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Sunday, June 13, 2010

We were doubly blessed in January, 1995 with twin boys. Both weighed in at 40 pounds. One was blond and one was dark-haired. There it was - our family complete - three boys under 2 1/2 years of age. Do you remember the poem, what are little boys made of? "Snails, tails and puppy dog tails." Our lives were busy with diapers, bottles, and watching in amazement how our world went from one to three. Casey PenningWhen our oldest son asked the very next week, after they were home from the hospital, "When can they go back?" I looked at him blurried from little sleep and...

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Business Succession Plan for moving beyond buy-sell agreements for the closely held businessA large portion of the businesses in the United States are closely held companies, and many of the closely held companies are family owned enterprises. The long term perpetuation of the family business is a common and laudable goal of most founders. Developing strategic and successful transitions to subsequent generations largely centers on who will control the company and whether the control will be concentrated in one family member or a small group of family members, or if the...

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Oil and Gas Leases: What Northern Michigan Landowners Should Know Oil and Gas Leases: What Northern Michigan Landowners Should KnowRecently, many of my firm's clients who own multiple acres of land in northern Michigan have been contacted by petroleum company representatives and offered oil and gas rights leases for their land. While many of these companies are reputable and offer fairly standard terms in their leases, they are generally trying to secure leases that are most favorable to them. The landowner should be aware of provisions that can be included to protect their...

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Minors, alcohol and underage drinking
Minors, alcohol and underage drinkingAs we approach the season of high-school proms, graduations and graduation open houses and parties, it is important to remember the basics concerning alcohol, minors and underage drinking. What may seem like a harmless or innocent circumstance in providing a minor with an alcoholic beverage can result in negative consequences lasting a lifetime to both the adult and the minor child.

Zero tolerance by police officers
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Monday, April 12, 2010

Launching a boat in April in MichiganLaunching a boat in Michigan waters during the month of April is not very common. Boat insurance policies, however, generally begin to provide coverage on April 15. If you've not given much thought to your boat insurance policy, this spring might be a good time to review your policy and determine if you need more protection as you navigate the Great Lakes or Michigan's inland lakes.

Although many homeowner and automobile companies offer boat insurance, the coverage your existing policy provides may not be adequate...

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