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Year: 2019

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What You Need to Know About UM/UIM Coverage

Author: Ashley Wahl With the new Auto Law taking full affect next year, it is more important than ever to understand underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage. While many drivers have underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage, people are often unaware of what the coverage is for or how it works. Basically, if you are seriously injured in…

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New Bankruptcy Law for Small Businesses

Author: W. Dane Carey The Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 will go into effect in February 2020. The Act creates a new Subchapter V under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code and is intended to streamline the process for small business reorganizations and make restructuring faster and less expensive. The Act provides a…

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Dane Carey has been named to the 2019 Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars list – 11/08/2019

Traverse City, MI, November 7, 2019 – Dingeman & Dancer PLC is pleased to announce that Dane Carey has been named to the 2019 Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in Michigan are named to the Rising Stars list. Super Lawyers is a research-driven rating system…

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Change to Michigan Marketable Title Act Requires Property Owners to Take Action to Preserve Certain Property Interests

Author: Katie J. Sabo, Esq. Earlier this year, a change to Michigan’s Marketable Record Title Act (“Act”) took effect that requires property owners to take action or risk losing certain property interests. In general, the purpose of the Act is to ensure that a property purchaser obtains “marketable title.” According to the Act, title is marketable…

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Beware of Distracted Drivers: Michigan Lawmakers Push to Limit the Use of Electronic Devices

By Ashley Wahl Pursuant to MCL 257.602b, Michigan drivers are prohibited from reading, typing, or sending texts while driving.[1] However, MCL 257.602b does not prohibit the use of smart devices for emailing or using social media.[2] This is problematic because smart devices (i.e., smart phones and tablets) give drivers the ability to not only text…

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Four Exit Plan Mistakes for Family Business Owners to Avoid

Author: Dane Carey Many of our clients are family business owners—some large, some smaller. There are many similarities, and many differences among this group of clients. But one thing that all family business owners share is the common need for an established and well thought out exit plan. When working with clients on this issue, we…

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The National Trial Lawyers Names Mark Dancer to Its List of Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Michigan

The National Trial Lawyers is pleased to announce that Mark Dancerof Dingeman & Dancer, PLC, in Traverse City has been selected for inclusion into its Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Michigan, an honor given to only a select group of lawyers for their achievements in the field. With his selection, Mr. Dancer has…

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Controversy in Aretha Franklin’s Estate Highlights Importance of Estate Planning

By Katie Sabo It was presumed that Aretha Franklin did not have a will or trust in place when she passed away in August 2018. However, eight months after her death, three handwritten documents were found in her home, each of which appear to be Ms. Franklin’s attempt at a handwritten will. At least one…

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‘Unprecedented’ small-town fight over legal weed highlighted on IPR

To read the full article, click here. To listen to the audio interview with George Powell, click here…

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Marijuana Provisioning Center Selection Process Problematic for Cities, Businesses

By George Powell    On May 3, 2019 Traverse City officially joined other local municipalities – including Acme and Fife Lake– in holding a “lottery” system to select applicants for operation of provisioning centers (dispensaries) within the city limits. Such systems have been met with contention among competing applicants, who have spent tens (if not hundreds)…

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