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Michigan Estate Planning

Michigan Estate Planning

Covers estate planning issues for consumers. Published by Andy Richards of Smith Bovill P.C.

http://michiganestateplanning.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 9

    Should You have a “Ladybird” Deed?

    Should You have a “Ladybird” Deed?
    Twenty-five years ago, I was covering for an astute, senior partner at my first law firm employment. I got a call from the title company questioning a deed he had drafted. His proposed form of conveyance purported to convey all but a "life…
  • Feb 25

    New Michigan Law Avoids “Uncapping” in Family Transfer

    New Michigan Law Avoids “Uncapping” in Family Transfer
    Two years ago in March, I reported here on the Klooster v City of Charlevoix case, which addressed the issue of "uncapping" in a real estate transaction between family members. 1994 amendments to the Michigan Real Property Tax, placed a…
  • Jan 4

    Congress Finally Gives us Answers on Estate and Gift Tax

    Congress Finally Gives us Answers on Estate and Gift Tax
    To quote former President Gerald Ford, with respect to the Federal Estate and Gift Tax: "our long, national nightmare is over." Late on January 1, Congress enacted "The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012." I won't go into great detail…
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Military Veteran Attorney Blog

Military Veteran Attorney Blog

Covers VA benefits. By Serafini, Michalowski & Derkacz

http://www.militaryveteranattorney.com/
  • Feb 26

    Understanding Your Military Service Characterization

    Understanding Your Military Service Characterization
    Are you a military veteran who lives in the Detroit area and have questions about VA Benefits? If so, it is important to understand how your service is characterized because your eligibility for benefits is directly tied to your military…
  • Feb 21

    VA Benefit Increase

    VA Benefit Increase
    Despite the budget battle, the federal government has approved an increase for non-service connected benefits provided by the VA for wartime vets equal to the Social Security annual cost of living adjustment. If you are a Michigan wartime…
  • Feb 14

    VA Benefits for Assisted Living

    VA Benefits for Assisted Living
    Detroit and Grand Rapids area veterans may be eligible to receive VA benefits to supplement the cost of their care for either assisted living, independent living with care, or in home care. Through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)…
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Hermiz Law

Hermiz Law

Covers family law.

http://www.hermizlaw.com/blog/
  • Feb 22

    Official Website of HermizLaw Launched

    Official Website of HermizLaw Launched
    PaperStreet Web Design launches HermizLaw.com, the official website of HermizLaw, a Michigan based law firm.
  • Feb 22

    What is the Procedure for Filing for Divorce?

    What is the Procedure for Filing for Divorce?
    Before filing for divorce, a party must reside in the State of Michigan for at least 180 days preceding the filing of the complaint and must reside in the county where the complaint is filed for at least 10 days preceding the filing of the…
  • Feb 22

    How Long does it Take to get a Divorce in Michigan?

    How Long does it Take to get a Divorce in Michigan?
    There are minimum timelines that are required by law. In Michigan, a divorce can be granted in as little as 60 days if there are no children involved. If minor children are involved, there is a statutory six-month waiting period before the…
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Michigan Bankruptcy Attorneys Blog

Michigan Bankruptcy Attorneys Blog

By Redd Law, PLC.

http://www.michiganbankruptcyattorneysblog.com/
  • Jan 20

    Discharging Student Loan

    Discharging Student Loan
    In most cases, student loans cannot be discharged in bankruptcy. However, you may be able to discharge your student loan if you qualify because the repayment of the student loan results in an "undue hardship" to you. In reviewing your request…
  • Oct 13

    Michigan Homeowner Assistance

    Michigan Homeowner Assistance
    Michigan homeowners who are defaulting on their mortgage or property taxes can receive financial assistance through the "A Step Forward" program. Homeowners who have had a financial hardship can apply for the program to pay mortgage arrears,…
  • May 19

    Mortgage Reaffirmation in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

    Mortgage Reaffirmation in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
    In a chapter 7 bankruptcy discharge, the underlying mortgage debt is discharged, but the lien remains. This means that a creditor cannot force a debtor to repay the debt, but if the debt is not paid, the creditor can still foreclose on the…
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Michigan Construction Law

Michigan Construction Law

Focuses on developments in Michigan construction law.

http://michiganconstructionlaw.blogspot.com/
  • Dec 2

    FAR Amendments Designed to Speed Up Payment to Subcontractor

    FAR Amendments Designed to Speed Up Payment to Subcontractor
    On November 25, 2013,  the DOD, GSA, and NASA issued a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) to incorporate a new clause to provide accelerated payments to small business subcontractors.The new clause [FAR…
  • Sep 15

    Sixth Circuit Upholds Michigan Law Limiting Project Labor Agreement

    Sixth Circuit Upholds Michigan Law Limiting Project Labor Agreement
    On September 6, 2013, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to uphold the "Michigan Fair and Open Competition in Government Construction Act" (PA 98 of 2011).  The act prohibits a city, village, township or other governmental…
  • Jan 14

    New Law Expands Protection of Michigan's Anti-Indemnification Law

    New Law Expands Protection of Michigan's Anti-Indemnification Law
    The final days of 2012 saw a flurry of activity by the Michigan Legislature. Among the new legislation passed during an historic lame duck session was a significant legislative victory for contractors and design professionals.  Public…
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Clark Law Office Blog

Clark Law Office Blog

Covers Michigan criminal defense and personal injury issues.

http://theclarklawoffice.com/blog/
  • Nov 13

    Medical Marijuana and Vehicle Accident Laws in Michigan

    Medical Marijuana and Vehicle Accident Laws in Michigan
    Since being enacted by the public in 2008, medical marijuana has permeated almost all aspects of the Michigan justice system.  It seems like every couple of months a new ruling is issued by the Court of Appeals or the Michigan Supreme…
  • Oct 15

    Medical Marijuana Ordinances Tested By Michigan Supreme Court

    Medical Marijuana Ordinances Tested By Michigan Supreme Court
    Last week, the Supreme Court heard a crucial case to the patients and caregivers in the State of Michigan.  While the decision is still months away, this could potentially decide the fate of medical marijuana in Michigan forever. …
  • Sep 25

    House Bill 4959 Would Take Advantage of Senior Drivers in Michigan

    House Bill 4959 Would Take Advantage of Senior Drivers in Michigan
    Michigan is a no-fault state which requires all drivers to purchase no-fault auto insurance which includes lifetime benefits for serious auto injuries.  It is currently the only state in the U.S to have these unlimited benefits. …
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Michigan Estate Planning Lawyer…

Michigan Estate Planning Lawyer Blog

Covers trusts, probate, elder law, and estate planning. By Witzke Berry Carter & Wander PLLC.

http://www.michiganestateplanninglawyerblog.com/
  • Sep 24

    Tax Filing Tips for Same-Sex Couples in Oakland County

    Tax Filing Tips for Same-Sex Couples in Oakland County
    Tax filing tips as a result of the Windsor ruling on same-sex couples By Marc Wander Cincinnati residents James Obergefell and John Arthur lived together and were in a committed and intimate relationship for more than 20 years. When John…
  • Sep 24

    Obamacare: GOP’s NEW plan to repeal and replace

    Obamacare: GOP’s NEW plan to repeal and replace
    Obamacare proposed to be repealed and replaced in GOP’s new bill By Mike Witzke A health-care bill will be unveiled by the Republican Study Committee in the House of Representatives to replace Obamacare. (Related: Gifts for…
  • Sep 24

    Gifts for Caregivers: Music, Magazines and Informative Video

    Gifts for Caregivers: Music, Magazines and Informative Video
    Gifts for caregivers are a great way to show your appreciation of their hard work! By Chris Berry Music is another one of the many wonderful gifts for caregivers. It has been show to help heal, reduce stress, and enhance … Continue…
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Laurel Stuart-Fink on Michigan…

Laurel Stuart-Fink on Michigan Family Law

Covers divorce, adoption, alimony, child support and child custody.

http://laurelfink.typepad.com/
  • Apr 29

    GIVING BACK TO CHILDREN – CHARITY PLEDGE

    GIVING BACK TO CHILDREN – CHARITY PLEDGE
    If there is one thing I have learned in almost 30 years of family law practice, it is that children are the constant victims of divorce and other family court disputes. Whether the divorce is amicable or whether the parents...
  • Jan 16

    THOUGHTS ON THE DEATH OF A CUSTODY CLIENT

    THOUGHTS ON THE DEATH OF A CUSTODY CLIENT
    Let me start with a warning. This is not a cheerful article. It is written from a place of frustration, grief and even anger. Having said that, I am grateful I have never been a party in a divorce. I...
  • Dec 30

    Adoption and Politic

    Adoption and Politic
    Like most people, I often feel discouraged (and that’s putting it mildly) with “politics as usual.” It seems that Congress suffers from a terminal case of lethargy, and when galvanized, it’s only to engage in an often paralyzing fight…
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Michigan Criminal Lawyers Blog

Michigan Criminal Lawyers Blog

Covers Michigan criminal law and criminal defense news. By the Reeves Law Group.

http://www.michigancriminallawyersblog.com/
  • Mar 22

    "What I Did For Love": The Serial Stalking of Ivanka Trump

    "What I Did For Love": The Serial Stalking of Ivanka Trump
    His thin excuse? "I did it for love". Though the phrase is billed in thousands of songs, romance novels and movies the world over as THE magical formula for winning her heart, as we shall see--in reality, it is typically nothing more than a…
  • Mar 20

    Gun Slinging Granny Found Guilty Of Second Degree Murder For Shooting Teenage Grandson

    Gun Slinging Granny Found Guilty Of Second Degree Murder For Shooting Teenage Grandson
    Between the dreams, perceptions and fears of the human mind lies a no-man's land of shadowy, shimmering, shifting reflections that aren't always what they appear to be. And it was through that internal fog that 75 year old West Bloomfield…
  • Oct 11

    Defense of Legal Insanity Likely If East Lansing Professor Prosecuted

    Defense of Legal Insanity Likely If East Lansing Professor Prosecuted
    Sticky-note to self: It's Calculus 101 NOT pole dancing 101. And if that visual aid doesn't seem to be doing the trick, we have a feeling that Michigan State University calculus Professor John McCarthy's compulsory trip to the psychiatrist's…
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The Law Office of Raymond A.…

The Law Office of Raymond A. Harris PLLC Blog

Covers estate planning, medicaid and medicare.

http://www.raymondaharris.com/blog/
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Michigan Car Accident Attorneys…

Michigan Car Accident Attorneys Blog

Published by Serafini, Michalowski & Derkacz

http://www.michigancaraccidentattorneysblog.com/
  • Jan 5

    Driver Safety in Winter, Part I

    Driver Safety in Winter, Part I
    Safety Tips for the winter: 1. Get car battery checked to make sure it is in good working order. 2. Keep a 1/4 tank of gas in the car to keep lines from freezing. 3. Change AntiFreeze to make sure it is good in very cold…
  • Dec 28

    Payment of Attorney fee

    Payment of Attorney fee
    Our firm has been instrumental in convincing insurance companies to pay attorney fees as part of the total resolution of no fault claims. Recently, the firm has had many cases settle with the payment of attorney fees as part of the claim. …
  • Nov 15

    Pursuing No-Fault Claims Aggressively

    Pursuing No-Fault Claims Aggressively
    Aggressive litigation in no-fault cases is extremely critical to good resolution of claims. How do you find the right firm to take your no-fault case? Your personal protection benefits are a critical part of your claim. It is a very…
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The MTTLR Blog

The MTTLR Blog

By the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review.

http://www.mttlrblog.org/
  • Nov 21

    Old Regulations, New Technology

    Old Regulations, New Technology
    California’s Bay Area is moving towards a new means of transportation, but not if the state government can have its way. SideCar is a San Francisco-based startup that offers real-time ridesharing to a community of smartphone users who need…
  • Nov 14

    YouTube Updates its Content ID Dispute Process, but is it Enough?

    YouTube Updates its Content ID Dispute Process, but is it Enough?
    On October 3, 2012, YouTube announced a change in its content ID dispute process, as updated on its blog. What does this update really mean and why does it matter? A short story might help clarify the situation.
  • Nov 12

    Are Your E-mail Communications Protected by the Stored Communications Act?

    Are Your E-mail Communications Protected by the Stored Communications Act?
    Last month, the Supreme Court of South Carolina ruled that the Stored Communications Act (“SCA”) did not protect e-mails contained in a user’s webmail account. Jennings v. Jennings, No. 27177 2012 WL 4808545 (S.C. Oct. 10, 2012). The…
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Michigan Injury Lawyers Blog

Michigan Injury Lawyers Blog

Michigan trial lawyers discuss personal injury and wrongful death cases. By The Reeves Law Group.

http://www.michiganinjurylawyersblog.com/
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Health Care Lawyer Blog

Health Care Lawyer Blog

Covers health care law news, issues and court decisions. By Frank Haron Weiner, P.L.C.

http://www.healthcarelawyerblog.com/
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Defending The Digital Workplace

Defending The Digital Workplace

Addresses technology and employment law issues facing business professionals. By Jason Shinn.

http://jshinn.wordpress.com
  • Sep 1

    Resources and Links for Employment Law Issues Facing Employers and Employee

    Resources and Links for Employment Law Issues Facing Employers and Employee
    I no longer actively publish on this blog site. However, readers of this blog or those interested in issues at the intersection of employment law and technology issues can still discuss these issues with me at my new blog, The Michigan…
  • Feb 7

    Facebook Firing Ends in Settlement with NLRB

    Facebook Firing Ends in Settlement with NLRB
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that it had reached a settlement in a case involving an employee’s discharge for posting negative comments about a supervisor on the employee’s Facebook page. Click here for the NLRB’s…
  • Dec 21

    Revisions to FTC’s Red Flags Rule Exempts Lawyers, Doctors, and Accountant

    Revisions to FTC’s Red Flags Rule Exempts Lawyers, Doctors, and Accountant
    The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Red Flag Rules have been revised to exclude certain professionals prior to the latest enforcement deadline of December 31, 2010. Specifically, President Obama signed into law on December 18, 2010, the…
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Michigan Drunk Driving Attorney…

Michigan Drunk Driving Attorney Blog

By Kronzek & Cronkright, PLLC.

http://www.michiganouidefense.com/blog/
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Michigan DUI Lawyer Blog

Michigan DUI Lawyer Blog

Covers Michigan DUI laws and offenses. By Serafini, Michalowski, Derkacz & Associates, P.C.

http://www.michiganduilawyerblog.com/
  • Aug 23

    The Driver's License Appeals Process - Part 2

    The Driver's License Appeals Process - Part 2
    In our previous installment, we discussed the appeals process in Michigan. We likened the process of hiring a DUI attorney to assist you in this process to hiring an experienced Sherpa to guide you to the top of the mountain. Well, in…
  • Aug 23

    The Driver's License Appeals Process - Part 2

    The Driver's License Appeals Process - Part 2
    In our previous installment, we discussed the appeals process in Michigan. We likened the process of hiring a DUI attorney to assist you in this process to hiring an experienced Sherpa to guide you to the top of the mountain. Well, in…
  • Aug 9

    The Driver's License Appeals Process - Part 1

    The Driver's License Appeals Process - Part 1
    You are nearing the end of your suspension or revocation of driving privileges from the Michigan Secretary of State. The past year or the past five years have been very difficult. You have worn out your welcome from friends and family who…
Rank this Week: 1518

Redman Law Firm

Redman Law Firm

Covers real estate legal issues in Michigan.

http://redmanlawfirm.wordpress.com/
  • Jul 16

    Short Sale Seller Beware – Court Holds Lender Approval is Not an Essential Element of Contract

    Short Sale Seller Beware – Court Holds Lender Approval is Not an Essential Element of Contract
    On June 21, 2012, in the case of Cullinane v. Estate of Holly Vene, unpublished, the Michigan Court of Appeals addressed a case where a buyer sued the estate of a seller for specific performance on a short sale when the estate refused to…
  • Jun 26

    Court Finds Foreclosed Homeowners Not Liable for Removing Fixtures From Home

    Court Finds Foreclosed Homeowners Not Liable for Removing Fixtures From Home
    In the case of Gerber Federal Credit Union v. Shields, unreported, Docket # 303663, the Michigan Court of Appeals were faced with a case brought by a credit union against homeowners who allegedly removed cabinets, a sink and countertops from…
  • Jun 15

    Bank of America Issues New Short Sale Guideline

    Bank of America Issues New Short Sale Guideline
    Bank of America has announced “Enhanced Second Lien Deficiency Waiver Guidelines”. It is important when processing a short sale to understand all of the latest programs in place by all of the lenders.  The latest announcement reads:…
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Michigan Collection Law Blog

Michigan Collection Law Blog

Covers collection agencies, collection law firms, and debt collection. By Nitzkin & Associates.

http://michigancollectionlawblog.com/
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Michigan Workers' Compensation Law

Michigan Workers' Compensation Law

Covers workers compensation law in Michigan. By Ronald W. Ryan.

http://michcomplaw.typepad.com/michcomplaw/
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Anthony M. Snyder & Associates,…

Anthony M. Snyder & Associates, PLLC

Covers life, the law and Michigan politics.

http://tonysnyder.com/law/
  • May 4

    Got A Little Charlie Sheen On Your Hands?

    Got A Little Charlie Sheen On Your Hands?
    The title to this article is both humorous, and yet more appropriate to your life than you might realize. When I was a kid, my mother used to always say to me, “The way you like to spend money, you’d better grow up to be a brain surgeon…
  • Apr 30

    Hit The Lottery, Let Everyone Know!

    Hit The Lottery, Let Everyone Know!
    For those of us that live in Michigan, there may be a “nice problem to have” in your future. Ever play Mega Millions or Powerball and dream of what a life with an extra $300+ million would be like? We all had Mega Millions fever last…
  • Feb 22

    Tea For Two

    Tea For Two
    Have you seen this article yet? Here’s the quick and dirty: Two high school boys were in a fight on school property. A female teacher sees the fight, verbally attempts to break up the fight, when she’s unsuccessful she pours her hot tea…
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Michigan Estate Planning, Probate…

Michigan Estate Planning, Probate and Elder Law

Covers Michigan estate planning, wills, living trusts, powers of attorney, elder law, caregiving, family matters and growing older . By Glenn Matecun.

http://matecunlaw.wordpress.com
  • Mar 31

    What is a Lady Bird Deed?

    What is a Lady Bird Deed?
    Check this out if you want to learn more about how a Michigan Lady Bird Deed works and how it can help with your Will, Trust or other estate planning.
  • Mar 8

    Beware! Estate Planning for Second Marriages Can Be Tricky.

    Beware! Estate Planning for Second Marriages Can Be Tricky.
    The following was recently published in my “Ask the Lawyer” column: Question:   I just got remarried and both my husband and I have children from previous marriages. I am worried that my son and daughter won’t get anything if I die…
  • Oct 23

    IRS Issues Long-Term Care Premium Deductibility Limits for 2012

    IRS Issues Long-Term Care Premium Deductibility Limits for 2012
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is increasing the amount taxpayers can deduct from their 2012 taxes as a result of buying long-term care insurance.  Premiums for “qualified” long-term care insurance policies (see explanation below)…
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Michael Morse's Technology and…

Michael Morse's Technology and Management Blog

Covers cool sites, gadgets, and technology and management tips.

http://www.michaelmorsesblog.com
  • Feb 2

    Desktop Virtualization Saves Cost

    Desktop Virtualization Saves Cost
    Sometime ago I made an investment in technology and it has begun to pay off.  Those in the practice of law may know I have been a pioneer in paperless office innovation using an array of desktop and network scanners.  Several years ago I…
  • Nov 11

    Try Echosign for Electronic Signature

    Try Echosign for Electronic Signature
    Electronic signatures are getting more and more popular. Federal courts now accept electronic signatures, state courts are starting to, and businesses use them to execute contracts. If you are considering using digital signatures for your…
  • Sep 14

    Organize Your Inbox

    Organize Your Inbox
    Gmail has a brand new feature to help you stay better organized.  It’s called priority inbox. Google has designed formulas that determine whether an email is important or not. They figure this out based on which emails you read and which…
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Michigan Criminal Appeals

Michigan Criminal Appeals

Covers criminal appellate law. By Stuart G. Friedman.

http://www.crimapp.com/index.php
  • Aug 24

    Court of Appeals Invalidates Patient-to-Patient Sales Under Medical Marijuana Act

    Court of Appeals Invalidates Patient-to-Patient Sales Under Medical Marijuana Act
    Narrowly construing Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act, the Court of Appeals just ruled that patient-to-patient transfers are not permitted.
  • Aug 23

    Sex Offenders: The Last Pariah'

    Sex Offenders: The Last Pariah'
    The blog Congress, Courts, and Sex Offenders has an interesting editorial making the case that society’s current obsession with sex offenders is misplaced and that they have become the last pariahs.
  • Aug 23

    California Legislature Requires Warrant for Cell Phone Searche

    California Legislature Requires Warrant for Cell Phone Searche
    Overturning a California Supreme Court decision to the contrary, the California Legislature has required police to get warrants supported by probable cause to search people’s cell phones. During an automobile stop, police can easily search…
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Family Law Child Custody Divorce…

Family Law Child Custody Divorce Blog

Covers Michigan family law and child custody cases.

http://familylawchildcustodydivorce.wordpress.com
  • Nov 25

    Cyberstalking in Illinois: Old Game, New Rules.

    Cyberstalking in Illinois: Old Game, New Rules.
    With the permission of the Illinois Family Law Gazette, a website about Illinois divorce, child custody, child support, and family law, I have republished the below article about cyberstalking in Illinois. It is below:  
  • Oct 6

    Gov. Quin backs Illinois Civil Union

    Gov. Quin backs Illinois Civil Union
    The Associated Press is reporting that Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois could legalize civil unions before the end of 2010.
  • Mar 29

    Illinois family law, divorce and child custody information

    Illinois family law, divorce and child custody information
    The Family Law Gazette has some interesting information about Illinois family law, divorce, and child custody. The Family Law Gazette seems like it is a productive way for people involved in family law, divorce, or child custody cases to…
Rank this Week: 4182

Harvey Kruse, P.C. Blog

Harvey Kruse, P.C. Blog

Covers Michigan business law and litigation topics.

http://www.harveykruse.com/blog
  • Apr 1

    U.S. Supreme Court Adopts “Nerve Center” Diversity Jurisdiction Test

    U.S. Supreme Court Adopts “Nerve Center” Diversity Jurisdiction Test
    In Hertz Corp. v. Friend, 2010 U.S. LEXIS 1897 (Feb. 23, 2010), the United States Supreme Court finally resolved a split among the circuits on how to analyze where a corporation’s “principal place of business” is for purposes of…
  • Oct 19

    PROPOSED LEGISLATION WOULD IMPOSE $1 MILLION FINES ON INSURANCE COMPANIES

    PROPOSED LEGISLATION WOULD IMPOSE $1 MILLION FINES ON INSURANCE COMPANIES
    Several Michigan State Representatives have taken steps to enact legislation to hold insurance companies “accountable” for perceived misdeeds.  State Representatives Vicki Barnett, Mike Simpson, Lisa Brown and Jon Switalski have proposed…
  • Oct 19

    Should Your Company Hire National Trial Counsel?

    Should Your Company Hire National Trial Counsel?
    As product liability lawsuits continue to cut into slim margins of profit in recession based sales, many companies are looking for a solution.   Repeated lawsuits, even those without merit, are frequently rewarded by settlements that…
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