Estate Planning: Providing for Pets

 July 15, 2018

By: Angela C. Wetherby When I meet with clients to discuss estate planning, many of those clients are very interested in learning more about how they might set aside certain assets in order to care for their surviving loved ones.  Today, the term “loved ones” may not be limited to friends and family of the […]

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Personal Liability of LLC Members

 July 1, 2018

By: Angela C. Wetherby Generally speaking, Michigan law protects a member and/or manager of al limited liability company (“LLC”) from personal liability with respect to the debts and obligations of the LLC.  In other words, as a member of a LLC, you are not usually personally responsible for those actions that you take on behalf […]

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Assignment of Trademarks and Service Marks

 June 15, 2018

By: Angela C. Wetherby A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, or design (or combination thereof) that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others.  A service mark is similar to a trademark; however, rather than goods, a service mark distinguishes the source of a service.  Both trademarks […]

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Open Meetings Act and Social Media

 May 1, 2018

By: Angela C. Wetherby In today’s world of ever-changing technology and the rampant use of social media, local governments should be especially cognizant of the way in which government representatives communicate outside of a public setting. While social media presents a new way for municipalities to communicate with members of the community, it also raises […]

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Harassment in the Workplace

 February 15, 2018

By:  Angela C. Wetherby Workplace harassment is a concern for employers operating in the public and private sectors.  Lawsuits and other claims based on workplace harassment can be very costly to employers, both from a financial standpoint and in terms of the public’s overall perception of the subject employer. This is because workplace harassment amounts […]

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Appealing a Decision of a Zoning Board of Appeals

 January 15, 2018

By: Angela C. Wetherby In Michigan, the role of a zoning board of appeals (“ZBA”) is, generally speaking, to address appeals of administrative decisions made with respect to the implementation and enforcement of a municipality’s zoning ordinance.  A ZBA is also responsible for considering and making decisions relative to requests for variances from the zoning […]

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Medical Malpractice

 January 1, 2018

By: Bruce A. Inosencio, Jr. Michigan courts have found healthcare providers liable for medical malpractice for birth injuries, medication mistakes, patient falls, failing to recommend or provide treatment needed by the patient, failure to properly diagnose a condition, failing to order appropriate tests, hospital infections, surgery mistakes, and many other reasons.  Reviewing medical records to […]

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When Business Partners Want Out

 December 15, 2017

By: Kristina M. Fisk In the beginning of every business partnership, the future is bright.  Sometimes, however, business relationships change.  Perhaps one partner wants to take a different path or perhaps partners have a falling out they simply cannot overcome. Whether the business is a partnership, corporation or limited liability company, my first inquiry is […]

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The Impact of the MTC on Poorly Drafted Grantor Trusts

 December 1, 2017

By: Angela C. Wetherby In Michigan, grantor trusts are governed by the Michigan Trust Code (MTC), which is part of the Estates and Protected Individuals Code (EPIC).  One of the advantages of a funded grantor trust is that it may provide a means of avoiding formal guardianship and/or conservatorship proceedings in the event that the […]

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Trusts 101: Living Trusts

 November 22, 2017

By:  Angela C. Wetherby A “trust” is defined as legal relationship in which a person (or sometimes an entity) holds title to and manages assets for the distinct benefit of another person.  The specifics of the trust relationship should be memorialized in a written document, which is often referred to as a “trust agreement.”  The […]

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