Columns

MY TURN: A workday worth its weight in gold

August 14, 2017

The byline really should read “Bud Kirvan,” my late father who some 30 years ago wrote a column about an assignment I had given him. The fact that a son would give a father an “assignment” is worth a column itself, but that was only ...

COA rules for parents in grandparenting time case

August 14, 2017

By Lee Dryden BridgeTower Media Newswires Citing parents’ “constitutionally protected right to raise their children as they see fit,” a Michigan Court of Appeals panel overruled a lower court that granted grandparenting time over the parents’ ...

Decanting a trust: Will it age better?

August 14, 2017

Alexander A. Bove Jr. and Melissa Langa BridgeTower Media Newswires Even estate planners who don’t drink wine (there can’t be many) must by now be quite familiar with the term, “decanting.” The act of decanting occurs when a trustee ...

The secret of rainmaking is there is no secret

August 14, 2017

By Ellen Keiley Lawyers often want to know the secret to business-development success and how rainmakers make their large book of business happen. The truth is there is no secret. Sure, there is an art and science to business development, but it is a natural ...

Altman Weil survey results show current state of the legal industry

August 14, 2017

By Thomas Franz BridgeTower Media Newswires The results of the 2017 Altman Weil “Law Firms in Transition” Survey are in, and the news remains bleak for the legal industry nationally. The survey shows a continued trend of a decrease in demand ...

How to select a mediator

August 14, 2017

Robert E. L. Wright The Peace Talks PLC As mediation has become the preferred form of ADR in Michigan, the selection of a mediator has become a critical stage of the dispute resolution process. So how do you select a good mediator? Here are some answers based ...