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Trusts: A Necessary Estate Planning Tool for One and All

This article addresses the common misconception that your estate is well in hand once they draft a Will, and that Trusts are only necessary for the exceedingly wealthy. This is simply not true. The Trust is a valuable estate planning tool for all, regardless of their financial status. A little-known, but important, benefit of a [...]

By |2022-02-08T11:44:06-05:00February 8th, 2022|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Trusts: A Necessary Estate Planning Tool for One and All

Cooper & Riesterer acquires the Nawrocki Center for Elder Law, Special Needs and Disability Planning

Cooper & Riesterer is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Nawrocki Center for Elder Law, Special Needs & Disability Planning.  Through this acquisition, CR Law will be expanding its offering of services in the areas of Elder Law, including Medicaid planning, as well as Estate and Wealth succession planning, Probate and Trust Administration, and [...]

By |2021-11-16T12:04:00-05:00November 15th, 2021|Announcements, Estate Planning, News|Comments Off on Cooper & Riesterer acquires the Nawrocki Center for Elder Law, Special Needs and Disability Planning

Implementation of Michigan’s New Mask Exemption for Fully-Vaccinated Persons

On Friday, May 14th, 2021, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) modified its existing regulations regarding mandatory efforts to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus to exempt from its requirements “fully vaccinated” individuals. This change took effect on May 15, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. This relaxing of the Michigan mask rule [...]

By |2021-11-16T11:56:11-05:00May 17th, 2021|Business, COVID-19, News|Comments Off on Implementation of Michigan’s New Mask Exemption for Fully-Vaccinated Persons

Coronavirus Relief Law Greatly Expands Employer’s Obligation To Provide Paid Leave

New emergency federal legislation, signed into law March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) should be noted by employers, particularly those with fewer than 500 employees. The FFCRA, which takes effect April 1, includes emergency leave protections that may have particular impact on smaller employers.   Which employees are covered by the [...]

By |2020-03-31T14:30:17-04:00March 31st, 2020|COVID-19, News|Comments Off on Coronavirus Relief Law Greatly Expands Employer’s Obligation To Provide Paid Leave

Small Business Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and nonprofits that have suffered substantial economic losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. For information, please use the following links: Applications Loan Instructions    

By |2020-03-30T15:43:33-04:00March 27th, 2020|COVID-19, News|Comments Off on Small Business Loans

The Next Billion Dollar Market Is Coming To Michigan – Ready To Make Some Green?

On November 6, 2018, Michigan residents voted to pass into law the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (“MRTMA”), which took effect December 6, 2018. On a very basic level, the MRTMA allows Michigan residents to lawfully possess up to 2.5 ounces of marihuana and grow up to 12 marihuana plants. Additionally, it establishes [...]

By |2018-12-07T19:33:59-05:00December 6th, 2018|Business|Comments Off on The Next Billion Dollar Market Is Coming To Michigan – Ready To Make Some Green?

HOA Bylaws: Not an End Around Existing Covenants

A homeowners association (HOA), through its bylaws, mandated preapproval of all new development by an architectural control committee, created additional building standards, and required submission of a fee for all plans. Property owners, who were seeking to build more homes, sued the HOA in an effort to invalidate these new requirements. In Conlin v. Upton, 313 [...]

By |2018-10-28T20:24:38-04:00October 28th, 2018|Real Estate|Comments Off on HOA Bylaws: Not an End Around Existing Covenants

Restrictive Covenants Limiting Short-Term Rentals

In Eager v. Kaurich Trust, (Mich. App. No. 336460, Nov. 30, 2017, unpublished), a property owner sought to enjoin a neighbor from renting out a lake house for short-term use, arguing that the rental violated the subdivision’s restrictive covenants. The trial court denied the request, finding that the restrictions’ limitations on the use to “private occupancy” and [...]

By |2018-10-28T20:23:10-04:00October 28th, 2018|Real Estate|Comments Off on Restrictive Covenants Limiting Short-Term Rentals

CMS Applies the Brakes to Mandatory Bundled Payment Models: Proposed Rule to Revise the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model and Cancel the Episode Payment Models and Cardiac Rehabilitation Payment Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule on Thursday, August 17, 2017 (Proposed Rule)1 that, if adopted without significant change, will cancel three bundled payment models and a post-cardiac episode incentive model before their launch, and shrink the scope of another bundled payment model as it approaches its third year in [...]

By |2018-10-24T23:53:06-04:00October 24th, 2017|Healthcare|Comments Off on CMS Applies the Brakes to Mandatory Bundled Payment Models: Proposed Rule to Revise the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model and Cancel the Episode Payment Models and Cardiac Rehabilitation Payment Model
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