Litigation

Choosing a Corporate Litigation Attorney

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Litigation | Comments Off on Choosing a Corporate Litigation Attorney

What to Look for in a Corporate Litigation Attorney As a business owner, corporate director or company manager the word “litigation” is the last thing you want to hear. Whether you are being sued – or you have been forced into a position where you must bring a legal action – you need to know that your attorney is up to the task of protecting your interests through every step of litigation. Skilled corporate litigation attorneys must possess a deep understanding of the law and an intimate knowledge of the Court’s personnel & procedures, as well as the experience, tenacity &...

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What We Do.

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Business General Counsel, Business Planning, Estate Planning, Federal Taxes, Litigation, Probate, Tax | 0 comments

We are Ready to Help We are not like the “TV commercial attorneys”.  This is not meant to disparage the personal injury, disability or workers’ compensation attorneys who advertise on television, but we are in a completely different business than those lawyers.  By all means, if you are hurt in an automobile accident, give us a call.  We would be happy to refer you to an attorney who handles those matters.  We, however, will not be the attorneys representing you in those cases. Our Practice Areas So, if we are not suing for injuries, what is it we do as attorneys?  The simple answer is that...

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Ice and Snow Should Concern Property Owners

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in Business General Counsel, Litigation, Real Estate | 0 comments

Ice and snow on publicly accessed property should be of concern to property owners. A decision in 2014 by the Michigan Court of Appeals brought clarification to what has been known as the open and obvious doctrine which applies to parties that are injured when on the property of another.  With certain exceptions, the open and obvious doctrine held that a party cannot collect for damages when they are injured as a result of a property defect that was “open and obvious” to that individual.  For example it would be difficult to collect for injuries sustained when one steps into a...

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Business Litigation: Document Retention Policies

Posted by on Jun 1, 2014 in Litigation | 0 comments

Business Litigation: Document Retention Policies

We are frequently approached by company owners with the question of how long business records should be maintained.  While the answer to how long a business should keep its particular records is not an easy question, there are several considerations that should go into the decision. First and foremost the business process needs need to come first.  For example, if a business needs to reference its communications with clients or its previous designs for many years, those needs should outweigh the desire to reduce the records maintained by a business to clear out clutter. Many suggest that...

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Jointly Held Property: Good or Bad Idea?

Posted by on Jun 15, 2013 in Litigation, Probate, Real Estate, Tax | 0 comments

A frequent question that comes to us as lawyers is whether or not it is a good idea to maintain jointly held property.  The context of these issues often relate to situations where parents want to put their children’s name on their bank accounts or where siblings hold real estate jointly that once belonged to parents.  These questions about jointly held property come up with regard to all different types of property such as investment accounts, bank account, real property and even interests in debt where a party or parties are owed money pursuant to a promissory note.  Frequently the...

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Negotiating Litigation Settlements with Taxes in Mind

Posted by on May 19, 2012 in Federal Taxes, Litigation | 1 comment

Generally speaking, a dollar is a dollar is a dollar.  Sure, you may have one dollar bill in your wallet that is perfect, smooth and new while a second bill in that same wallet is old, worn and dirty.  But when you really get down to it, those two dollar bills are the same to you, based on the fact that they’re both in your wallet and each could buy you approximately a 1/4 of a cup of coffee at Starbucks.  So, when are two dollars not equal?  Easy, when one dollar is subject to tax and the other is not.  That is what you need to keep in mind when entering into an agreement to settle...

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