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Commentator – Fall/Winter 2019 PDF icon (2)
Vol. 31, Issue 4

A message from Ralph Castelli
By Ralph A. Castelli, Jr.
As we close out another decade, we look forward to new beginnings and change. In this issue…
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Navigating the Financial Terms of Net Leases, Gross Leases and the Hazy Terrain In Between
By C. Leslie Banas
A new business enterprise seeking to lease space is often faced with a dizzying array of considerations, both strategic and operational — Where to locate? How much square footage is needed? For how long a term?
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Employment Law Q & A
By Mark R. Filipp
Under the EEOC guidelines, unwelcome sexual conduct, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that “unreasonably interferes with an individual’s job performance” or creates an “intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment” will support a claim of hostile work environment sexual harassment…
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Increased Salary Requirements for Exempt Employees
By Mark R. Filipp
Executive, administrative and professional employees (“EAP” employees) are exempt from the Federal overtime pay requirements, provided the employees are paid on a “salary basis.”
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Commentator – Summer/Fall 2019 PDF icon (2)
Vol. 31, Issue 3

A message from Ralph Castelli
By Ralph A. Castelli, Jr.
This Fall, we would like to bring a few recent tax developments to your attention…
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Recent Tax Developments Update
By Ralph A. Castelli, Jr. and Brian R. Jenney
The following is a summary of certain important tax developments that have occurred in April, May, and June of 2019 that may affect you, your family, your investments, and your livelihood…
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Taking Your Chances: Michigan Supreme Court Asks Kemp Klein to Submit Brief of Your Right to Look Before You Leap
By Robert S. Zawideh
Let’s say you are the beneficiary of a trust. That trust was established by a relative with whom you were once estranged, but with whom your relationship warmed over the years…
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Commentator – Spring 2019 PDF icon (2)
Vol. 31, Issue 2

A message from Ralph Castelli
By Ralph A. Castelli, Jr.
You’ve been served and unfortunately, it’s not a ribeye! When you or your small business is served a subpoena, Brian Rolfe breaks down what to do in critical, digestible bites (although we would all prefer the steak). Also in this issue…
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Trademarks: The Importance of Registration 
By Ronald S. Nixon
Everyone has an idea of what a trademark is: a symbol, word, name, or design used to differentiate one seller’s goods or services from those of another…
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You’ve Been Served (With a Subpoena)! Now What?
By Brian H. Rolfe
In litigation, a party will often use a third-party subpoena to obtain documents from individuals, businesses, or other entities that are not parties to the lawsuit. Those that receive subpoenas often wonder whether they should respond, how to respond, what, if any concerns they should have, and what, if any, precautions they should take. There are several critical steps you should take to ensure you will comply with the subpoena….
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Michigan’s Paid Medical Leave Act
By Mark R. Filipp
Michigan’s new Paid Medical Leave Act was signed into law in December 2018 and was effective March 29, 2019. Although there are many unanswered questions concerning this law, the fundamental aspects of the law are straightforward….
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Commentator – Winter 2019 PDF icon (2)
Vol. 31, Issue 1

A message from Ralph Castelli
By Ralph A. Castelli, Jr.
I am excited to share that we are coming up on the 50th anniversary of our firm. We have spent the last five decades helping clients take preventative measures to protect themselves personally and professionally. In the same tradition, we try to provide you with the most relevant legal news and information. In this issue…
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Your Property is Owned by an LLC: Is Liability Really Limited?
By Jason P. Seaver and Kate L. Ringler
The use of an LLC is a common estate planning technique for gifting, creditor protection, and management purposes. In Michigan, many people transfer their second home into an LLC for just these purposes. Absent a phone call to your insurance provider, that transfer could be costly if someone is injured or there is damage to the property…
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Income Tax Alert for Landlords
By Cynthia L. Umphrey
If you own rental real estate, you may need to act now in order to take advantage of significant income tax deductions under the new Section 199A…
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Employment Law Q & A
By Mark R. Filipp
Is discrimination based on gender identity or transgendered status prohibited under civil rights employment law?
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