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THE COUNSELOR'S CORNER: The power of a constant presence

September 30, 2014

By Fred Cavaiani A good friend of mine just died, Fr. Rupert Dorn OFM Cap. He was 90 years old and I have known him since I was 14 years old. He was my Provincial when I was a Capuchin-Franciscan. He was the kind priest whom I told that I was going ...

TAKING STOCK: Lower dividend yield but a better stock

September 30, 2014

Dear Mr. Berko: I'm considering the purchase of 500 shares of TECO Energy because I'm attracted to its 5 percent payout and its potential growth in prosperous Florida. But my broker tells me that United Technologies, which pays only 2 percent, ...

ADR SPOTLIGHT - Volunteer vs. private mediator: Can't we just get along?

September 30, 2014

By Joe Basta Convene a gathering of private, for-pay mediators to discuss the prognosis for their future and their conclusion is likely to be  “guarded.”  Informal mediator surveys and anecdotal evidence suggest that perhaps 20% of private ...

MY TURN: Get-together provides chance to swap stories

September 30, 2014

By Tom Kirvan Legal News Chris Brown, a decade retired from his duties as a district court judge in Pontiac, was there along with his lifelong friend, Elbert Hatchett, the renowned criminal defense attorney with a well-earned reputation for deftly carving ...

TAKING STOCK: Just a Dollar

September 30, 2014

Dear Mr. Berko: My broker is excitingly enthusiastic about Dollar Tree because of its pending merger with Family Dollar Stores. He thinks the shares could trade at more than $100 in two years. He wants me to sell my Boeing and Wal-Mart to buy 400 ...

CYBERSPACE SIGHTING: Ayuda Legal de Michigan website online now

September 30, 2014

Since MichiganLegalHelp.org launched on August 17, 2012, more than 760,000 visitors have accessed free, accurate legal information and forms to help them handle simple legal matters on their own. Now, much of this same information is available in Spanish ...