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Attorney elected to SBM’s Probate and Estate Planning Council

Attorney Kurt Olson recently was elected to the Probate and Estate Planning Council of the State Bar of Michigan. The council is comprised of 23 of the state’s top probate and estate planning attorneys and is the governing body for the probate matters in the state.

 “We are often asked by legislatures to pipe in when they want to propose legislation that is relevant to our areas of law,” says Olson. “A lot of times, we will also provide testimony to the legislatures on pending bills.”
Olson owns the Law Office of Kurt A Olson P.C., located in Plymouth, a law firm that specializes in estate planning, elder care, and business succession issues.

“Much of my practice is devoted to planning for business owners or families so they can live a full and vital life and pass a legacy on to others,” says Olson. “I want to help them protect and preserve their assets, their businesses, their resources, and their legacies. I help people plan for the continuation of their life as well as how they want to distribute their property upon their death.”

Olson grew up in Plymouth, where his father worked as a librarian and his mother a counselor. Olson attended the University of Michigan, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration. He worked for General Motors for several years before returning to school to study law. He earned his law degree from Wayne State University.

Prior to establishing his law office, Olson served as the assistant prosecuting attorney for the city of River Rouge. He also served as the city prosecuting attorney for the Building Department in the City of Ecorse.
Olson lives in Canton with his family, and is involved with the Rotary Club and other volunteer organizations.


ABA Fact Check explores treason as a legal matter, its history

In recent months, the term “treason” has been bandied about, from President Trump using it to assess the reaction of Democratic lawmakers at his first State of the Union address to Democratic politicians and others who invoked it when referring to reported conversations between the president’s son, Donald Jr., and a Russian lawyer during the summer of 2016.

But as a legal matter, treason has a very specific meaning under Article 3, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution. A new ABA Legal Fact Check posted today explores why the framers of the Constitution set strict limits on what constitutes the criminal charge of treason and highlights key treason cases that have gone before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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