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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 proven that he exemplifies superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a trial lawyer.

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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 of Ms. Franklin’s children have objected to the validity of the documents because if they are found to be valid wills, it would change how the estate would be distributed under Michigan law.

Not only have these documents created a slew of problems for Ms ...

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Marijuana Provisioning Center Selection Process Problematic for Cities, Businesses

By George Powell

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'Unprecedented' small-town fight over legal weed highlighted on IPR

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'Unprecedented' small-town fight over legal weed highlighted on IPR

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Ownership of Submerged Bottomlands: Is Your Neighbor’s Dock on Your Property?

AuthorW. Dane Carey

Throughout the summer months, we frequently get questions on the topic of water law (also known as “riparian” law). Occasionally, these questions involve disputes between waterfront property owners and their neighbors over the location of docks or the placement of boats and boat hoists. This article is intended to provide an overview of the legal rights of waterfront property owners regarding the submerged bottomlands adjacent to their property.
A person who owns real property that abuts (i.e., borders) a natural body of water is known as a “riparian” owner.  As a general rule, riparian ...
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New Law Aims to Lower Insurance Premiums

Author: Ashley Wahl

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Lansing Provisioning Center Prevails in Zoning Dispute

On March 19, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s order granting an injunction against the City of Lansing in a zoning dispute with a group operating a local provisioning center. The plaintiff, Gamut Group, owned and operated an unlicensed provisioning center in Lansing since 2011. In October of 2017, the city passed a revised zoning ordinance that limited medical marijuana dispensaries to zoning areas other than the one Gamut had operated in for years. Gamut applied for rezoning of the property, which was denied by the city council.

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