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Estate Planning: Don't Forget Fido!

posted on April 24, 2014 by Willingham & Cote

Estate & Gifts, Divorce & Family Law, Tara Bachner

Why A Pet Power of Attorney? A Power of Attorney allows you to appoint someone to act on your behalf.  For pet owners, a Pet Power of Attor...

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Do You Ever Disagree with the Tax Man?

posted on April 09, 2014 by Willingham & Cote

Scott Breen, Real Estate

Each year, the city/township assessor determines the “assessed value” of real estatewithin its jurisdiction.  This is equal to one-ha...

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Drunk Driving Offense: What Are My Options?

posted on March 06, 2014 by Willingham & Cote

Divorce & Family Law, Troy Clarke, Criminal Law

DWI/Sobriety Court Is Valuable Option for Repeat Offenders of Drunk Driving Laws If you have been arrested and charged with a repeat drunk driving of...

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Why Would My Pet Need A Trust?

posted on February 28, 2014 by Willingham & Cote

Estate & Gifts, Tara Bachner

Trusts Not Just For the Two-Legged Beneficiary Trusts for the benefit of pets, otherwise known as “Pet Trusts” can be a great way to e...

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55th District Court Establishes Mental Health Treatment Court

posted on February 04, 2014 by Willingham & Cote

Divorce & Family Law, Troy Clarke, Criminal Law

55th District Court Establishes Mental Health Treatment Court Ingham County’s 55th District Court in Mason has joined nearly 20 other courts in the state by establishing a Mental Health Treatment Court (&ld...

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But What About the Pets?

posted on January 28, 2014 by Willingham & Cote

Estate & Gifts, Divorce & Family Law, Tara Bachner

But What About the Pets? Adopting a pet is a life-long commitment.  Usually it is for the life of the pet, but sometimes a pet outlives its owner.  If that is the ca...

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Enjoy This Season, Plan For The Next

posted on January 09, 2014 by Willingham & Cote

Lee B. Reimann, Estate & Gifts

Happy New Year to our clients, staff, friends and family. Hope that you are enjoying this snow-filled season, and keeping your eye towards planning fo...

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Watch for Expanded Police Presence on the Roads this Thanksgiving

posted on November 01, 2013 by Willingham & Cote

Divorce & Family Law, Troy Clarke, Criminal Law

Motorists can expect an increased police presence on Michigan roads and highways this Thanksgiving in an effort to crack down on drunk driving.  ...

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Transferring Real Estate to Your Children Without Tax Penalities

posted on October 15, 2013 by Willingham & Cote

Scott Breen, Real Estate

A Michigan law was recently enacted which will allow parents to transfer real estate to their children without certain property tax increases.  A...

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Marriage, Taxes and Same Sex Couples - IRS Ruling Announced

posted on August 30, 2013 by Willingham & Cote

Lee B. Reimann, Estate & Gifts, Divorce & Family Law

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today that if a same sex couple was legally married in any jurisdiction, they will be able to (and must s...

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Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA): What does it mean to me?

posted on July 30, 2013 by Willingham & Cote

Lee B. Reimann, Torree J. Breen, Estate & Gifts, Divorce & Family Law

On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in United States v. Windsor or the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) opinion.  ...

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Is Your Trust Properly Funded?

posted on March 17, 2013 by Willingham & Cote

Lee B. Reimann, Estate & Gifts

Well, in case you hadn’t realized it, it’s tax season.  Although getting your tax information together and have your return prepared ...

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Parenting Time Violations

posted on February 20, 2013 by Willingham & Cote

Torree J. Breen, Divorce & Family Law

Parenting Time Violations What to do if your parenting time is violated by your ex?               The Role of ...

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Estate and Gift Tax Update

posted on February 01, 2013 by Willingham & Cote

Lee B. Reimann, Estate & Gifts

We hope this New Year finds you well!  On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.  As part of this...

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Making This Holiday A Safe One

posted on December 23, 2012 by Willingham & Cote

Divorce & Family Law, Troy Clarke, Alcohol Beverage, Criminal Law

As a criminal defense attorney, I have seen firsthand that an unfortunate companion to the holiday season is a spike in drunk driving incidents on New...

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