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Commentator – Fall 2020 PDF icon (2)
Vol. 32, Issue 4

A message from Ralph Castelli, Jr.
By Ralph A. Castelli, Jr.
Although “pandemic fatigue” is a creeping reality for many, staying current on the CDC recommendations and OSHA regulations is crucial for business owners and families alike. In this issue…
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MDHHS Issues “Epidemic Orders” After Executive Orders Overturned
By Ronald S. Nixon
On October 2, 2020, the Michigan Supreme Court rendered an opinion that overturned Governor Whitmer’s numerous executive orders issued in response to the pandemic. Despite the ruling, employers and businesses operating during the pandemic should not assume that this decision eliminated all restrictions on their operations…
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Client Success Story: Zawideh Defends Widow’s Inheritance
Petitioner, Mr. Zawideh’s client, married her late husband (“the decedent”) in November 2002, after a two-year engagement during which they lived in different states. Two days before their wedding in Michigan, her then fiancé picked up the Petitioner from the airport and told her for the first time that his aunt, the matriarch of his family, who employed decedent and controlled his finances, wanted decedent and petitioner to sign a prenuptial agreement that would leave Petitioner with nothing in the event of the decedent’s death…
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Commentator – Summer 2020 PDF icon (2)
Vol. 32, Issue 3

A message from Ralph Castelli
By Ralph A. Castelli, Jr.
Regardless of the venture ahead, a bit of planning in the forefront has never put anyone behind…
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Do Your Homework Before Buying a Property and Expecting to Use it as a Short-Term Rental
By Jason P. Seaver
The short-term leasing of properties, particularly vacation properties, has been a hot topic of discussion for the last several years. Leasing out a vacation property when not in use by the property owners has been done for decades to help defray the cost of maintenance, or even as a regular income stream to the owners…
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Tow-Truck Driver or Wingman? How to Get the Most Value From Your Lawyer
By Richard C. Bruder
Too many lawyers are tow-truck drivers. Or, do our clients just think of us that way? I’ve driven my share of tow-trucks in 35+ years of practice. But my greatest value to my clients comes when I am their wingman…
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Employment Law Q & A
By Mark R. Filipp
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law on March 18, 2020, provides several emergency provisions to provide for reimbursable paid family leave and paid sick leave for circumstances related to COVID-19…
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Commentator – Spring 2020 PDF icon (2)
Vol. 32, Issue 2

A message from Ralph Castelli
By Ralph A. Castelli, Jr.
In a time where in-person relationships have turned remote and our homes are serving as not only offices but classrooms as well, many find comfort in having a reliable source to turn to when questions arise….
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Do Not Go into an Emergency Without Protection
By Brian R. Jenney and Kate L. Ringler
When clients think of the most important estate planning document, they most often think of a will. Lawyers tend to think of trusts as the most important. The COVID-19 epidemic has shown that we were all wrong…
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Insider Trading — Fed’s Employ New Weapon
By Stuart Sinai and Jay L. Morse
Although the Justice Dept. has accumulated over 100 criminal convictions in the last several years, including a congressman, and maybe more to come whose recent trading is suspicious, it could have had more wins if not hampered by the principal law used to prosecute…
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Employment Law Q & A
By Mark R. Filipp
The primary law governing on-the-job safety is the OSH Act, which was passed by Congress in 1970…
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Commentator – Winter 2020 PDF icon (2)
Vol. 32, Issue 1

A message from Ralph Castelli
By Ralph A. Castelli, Jr.
The world is constantly evolving, and with this, so is the need to keep up with the changes that may affect your everyday life. Luckily, when it comes to changes in the law, our attorneys here at Kemp Klein enjoy staying up to date so you can stay focused on the warm weather that is (hopefully) just around the corner. In this issue…
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Feeling Secure with SECURE
By George W. Gregory and Kate L. Ringler
In December 2019, Congress finally passed the SECURE Act impacting qualified retirement plans maintained by employers and individual retirement accounts. Some changes include…
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Property Rights Threatened by Recent Legislative Changes
By Christopher R. Martella and Jason P. Seaver
Does your subdivision have residential only deed restrictions that prevent a waste dump, slaughterhouse, or other businesses from moving in? Is your only lake access through a subdivision wide agreement? Are you located on a private road and have a written agreement amongst the co-owners for how the road is going to be maintained and paid for? For commercial property owners, did you sell off an outlot knowing that you restricted the property so that a direct competitor, an adult entertainment establishment, or other unwanted activities couldn’t occur right in front of your building? Have those restrictions been around for 40 years or longer? If so, your rights may be terminated by a little-known provision of Michigan law called the Marketable Record Title Act if you do not take action…
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