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Recent significant developments in the area of retirement plans

August 26, 2015

There have been two significant developments affecting the operation of qualified retirement plans recently.  First, on April 14, the Department of Labor released its long-awaited proposed regulations (“DOL Regulations”) describing the circumstances ...

Limits of and misconceptions about mediation confidentiality, Part 2

August 26, 2015

by Robert E.L. Wright Contiued from the July 31 Grand Rapids Legal News. The author has set out three scenarios of events that might occur after there is a potentially damaging disclosure during a mediation which ends without reaching agreement, considered ...

Limits of mediation confidentiality

August 26, 2015

“Everything said in mediation is confidential.” Really? Maybe. by Robert E.L. Wright Whether you are an attorney, a business person or a divorcing spouse, if you have ever been in a mediation you have likely heard a mediator promise you confidentiality ...

A long-overdue presidential 'visit' recalls Michigan attorney's efforts

August 26, 2015

by Tom Kirvan It was a first time stop for a sitting president – a federal prison. Unlike some politicians from his home state of Illinois, President Barack Obama made the visit by choice, touring the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma ...

LOCAL VOICE: Making the right tax decisions can help relieve stress in marriage prep

August 26, 2015

By Vena Ayar Planning a wedding can be extremely stressful, and upcoming tax-related changes are probably the last thing on couples’ minds. But there are many tax-related decisions couples must make, including change of name, change of tax withholding, ...

Daughter's estate advice helps father find peace

August 26, 2015

by Grace Reid Lawyers are often asked about their proudest moments as a lawyer. The responses generally involve tales of glorious victories in legal combat. Here is a tale that will bring forth no drum rolls or blares of trumpets. Just simple truths, simply ...