Legal Alert: Governor Snyder Signs into Law Minimum Wage and Paid Medical Leave Bills

On December 14 Governor Snyder signed into law two bills that will increase Michigan’s minimum wage and require employers to provide paid medical leave to employees. The new laws are weaker than hoped for by many activists.

The new minimum wage law increases minimum wage to $9.45 per hour in 2019, with additional increases each year until reaching …

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Senate Committee Passes Bills Regarding Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Time

The two laws adopted by the legislature in September addressed raising the minimum wage and requiring employers to offer paid sick leave.

On November 28, 2018, the Senate Government Operations Committee passed two bills that would slow down the changes in two laws adopted by the Republican-led legislature in September. The legislature adopted these laws to avoid having them on the ballot to be decided by Michigan voters. By adopting the laws and not having them on the ballot, the leg…

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After Tax Reform: Practical Planning for the 99%

This article was first published in the State Bar of Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Vol. 37, No. 3.

History has shown a steady increase in the federal estate tax exemption.  It has not been smooth sailing, but a long-term view of the federal estate tax reveals a trend toward estate taxes only impacting a very small fraction of the…

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College Students + Powers of Attorney

National Estate Planning Awareness Week

By now your child has settled into her dorm or apartment and is hopefully working hard at pursuing that college degree and considering exciting career opportunities. While she appears to be quite grown up, living on her own, she may still be dependent upon you for many things like transportation, health insurance, emergency funds and, of course, la…

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Life After Divorce: Updating Your Estate Plan

National Estate Planning Awareness Week

You survived! Your divorce is now final, and you are ready to move on to the next chapter of your life, but there are a few more details that you do not want to overlook. Depending on how long you were married to your former spouse, his or her name is most likely all over your estate planning documents. You are probably the beneficiary of each othe…

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