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Commentator – Summer 2021 PDF icon (2)
Vol. 33, Issue 3

A message from Ralph Castelli
By Ralph A. Castelli, Jr.
There are 206 million daily active users on Twitter, over 280 million daily active users on Snapchat, over 500 million people accessing Instagram daily, and nearly two billion users logging into Facebook every day…
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Snapchat, School, Free Speech and… Cheerleading?
By Austin W. Probst
Free speech has become a ubiquitous topic of discussion given the political landscape of the country, the pandemic, and the way information is disseminated. This summer, the Supreme Court of the United States has decided a case that involves an integral intersection of social media, free speech, and modern American life. The case, Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., grapples with the first amendment, school regulation of speech, and among other issues, Snapchat…
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Family Matters: How to Help a Friend or Family Member Who is Considering or Going Through a Divorce
By Amy A. Stawski
There comes a time when a person considering or going through a divorce decides to break the news to friends or family. There are certain things you can do if a friend or family member decides to confide in you…
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Commentator – Spring 2021 PDF icon (2)
Vol. 33, Issue 2

A message from Ralph Castelli, Jr.
By Ralph A. Castelli, Jr.
When new legislation passes and it might affect you or your business, we want you to know about it….
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The Coming National Registry of Entities
By George W. Gregory
Congress has created a new registration requirement designed to target money launderers, tax evaders, and terrorists. As collateral damage it also hits small businesses and probably other entities. This requirement was created by The Corporate Transparency Act, (“CTA”) part of the over 10,000 pages of legislation enacted in December 2020…
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Employment Law Q & A
By Mark R. Filipp
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) [28 U.S.C. §§ 201 et seq.] establishes the federal minimum wage, the payment of required overtime pay, and childlabor standards. The FLSA covers all employees of employers that are engaged in interstate commerce or the production of goods for interstate commerce and that meet a volume-of-business requirement….
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Commentator – Winter 2021 PDF icon (2)
Vol. 33, Issue 1

A message from Ralph Castelli
By Ralph A. Castelli, Jr.
In this newsletter, we often talk about the value of planning ahead, but with the unpredictable year we’ve just experienced, making plans can feel discouraging. Life looks a lot different than we expected it to look at this time last year. However, there are some upcoming changes that we can anticipate and those involve President Biden and his administration. Brian Jenney outlines several tax strategies that can help you get ahead of new legislation and Will Sanford shares an example of optimizing your estate plan to take advantage of today’s market and climate…
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Tax Planning for 2021
By Brian R. Jenney
Potential significant changes to tax laws require advisors and clients to act now. The House, Senate and the Presidency are held by Democrats, giving President Biden the potential opportunity to implement some significant proposed tax changes…
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Resolve to Create a SLAT in 2021
By Will C. Sanford
For all of us, 2020 was a startling reminder of life’s unpredictability and the importance of being prepared in uncertain times. If you find yourself, now, one month into your 2021 resolutions and are second guessing your new gym membership or diet, you are in luck. There is no time like the present to resolve to plan ahead and utilize the current tax legislation to you and your loved one’s advantage, before it may be too late…
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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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