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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Supreme Court Gay Marriage Ruling Affects Companies’ Employee Benefits

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision extending same-sex marriage to every state will have a big effect on many employee benefit programs. Prior to the ruling, most states (and the federal government) recognized same-sex marriage. If all of your employees live in states that previously recognized gay marriages, then no significant changes are...

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Legal Issues for Business and Social Media

Social media is a relatively new phenomenon, and the law is just beginning to catch up with the issues that are being raised for businesses. 

A thorough legal review of a company's social media practices is always a good idea, but here is a preliminary checklist of possible issues to be addressed. 

Employees' (or Job Applicants') Personal Social Media...

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Life Insurance as Part of Your Estate Plan

Even if you have a relatively modest estate, life insurance can be an important part of your estate planning for the obvious reason that it can substantially increase the estate’s value. In the case where there’s a premature death and a young family is in need of support, life insurance may be the primary means for that family's financial survival.

For larger estates, life insurance can be useful by providing the liquidity necessary to pay...

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Life Happens Life insurance has evolved to keep up with changing consumer demands

The following guest blog is written by Ted Kotsakis, Chief Executive Officer of PLUS Financial Network. He has been in the insurance business since 1985 and has held managerial positions with Prudential and AIG Life prior to creating PLUS Financial Network.

Ted is a current member of NAILBA, NAIFA and AALU and is a past President of NAIFA of Greater Detroit. Ted's unique experience and...

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Common Questions on Storm Damage Insurance

A few weeks ago, an incredibly powerful series of thunderstorms, including what was believed to be a tornado, went through Leelanau County, Michigan, where my Northern Michigan office is located, as well as most of Grand Traverse County. There was an incredible amount of destruction to both residential and commercial property, as well as damage done to various crops, including grapes, which support our local winery businesses. The following are some common...

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