Legal Alert: I Say a Little Prayer

Aretha Franklin's Estate Plan

Aretha Franklin died on August 16, 2018, and there is much buzz about the Queen of Soul’s lack of an estate plan. Her estate is rumored to be worth roughly $80 million and possibly more depending on the value of her song catalog. Probate court filings and reports from her inner circle indicate that she died without ever having prepared a will or tr…

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Ending the Trend: Lessons from #MeToo

This past week, through the “#metoo” campaign, countless women have revealed that they have been the victims of sexual harassment or sexual assault during their lives. Without a doubt, some of these incidents have occurred within the workplace. The sheer volume of stories shared highlights that sexual harassment in the workplace is a persistent and…

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March's Final Friday Jeans Day Donations Headed to Guiding Light

This month, Smith Haughey will be collecting Final Friday Jeans Day donations for Guiding Light, an organization whose mission is to partner with individuals to fulfill their God-given potential through rescue, recovery, and re-engagement in the community. The organization assists men with substance abuse problems to achieve recovery from addiction…

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Watch Yourself Entrepreneur...

...the SEC Eats Punks Like You for Breakfast

As a corporate and business law attorney, whether I’m working with a client that is completely new to the business realm (like a first-time entrepreneur) or a client who owns a massively successful company, one thing seems to be consistent across the board: entrepreneurs of all shapes and sizes often do not really understand (or care about) securit…

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A Brief Guide to the Michigan Court System

When people or companies disagree, they are often left with no choice but to go to court and litigate their disputes. Litigation, the process of navigating a dispute through the court system, can often be a bit of a mystery to non-attorneys and even attorneys who do not litigate as part of their practice. Our favorite courtroom dramas and movies gi…

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