Columns

COMMENTARY: To retreat or not to retreat?

August 17, 2017

By Glenda LeGendre BridgeTower Media Newswires Once a year or so, it’s a great idea to “market” to your own staff and members by holding a firm or de­partment retreat. This is not a party or family picnic. Rather, retreats combine formal ...

MY TURN: Book takes look at a 'Great City' in years gone by

August 17, 2017

By Tom Kirvan Legal News, Editor-in-Chief Earlier this summer, best-selling author David Maraniss returned to his Detroit area roots, appearing at the Community House in Birmingham to discuss “Once in a Great City,” his 2015 book that chronicles ...

ADR SPOTLIGHT: Food for thought ... and for negotiation

August 17, 2017

ADR professionals and experienced negotiators know that food can play an important role in building rapport, establishing connection, and fostering trust between adversaries.   Food is ubiquitous at family gatherings, in religious ceremonies, and ...

MY TURN: A workday worth its weight in gold

August 17, 2017

The byline really should read “Bud Kirvan,” my late father who some 30 years ago wrote a column about an assignment I had given him. The fact that a son would give a father an “assignment” is worth a column itself, but that was only ...

COA rules for parents in grandparenting time case

August 17, 2017

By Lee Dryden BridgeTower Media Newswires Citing parents’ “constitutionally protected right to raise their children as they see fit,” a Michigan Court of Appeals panel overruled a lower court that granted grandparenting time over the parents’ ...

Decanting a trust: Will it age better?

August 17, 2017

Alexander A. Bove Jr. and Melissa Langa BridgeTower Media Newswires Even estate planners who don’t drink wine (there can’t be many) must by now be quite familiar with the term, “decanting.” The act of decanting occurs when a trustee ...