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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. 

Nursing Home Neglect, Abuse and Injury

When parents and family members require care in a nursing home or adult foster care, many people assess the building on a tour, placing their trust in the institution based on an abbreviated visit.  Once admitted, many elderly people are unable or unwilling to complain, and being raised in the Great Depression or Second World War, were often taught to suffer in in silence. However, there are signs that a loved one is not receiving the care he or she deserves.


Finances and the Elderly

Discussing finances with your aging parents can be difficult since most people are reluctant to give up control of their means for independence. Approaching the discussion as a partnership can open the door to early communication that can make parents more comfortable discussing finances. Often having two or more people discussing finances with them will keep the burden from falling on one relationship.


Act Now For Small Business Tax Relief

2014 marks the first year of the phase-out of personal property tax for businesses in Michigan. While the phase-out is a several year process, one significant component taking effect in 2014 is an exemption of commercial or industrial personal property of a business that has a combined value of less than $80,000.


It's Time to Revisit Your Trust

Recent changes in federal estate tax exemptions have made it easier for most couples to pass on their joint assets for estate planning purposes, without the complexity of having individual trusts. Since couples usually accumulate assets jointly, meaning each party as the right to use and benefit from the jointly held assets, they can now pass on those assets with the help of a Joint Trust. 


Look at What's Happening Downtown

The downtown Traverse City real estate boom appears to have no end in sight. When Dingeman & Dancer, PLC built on the former Bean Pot location in 1996, an aging auto repair garage, Selkirk’s farm market in a former gas station, and the building now housing Chase Bank, surrounded it.


$100 million settlement reached in meningitis case

A preliminary settlement of more than $100 million for victims of a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak has been reached. Dingeman and Dancer, PLC, which represents northern Michigan clients invovled in a lawsuit is helping its clients file claims with the Federal Bankruptcy Court to take part in the settlment.


Attorney General Investigating Contaminated Meningitis Case

The US Attorney General, Michigan Attorney General and the FBI are investigating the Massachusetts-based company that manufactured tained steroids that reached Northern Michigan. Dingeman and Dancer, PLC represent over seventy patients who were injected with this contaminated steroid in a civil case against the manufacturer, New England Compounding Center. In a recent Record-Eagle article, attorney Mark Dancer stated that while the criminal probe will have little impact on the civil case, it may bring some relief to his clients.


Disabled veterans can file for homestead property tax exemptions

An article in the Ticker, published November 26 in the Traverse City Business News caught our eye.  In Local Disabled Vets Earn Tax Exemptions by Al Parker, veterans are eligible for property tax exemptions under a recently sign Michigan law.