The Public’s Right to Access Michigan’s Inland Lakes from Adjacent Roads

As families begin contemplating vacations up north or weekend getaways to one of Michigan's many inland lakes, water access points deserve careful consideration as they have become sources of lawsuits regarding the public's right to access the surface of the water from public roads adjacent to the water.

Travel, Communities and Local Events

Late last week I received an email from a friend of mine who works in the Detroit area. He had just returned from a week-long trip to Providence, Rhode Island. In spite of being a bit bleary-eyed from his drive in from the east coast, he wanted to share information about how many law firms sponsor local community events.

Penning to Speak at ICLE 51st Annual Probate and Estate Planning Conference

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.

Being a Great Lawyer Requires an Even Better Person

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.

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The Penning Group Sponsors Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce 1st Business Forum

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

Requirements to Protect Personal Information

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.

Check Fraud: Who Pays?

More and more checking account owners are using their debit cards or online bill paying methods. With these rising trends, checkbooks are left unaccounted for, for periods of time.

TAX ALERT – Michigan Governor Snyder Releases 2011 Executive Budget Proposal

Budget Proposal Includes Anticipated Proposals to Change Both Tax and Spending Policies

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder called the consideration of his proposed Executive Budget a "defining moment" for the state this week as the Executive Budget was submitted to state legislators for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Snyder commented on his budget as an opportunity to "stop living in the past and start looking to the future."