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The law can seem like a daunting and complex tangle. The attorneys of Cunningham Dalman are here to help. If you require legal representation or would like to seek advice from a law expert, we hope you’ll talk with someone at our firm. We also encourage you to learn more about legal issues that matter to you. On this page you will find valuable information about many different aspects of the law. We encourage you to spend some time browsing this collection of posts written by Cunningham Dalman attorneys.

Use It Or Lose It—Or Maybe You Don’t Have To

In November 2013 the IRS announced new rules for up to $500 of unused amounts in a health Flexible Spending Account (FSA) that is part of a cafeteria plan. The old rule was that if you didn’t have medical expenses during a plan year that totally used up your FSA, you were permitted a “grace

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I Thought My Company Protected Me From Personal Liability?

We have all heard the radio advertisements: Set up a corporation or LLC for your business and you will protect your personal assets form company creditors. So after setting up the corporation or LLC, why am I sued personally? I have heard this question many times where the client set up a corporation or limited

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Deed Scam … Solicitation

Most of us do it every day after we visit the mailbox. “Junk mail, junk mail, junk mail, wait … what is this?” This is the response that Record Transfer Services and Local Records Office are looking for. These companies recently sent solicitations to my client after helping with her estate plan. Her plan included preparing a

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Seminar – How to Buy or Sell a Business

The goal of this planning seminar is to help you understand the process, and prepare for success as you plan to buy or sell a business. Choice of Two Available Dates: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 or Tuesday, November 18, 2014 7:30am-12:00pm Topics Include: Know your options Current market demand Typical process for a transaction Business

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Second Family Marriages

Estate planning for second family often gets overlooked. The irony is that these situations typically require the most planning. In Michigan, a person who passes away without an estate plan will have her assets distributed under Michigan’s Inestate Succession statute. This one-size-fits-all approach often misses the mark. These laws rarely take into account the issues

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There Is Always Something New Under the Sun (Sunshine Law, That Is)

Many years ago the state adopted what some call the Sunshine Law: the Michigan Freedom of Information Act. The Act is intended to make information about government more accessible to the public, with certain exceptions. Much of the litigation over the Act involves these exceptions. Michigan’s Court of Appeals, in a case involving Delta College,

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Building On Farmland Can Result In Extra Tax

Building a home on former farmland can be tricky. For one thing, you need to consider a “recapture tax” you might have to pay. If the property is subject to a Farmland and Open Space Preservation Agreement, called a PA 116 agreement, the land owner agrees not to develop the land for a while in

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I Want to Remodel My Home But I Am Concerned About Dealing With a Contractor

Local newspapers recently reported that the most frequent consumer complaints involve disputes with contractors over remodeling projects. To protect against problems when you remodel, make sure that you deal with a reputable contractor. Ask for references and contact them. Were other people satisfied with the contractor’s work? Get quotes and references from more than one

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Properly Title Your Business Assets to Avoid Probate

Every estate plan should cover how the client’s assets should be titled once his or her trust has been signed. While there is almost always a plan for the client’s house, life insurance, retirement plans, etc., the client’s business interests are often overlooked. A person’s goals and the type of entity he owns will ultimately

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Trusts and IRAs

A number of years ago I used to write an “Answers” article for a local newspaper. I was looking at some of those old articles recently and realized how little some things have changed in the last 10 years. Even though I tend to gravitate to the new and more interesting topics, some of these

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