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Monday, December 20, 2010


"Christmas reminds us we are not alone. We are not unrelated atoms, bouncing and ricocheting amid aliens, but are a part of something, which holds and sustains us. As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December's bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same. Christmas shows us the ties that bind us together, threads of love and caring, woven in the simplest and strongest way within the family." -Donald Westlake
As many of us prepare to spend the Christmas holidays with family, we may find that we have several names left on our lists for whom we...

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Monday, November 22, 2010

A problematic trend seems to be emerging with banks failing to properly discharge liens of previous property owners. Recently when I've been assisting clients in the sale of both commercial and residential real estate we've encountered significant problems caused by banks that failed to properly discharge liens of previous owners after my clients purchased the property. These lien discharge problems have in some instances almost caused sales to be terminated and have caused significant delays resulting in hardship and increased costs for the parties to the transaction.

The Problem When you, as a purchaser of real estate, close on the purchase of property, most...

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Monday, November 22, 2010

 

Dan A. Penning Successfully Defends Appeal with Michigan Court of AppealsRecent oral arguments presented by attorney Dan A. Penning, before a Michigan Court of Appeals panel of judges, resulted in a unanimous 3-0 vote in which the Appeals judges upheld the trial court’s decision dismissing the case.

Penning argued in support of a Circuit Court’s decision dismissing a...

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Virtually any newscast or newspaper continues to talk about the "tax increases" that will become effective January 1, 2011. While the general concept is widely reported there seems to be little attention being given to the specific taxes that will increase if no action is taken by the lame duck congress by the end of the year. The following information is not being offered as any political objection or endorsement but rather just factual information that I wanted to share with everyone for the express purpose of understanding the increases and encouraging everyone to consult with their tax...

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Monday, November 8, 2010

The Perils of Internet Searches Using the Names of Job Applicants Exposure to Liability
Many employers, in the interest of finding information about applicants or current employees, periodically or routinely conduct internet searches with the name of the person about whom the company desires more information. Many employers discover positive information about the applicant that was not evident on the applicant's resume and application; however, employers also happen upon other valuable information as well, that indicates an applicant's faults that may affect job performance if the applicant were to begin work for the company. Facebook, Twitter,...

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