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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Dan A. Penning has been invited as a featured speaker to present on the topic of estate and gift tax issues concerning cottage succession planning at the ICLE 51st Annual Probate & Estate Planning Conference for Michigan attorneys. Penning will join two other speakers addressing cottage law succession planning issues during the three-day conference featuring a variety of topics for Michigan attorneys seeking continuing legal education. The conference will be held at the Grand Traverse Resort, in Acme, Michigan on May 19-21, 2011 and a second presentation will be held at The Inn at St...

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Who am I? In my career, I am a lawyer. I love being a lawyer. I mean, I really love the practice of law and all the experiences it provides to me. I would not want to do anything else.

I started my firm as a solo practitioner with one trusting client and a financed loan from a relative in 1987. It's been a great experience. Fortunately, I paid the loan back and the client is still a client and a trusted friend as well.

I often share with younger people, who talk to me about their interest in becoming a lawyer, that never once in my 26 years of practice have I ever looked at my watch or a clock and wished that time would pass more quickly. I am constantly...

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Many services available at no cost

Data breaches and loss of personal identifying information have spawned products and services to help consumers prevent or minimize the risk of identity theft. Some rights and protections you have under federal or state laws can help you protect your identity and recover from identity theft at no cost, but some people either prefer to pay a third party to perform these services or they are not aware that many of the services are available at no cost.

Free Fraud Alerts
A fraud alert is a signal placed...

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Monday, April 4, 2011

In Leelanau County The Penning Group will Sponsor 1st Business Forum of Industry Experts to Discuss Issues Relevant to Small Business Owners

The Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce will launch the 1st Annual Leelanau Peninsula Business Forum on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 from 7:00 am - 9:00 am at the Leelanau Sands Showroom.

The following presenters will each speak for approximately 15 minutes and all will be available after the forum to answer individual questions:

Legal & Entity Formation and Business Planning
--Dan A. Penning, The Penning Group

Lending Opportunities for Small Businesses
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Monday, March 28, 2011

Like many business professionals, your laptop and cell phone have become a corporate archive of important and confidential business information about your company. Smart phones have allowed sensitive data to be available at your fingertips that can be carried most anywhere. Identity thieves can have an easy time of accessing data that is legally protected if you don't address security issues in your overall Information Technology plan. Many businesses find it more cost-effective to secure the information they have rather than try to repair the damage and rebuild consumer...

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