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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Boating goes wrongAll states, and in certain circumstances the federal government, regulate the  use and enjoyment of watercrafts of all kinds on water located within or contiguous to any particular state.  Although this writing concentrates on the State of Michigan, if you plan on boating this summer in your own state of residence or another that you will be visiting, I encourage you to take the time to familiarize yourself with the "rules of the water" to protect you, your family and your friends as you...

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

As many of you are aware, one of my twin 17-year old sons, Casey, is autistic.  Casey was first diagnosed with his condition 13 years ago at the age of 4.  Since that time, children suffering from autism have been diagnosed at record rates across the country.

The first reaction any parent has when their child is...

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

 

What Everyone Should Know Regarding Software Piracy Laws.

image of a pirate flag with a red xIn my practice, I have encountered many situations both with individual and business clients where they received notices from software companies alleging my clients had violated software piracy laws.  These notices are no joke and not for the circular file.

My most recent experience has been with a business client who was accused of illegal and unauthorized use...

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Penning Group is pleased to announce the opening of its new Grand Rapids, Michigan office located at:

Penning Group's new Grand Rapids office250 Monroe NW, Suite 400
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Telephone: 616.717.5746
Fax: 616.717.5701

Additionally, the firm has moved its Detroit area office to Novi,...

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Avoid the Pitfalls of Joint Accounts with a Durable Power of Attorney and Living TrustMany people employ the use of joint financial accounts as a matter of convenience, such as an elderly parent placing a child's name on the parent's checking account so that checks and deposits can continue if the parent is travelling or incapacitated. There is nothing necessarily wrong with this, but many well-meaning people are uninformed about the consequences of placing a non-spouse on their...

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