Individual Services – Estate planning, probate, and family law

  • DOL Issues Additional Guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

    March 30, 2020

    The DOL issued its first guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) last week that provided helpful information about paid sick leave and the expanded FMLA leave. Since then, the DOL has added significantly more information to its guidance, which clarifies several very important issues regarding the implementation of the FFCRA. Below we […]

  • Agency Rulemaking in the Wake of COVID-19: How to Prepare

    March 27, 2020

    To say the regulated community’s situation is fluid during the time of COVID-19 would be an understatement. Questions swirl regarding compliance obligations, contract enforcement, agency enforcement, and more. At best, there is an inconsistent patchwork of agency responses. What will happen once the dust begins to settle? What will the new regulatory landscape look like? […]

  • IRS RESPONSE TO COVID-19

    March 25, 2020

    IRS Notice 2020-18, which supersedes a more restrictive Notice 2020-17, provides taxpayers with relief concerning income tax filings and payments otherwise due on April 15, 2020.  For taxpayers with a due date for filing Federal income tax returns and making Federal income tax payments on April 15, 2020, the due date is automatically postponed until […]

  • How Does Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order Impact Family Law?

    March 24, 2020

    Yesterday, Michigan families were preparing to comply and adapt to Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-21 (“Stay Home, Stay Safe”).  The Michigan Supreme Court issued a Statement, and the State Bar of Michigan also issued an Advisory regarding the impact on divorce and family law.  To assist you in understanding how you are impacted, we have […]

  • Administering a Special Needs Trust

    March 22, 2020

    When a special needs trust is needed, careful consideration should be given so beneficiaries who also are receiving government benefits are not impacted by an inheritance. A special needs trust provides for the beneficiary’s discretionary needs in a manner that is intended to avoid disqualification from government benefit programs.  So, properly administering a special needs […]

  • Workplace Issues Prompted By The COVID-19 Pandemic

    March 12, 2020

    The current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has prompted extraordinary public and governmental response, and with it, many practical questions for employers.  We are not medical doctors, and there is an abundance of advice available on-line about common-sense measures employers and employees can and should take to reduce the chance of exposure.  We also know that the […]

  • Does Your FIFRA Cost-Share Agreement Avoid Risk?

    January 23, 2020

    Any agreement that does not fully contemplate relevant regulations has the potential to expose parties to risk and leave money on the table. This is especially true for cost-share agreements regarding pesticide data development. Scientific data supporting pesticide registrations is highly proprietary and expensive. Protecting registrants’ investments is paramount, especially when the data is collectively […]

  • Legal Documents Every College Student Should Have

    August 5, 2019

    As fall quickly approaches, my oldest child will soon be leaving for college.  We have begun the process of packing and I have learned that the typical college-bound student’s packing list will include “essential items” such as a mini fridge, laptop computer, cell phone, clothes, and shower shoes.  There is one other item that I, […]

  • Young Families Need Estate Planning Too!

    February 19, 2019

    “I am not old enough for an estate plan.” “Wills and Trusts are for the rich.  All I have is debt and kids.” “Who me?  I’m still healthy.” All of these are common responses when parents of young children are asked if they have prepared an estate plan.  But consider the consequences…. When parents leave […]

  • What to Ask Before Retaining a Divorce Lawyer

    January 23, 2018

    Retaining a divorce attorney requires careful consideration.  When a marriage ends, spouses and their children often face a perfect storm of stressful decisions:  new living arrangements, parenting schedules, and of course issues concerning property and money.   Your attorney will inform you about the legal process, explain how the courts interpret the law and will help […]

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