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Cavanagh's remarkable judicial career celebrated

December 19, 2014

By Ross Parker Legal luminaries recently celebrated the distinguished judicial career of Michigan Supreme Court Justice Michael F. Cavanagh, the longest serving appellate judge in Michigan history. Several hundred people attended the court’s extraordinary ...

Estate Stretegies: Year-end tax planning considerations

December 19, 2014

By Mark P. Kellogg As 2014 draws to a close, there is still time to consider and engage in estate tax planning and income tax planning opportunities.  I. Estate and Gift Tax Planning. Given the significant increase in the federal estate tax exemption ...

Under Analysis: It's really not that simple

December 19, 2014

By Mark Levison As Christmas 2014 approaches, it is difficult as a legal commentator, not to reflect on the turmoil and angst permeating the country over the legal system as a result of grand jury decisions in New York and Missouri. However, those decisions ...

Taking Stock . . .

December 19, 2014

 Contain your hopes Dear Mr. Berko:  I recently spent $390 at The Container Store in Tampa, Florida.  They have some great kitchen and bath shelving.  It’s very expensive but well-made and practical. The store was packed, and one ...

Dealing with Detroit's major post-bankruptcy problem: A real-estate primer for attorneys and economists

December 19, 2014

 By John F. Sase, Ph.D. Gerard J. Senick, senior editor Julie G. Sase, copyeditor   “A lot of Americans think they got a tax cut and they didn’t because their local Property tax went up, their excise tax went up, their sales tax went ...

The difference between circuit court and DAAD appeals

December 19, 2014

 By Michael Brock and Matthew Zick   There are two basic kinds of Circuit Court appeals in cases where a client has lost his or her license because of drinking and driving, and they are quite different from each other.  Whether or not you should ...