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Year: 2016

The Dingeman & Dancer Blog consists of articles, news, and press releases written and edited by the attorneys and legal professionals at our firm, providing updates on both recent legal developments and established advice and guidance. Choose from the various topics listed in the sidebar menu to narrow in on a particular focus.

Dingeman & Dancer, PLC Celebrates 25-Year Anniversary

Dingeman & Dancer, PLC is celebrating the completion of 25 years in business. Established in 1990, the Traverse City based firm represents individuals and businesses. Firm founders, Daniel Dingeman and Mark Dancer, were both born and raised in Traverse City. Dingeman received his J.D. from the University of Detroit Law School and Dancer received his J.D….

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New Law Allows Nomination of Funeral Representatives

Author: W. Dane Carey Effective on June 27, 2016, Public Act 57 of 2016 amends Michigan law to enable an individual to designate a funeral representative to handle disposition of his or her bodily remains after death and make post-death decisions regarding funeral arrangements. Under prior law, when an individual died in Michigan, decisions regarding funeral…

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Second Chance for Manufacturers to File Personal Property Tax Exemptions

Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed legislation that gives Michigan manufacturers a second chance to file (or re-file—if denied) their annual personal property tax (PPT) exemptions. Manufacturers now have until May 31 to file their exemptions with their local assessing office. Under the changes to Michigan’s PPT laws approved by voters in 2014, manufacturers can potentially…

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Corporate Relief Under Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act

Author: George E. Powell The snow has (finally) melted.  Northern Michigan residents can now dig through closets for their sandals, beach towels and swim trunks. Seasonal changes bring more than wardrobe changes, however—the warm months escort in droves of construction and land development projects.  Such projects are not always as clean and tidy as they appear from…

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Serious Consequences for Impacting a Wetland

Author: W. Dane Carey Property owners and construction clients often come to us for advice after already starting a building or development project because the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has informed them that their activities have impacted a wetland. Unfortunately, it is often too late at this point to avoid serious consequences. While there are certain…

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New Law Allows Electronic Service of Eviction Notices

Author: W. Dane Carey This past year, Governor Snyder signed into law House Bill 4038 (“HB 4038”). The new Michigan law, which amends Section 5718 of Michigan Summary Proceedings Act, gives landlords the ability to serve eviction notices via electronic means such as email, provided that a tenant has provided prior consent and supplies the landlord…

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Attention Employers: New Overtime Exemption Rules Imminent

Author: W. Dane Carey Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Labor sent to the Office of Management and Budget its final draft of proposed new regulations that govern the white collar exemptions to overtime pay. The anticipated impact these regulations will have on many employers and employees is significant. One change that will almost certainly…

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Same-Sex Marriage Decision—Major Impact on Estate Planning

Author: Benjamin W. BryantJ.D., University of Michigan Law School On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that the Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex…

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The No-Fault Road Map

Author: Ashley L. Wilson Northern Michigan transforms into a frozen tundra during the winter months. While many of us would rather stay inside and hibernate when winter storms strike, most of us are forced to face the treacherous conditions. In doing so, we put ourselves at risk. The good news is, Michigan’s No-Fault Act offers protection…

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New Law May Result in Tax Refunds for Michigan Home Sellers

Author: Daniel J. Dingeman This past year, the Michigan Supreme Court opened the door for many more Michigan homeowners to be eligible for a significant tax refund from the State of Michigan. In Gardner v. Department of Treasury, the Court reversed a lower court’s decision that the state real estate transfer tax exemption only applies…

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