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Commentary: How Obergefell will impact state trust and estate laws

July 27, 2015

By Marlaine Teahan The Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges will have wide-ranging implications across the country. The impact on estate planning and the administration of trusts and estates in Michigan is staggering. The Obergefell ruling ...

LOCAL VOICE: Weed and work just don't mix

July 27, 2015

It's Sunday morning and you are looking forward to a day off of work. You wake up and your back is just killing you must be that disc problem doctors say they simply can't fix. Good thing is, you have something that can help, and even better, you have a prescription ...

THE FIRM: There is no magic number for occupancy overhead

July 27, 2015

By Edward Poll Dolan Media Newswires A lawyer called me a while back to inquire about average percentage of revenue to be allocated for occupancy. He wanted to know whether his percentage was in line with that of other law firms. I cited one study that put ...

MY TURN: A 'grand' juror whiffs when court duty calls

July 27, 2015

Some day, perhaps within hours of this missive being published, I expect to be summoned for jury duty. I have longed for the opportunity and have been puzzled that seemingly everyone around me - son, sisters, nephews, friends, colleagues, and neighbors - have ...

LOCAL VOICE: Daughter's legal advice helps elderly father find peace

July 27, 2015

By Grace Reid Lawyers are often asked about their proudest moments as a lawyer. The responses generally involve tales of glorious victories in legal combat. Here is a tale that will bring forth no drum rolls or blares of trumpets. Just simple truths, simply ...

Same-sex marriage decision may impact employee benefit plans

July 27, 2015

By Elizabeth Latchana On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court issued the 5-4 landmark decision in Obergefell v Hodges striking down same-sex marriage bans across the country as unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment. Now, Michigan, as well as every other ...