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Year: 2017

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2018 Changes for Federal Gift and Estate Tax Exemption

Author: Dane Carey The IRS announced that the federal gift and estate tax exemption, which increases annually with inflation, will be $5.6 million per individual in 2018 (or $11.2 million for a married couple), a $110,000 increase from the 2017 exemption level of $5.49 million. The increase also applies automatically to the generation-skipping transfer tax exemption. …

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Operating Medical Marijuana Facilities: A Guide for Prospective License Applicants

Author: Dane Carey In September 2016, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed three Medical Marijuana laws (Acts 281, 282, and 283), providing for lawful operation and licensing of medical marijuana facilities in Michigan. The permitted facilities will be licensed and highly regulated by the State (governed by Acts 281 and 283) under the purview of the…

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Attorney Dane Carey Selected to 2017 Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

Dingeman & Dancer attorney Dane Carey has been selected to the Super Lawyers 2017 list of Rising Stars. Super Lawyers, published by Thomson Reuters, is a rating service that uses independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations to identify those outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Each candidate is evaluated…

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The Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act: Taking Advantage of an Opportunity

Author: George E. Powell Michigan, on the heels of economic hardship, recently amended the 2008 Medical Marihuana Act.  The legislature sought to establish a framework for a responsible medical marihuana marketplace—as well as to expand tax revenue opportunity and promote job growth.  Estimates have shown that that the state could generate between $44.3 million to…

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Michigan Abolishes Dower Rights

Author: W. Dane Carey Early this year, Governor Snyder signed into law legislation that abolishes all statutory or common law rights of dower in Michigan. The newly signed law went into effect on April 6, 2017, making transfers of real estate in Michigan are no longer subject to a potential dower claim, with the exception…

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Reminder to Michigan Employers: Minimum Wage Increase

Author: W. Dane Carey Effective January 1, 2017, the Michigan minimum wage increased from $8.50 to $8.90 per hour. This change is the third of four scheduled increases that are part of the 2014 legislation to raise the state’s wage floor for most adults working in hourly positions (excluding tipped positions) in places with two or…

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Michigan’s New Asset Protection Tool

Author: W. Dane Carey Michigan has just taken a big step toward modernizing its trust laws. With the recent passage of the Qualified Dispositions in Trusts Act, Michigan is now one of a small group of states that allows individuals to create what is known as a “domestic asset protection trust” (DAPT), which is a flexible tool…

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