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The Dingeman & Dancer Blog consists of articles 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. We welcome and encourage comments from readers. 


Local Interest: 100+ Years of Affordable Housing in Traverse City

In recent months, tall buildings, development, and affordable housing have been at the epicenter of discussion and debate in the Traverse City community. Traverse City's economy is based, in large part, on the service industry and light manufacturing, but property values are driven by the high demand for residential real estate. This unique dichotomy has created a housing imbalance and an unmet demand for affordable housing.

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New Law May Result in Tax Refunds for Michigan Home Sellers

Author: Daniel J. Dingeman

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February 10th Deadline for PPT Exemptions

The deadline is approaching for businesses with less than $80,000 in personal property to file Form 5076, the state's eligible personal property exemption affidavit. It must be filed annually with your local assessing office by February 10th.
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New Uncapping Exemption for Ladybird Deed Transfers

AuthorW. Dane Carey

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Major Changes to the Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Act

Author: W. Dane Carey

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New Exemptions to Avoid Property Tax Uncapping

AuthorW. Dane Carey

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Is a Ladybird Deed right for me?

A Ladybird Deed is a deed whereby you, as Grantor, convey your property to yourself for your lifetime by the granting of an enhanced life estate, and then you can choose the beneficiary of your property after your death.  When a Ladybird Deed is used, you can choose to transfer your property to your trust or to one or more individuals, upon your death.  The creation of an enhanced life estate has the benefit of allowing you as the original owner, or Grantor, to sell or mortgage or otherwise encumber your property during your lifetime.  You therefore ...

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Implementation of ObamaCare in Northern Michigan

Many of us have now heard of or formed opinions on the roll out of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as ObamaCare.  Doubt has been cast over the benefits of ObamaCare, particularly among those in the community who had to purchase an ObamaCare health care plan earlier this year.  However, many people are not aware of one of the important aspects of ObamaCare , namely the creation of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) which promotes the integration of general practitioners, specialists and a hospital into an “organized system of care” or “accountable care organization” ...

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