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ESTATE STRATEGIES: Year-end tax planning considerations

December 19, 2014

By Mark E. 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 to $5,000,000 ...

COMMENTARY: Justice 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 ...

MAY IT PLEASE THE PALATE: Baked German Potato Salad

December 19, 2014

By Nick Roumel The New York Times recently featured "The United States of Thanksgiving." They wrote, "We've scoured the nation for recipes that evoke each of the 50 states (and D.C. and Puerto Rico)." I had two thoughts. One was, "Why no dish for ...

TAKING STOCK: A smokin' stock

December 19, 2014

Dear Mr. Berko: Several places in New York and New Jersey have increased the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21, which is expected to sharply reduce smoking by our young people. Our 17- and 19-year-old boys smoke, and such a law here would ...

OFF THE PRESS

December 19, 2014

Legal proceedings-trials, arbitrations, or depositions-have complicated rules. Lawyers know them, but most witnesses don't. Lawyers are trained to exploit the rules, channel their adrenaline, think on their feet, and project their voices. They study strategies ...

EXPERT WITNESS - 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 file ...