Michigan Nonprofit Corporations Must File Annual Report by October 1, 2018

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Corporation, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau (CSCL) recently announced that 2018 annual reports for nonprofit corporations have been mailed to resident agents on record with the CSCL Corporations Division. Nonprofit corporations are required to file their annual report by October 1, 2018. Nonprofit corporations are those formed in which members may not receive any profits of the corporation. A nonprofit corporation […]

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The Passing of a Great Man

It is with great sorrow that we share the sad news of the passing of our equity partner Tim Young peacefully in his sleep this week. We will miss his wise counsel and friendship. May he Rest In Peace.

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Attorney Joins Traverse City Office

We are pleased to announce that Matt Cross has joined our Firm as an attorney in our Traverse City office. He focuses his practice in the areas of insurance defense, law enforcement defense and litigation, and municipal law. Mr. Cross has experience handling employment law, personal injury defense, business transaction and municipal issues and has earned dismissals in each of these areas. He received a Juris Doctor degree from Wayne […]

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Changes in Overtime Rules for Michigan Employers

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has changed the overtime rules for certain salaried workers, which will be applicable to Michigan employers.  The changes are to be implemented on December 1, 2016.  Michigan business owners need to start planning now in order to avoid scrambling in November.  Many Michigan closely held businesses classify salaried employees as being exempt from the overtime rules as a means of controlling payroll costs.  An […]

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Experienced Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorney Joins Firm

We are pleased to announce that Norman E. Richards (Gene) has joined our Livonia office as a partner.  Gene primarily focuses his practice on elder law and estate planning. Drawing on 20 years of experience, his mission is to help clients safely navigate life’s transitions through the skillful, practical, and compassionate application of comprehensive elder law and estate planning services. As an elder law attorney, Gene guides senior clients in […]

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Estate Planning: A Continuous Process

Estate planning is a continuous process and estate plan documents should be reviewed at least every decade and upon any major changes in lifestyle or family structure. A basic estate plan includes a Will, a Medical Power of Attorney, and a Durable General Power of Attorney for financial matters. A Will addresses the distribution of assets, paying debts and taxes, and providing guardians and conservators for any minor children. A […]

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CMDA Now Handles Patents

We are pleased to announce the addition of Patent Law services to the Firm’s established intellectual property practice group. Michael O. Cummings, an experienced and skillful Patent Law attorney, has joined our Firm. Mr. Cummings understands and appreciates the importance of Patents for commercial success. Patents are valuable assets, and he is committed to protecting them for our clients. CMDA strives to provide clients with the strongest and broadest intellectual […]

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Employee Handbooks are Essential for Small Businesses

Clients frequently question the value of preparing an employee handbook.  Many small business owners do not provide employees with an updated, legally-sound handbook due to the anticipated time needed to develop it and/or the belief that it is not necessary since they have good relations with their employees.  Providing all employees with information on the company’s policies and guidelines, employee programs, attendance rules, and other work-related rules is one of […]

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Receptionist Joins Livonia Office

If you called CMDA this week, you might have heard a new voice answering your call.  Please join us in welcoming our new receptionist Becca to our Livonia office.  Dezaray, our previous receptionist, is still with the Firm but in a different capacity as general office clerk.  Becca is extremely friendly and is looking forward to greeting clients both in person and over the phone.

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CMDA Announces Newest Partner

We are pleased to announce that Brian Goldstein has been named a general partner at CMDA. Mr. Goldstein joined CMDA in 2014 and works out of our Kansas City office. He focuses his practice on business law, municipal law, insurance defense, and litigation. He represents clients in civil litigation matters in both state and federal courts throughout Kansas and Missouri, as well as serving as coverage counsel for numerous insurance […]

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