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Michigan Business Court Jurisdiction To Change Under Proposed Bill

Senate Bill 333 may soon alter the type of cases heard by Michigan’s business courts. This proposed bill aims to continue streamlining business and commercial disputes by removing the current monetary requirement that cases before the business court involve at least $25,000 in controversy.  The bill instead focuses on the nature of the complaint. Bill […]

Right To Recover Surplus Proceeds Is Not Relinquished At Foreclosure Sale

A recent court decision in In Re $55,336.17 Surplus Funds; MiLW No. 07-94649 cemented the interpretation of MCL 600.3252 insofar as junior mortgagees maintain a legal right to claim any surplus which remains after the foreclosure of a property to satisfy a senior mortgage. Here, PNC held both the senior and junior mortgages as a […]

Approval Given By Board Of Accountancy For Bookkeeping in Medical Marijuana Operations

CPA’s who wish to service clients in the medical marijuana industry no longer have to feel uncertain, as the Department and Board of Accountancy released a statement on  May 19, 2017 that a licensee may offer professional services to clients involved in the industry. Interested CPA’s are advised to maintain compliance with current professional standards […]

Seminars For Employers On Michigan Unemployment Insurance

The Michigan Talent Investment Agency (MTIA) is presenting a free informational seminar for employers about Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance System. These hour-long presentations will be offered between June 7th and September 15th and address three main sub-topics: Workplace Benefits, Tax Accounting, and Workplace Development. Any questions will be fielded by agents of MTIA and addressed during […]

Progressive Discipline Policies May Prevent At-Will Employee From Being Terminated Without Cause

The court in Oakes v. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers,  Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 2787 (2017) has provided an interesting take on “at-will” employment agreements and the effect that employee handbooks have on them. At issue in this case is whether Christine Oakes, a former Barnes & Noble manager, may file suit for wrongful termination […]

Informational Meeting For Tech Start-up Hopefuls

  Readers who are interested in starting and owning their own technology based business should follow very closely, or else they may miss the opportunity to make their dream a reality. The Macomb-OU incubator invites all interested persons to participate in an informational session on May 23rd which aims to help tech start-up companies navigate […]

Business Tips – Naming Your Company

Demorest Law’s commitment to the business community has encouraged us to offer a three-part series on naming and branding your new or existing business. This article will be the first installment of that series and will focus on the importance of choosing an appropriate name. The other two installments will cover Trademarks and Restricted Names. […]

Fail To Object, Write A Check

An “account stated” is a statement between a creditor and a debtor that settles the total amount of debt owed to the creditor. Establishment of an “account stated” by a creditor is helpful to defeat objections that are fabricated by the debtor after a lawsuit is commenced to collect the debt.  The Court of Appeals […]

Workplace-Violence Prevention

  In the wake of recent tragedies involving workplace-violence victims, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs will be offering free violence prevention seminars on May 10th  from 9:30a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and May 11th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.. The May 10th event will be hosted by Calvin College, at the Covenant […]

DLF Attorney Completes ICLE Probate and Estate Planning Certificate Program

  Demorest Law Firm attorney Melissa Demorest LeDuc recently completed the Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s Probate and Estate Planning Certificate Program and received a Certificate of Completion.  Melissa is now leading our firm’s estate planning practice, focusing on wills, trusts, and powers of attorney.  Contact her if you’re interested in creating a new estate […]