Category: Guest Authors

Guest Author Jennifer Oertel: Is the L3C Right for Your Social Enterprise?

By Jennifer Oertel, Partner Not For Profit Team Leader Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss P.C. L3Cs were designed to encourage private foundations to pursue their missions through investments in social enterprises. Private foundations are subject to many restrictions, including that...

Guest Author Arthur H. Siegal: MDEQ rolls out brownfield tax increment financing proposal

  I was asked to serve on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) initiative to review and improve the “patchwork quilt” of statutes and rules regarding brownfield redevelopment incentives, grants and loans. A Collaborative Stakeholders Initiative group (of which,...

SR Guest Author Rachel Tucker: Now that the Estate Tax Laws have changed, do I still need a Trust?

Rachel Tucker is a partner with the law firm of Joelson Rosenberg, PLC in Farmington Hills, Michigan.  Her practice of over 16 years focuses on estate planning, probate, real estate and small business/corporate law. The enactment of the 2012 American...

Special Guest Author John Carter: Michigan Franchise Investment Law

McDonald’s, Burger King, and Dunkin Donuts are three examples of popular franchise businesses. The Michigan Franchise Investment Law defines a “Franchise” as follows: “Franchise” means a contractor agreement, either express or implied, whether oral or written, between 2 or more...

Special Guest Authors Bruce Gorosh & Jason Milstone: Homeowners Beware

HOMEOWNERS BEWARE By: Bruce M. Gorosh, Esq. and Jason M. Milstone, Esq. Bruce Gorosh and Jason Milstone specialize in all aspects of real estate and business law and litigation, including construction and landlord/tenant disputes.  Mr. Gorosh graduated from Boston University...

Special Guest Author Kris Langer: Commercial Insurance Is Important for Covering Your Assets

It’s a Saturday morning and you are enjoying your vacation far away from the worries of your business in a tropical paradise. You have trusted your staff to hold down “the fort” while enjoying some down time to relax your...

Special Guest Author Kevin J. Zezula: Taking Advantage of the 2012 Gift Tax Exemption

Tax provisions enacted in 2010 increased the 2012 lifetime gift tax exemption to $5.12 million and lowered the top gift tax rate to 35%.  Beginning in 2013, absent any new legislation, the estate and lifetime gift tax exemptions are scheduled...

Special Guest Author John Holmquist: Wellness plans waiting for the EEOC

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will increase the incentive limit in outcome-based wellness programs from 20% to 30% of employee total health care premiums in 2014. Many employers believe that the road to more and better employee participation...

Special Guest Author Judd Seida: Online Identity Survival Tips

According the Federal Bureau of Investigation, “Identity theft involves the misuse of another individual's personal identifying information for fraudulent purposes. It is almost always committed to facilitate other crimes, such as credit card fraud, mortgage fraud, and check fraud. Personal...

Special Guest Author Cheryl Skynar: Playing hide and seek in QuickBooks

Have you ever been looking for something, know that it is in QuickBooks, but just can’t find it?  QuickBooks 2010 & 2011 has several ways to search for various items but my favorite search, the one I go to most...