Blog — Family Business

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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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Provisions Protecting Landowners from Personal Injury LawsuitsAs weather in Michigan becomes warmer signaling the approach of summer, waterfront property owners begin thinking about boats, docks, jet skis, etc. Every summer, unfortunate accidents occur that are related to water and recreational activities: swimmers make a wrong judgment regarding the depth of the water and dive into shallow water resulting in severe neck injuries, boaters and those driving personal watercraft can be blinded by the sun and fail to see someone skiing or tubing behind a boat resulting in a...

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Normally, our weekly emails provide information on various legal issues to assist our clients, contacts and other subscribers in their personal and business affairs. Today's "special edition" is somewhat different. Hopefully the following information will make you pause, reflect on life a moment and simply make your day a little brighter. My wife and I have been blessed with three great sons, one of whom is challenged with autism. While not all of us have the challenge of raising a child with special needs, we all experience disappointments and failed expectations in our lives, careers and relationships. While the following poem focuses on the experience of raising the...

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