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Protecting your business’s name, logo, or tag line

Business Law

You can protect your business’s name, logo, or tag line by having Shinners & Cook file an application for a Federal Trademark or Services Mark (“Mark”) through the United States Patent and Trademark Office. You can register a name, “doing […]

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Fake state forms sent via regular mail

We are all used to receiving emails from Nigerian princes trying to flee an oppressive regime or winning an online lottery we never entered, both promising millions of dollars in money if we just provide our bank account information and […]

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Wills and Trusts: What about the Pet?

Estate Planning

In Michigan, like most states, a pet is not considered a human and, therefore, is not an Heir or Devisee under estate planning documents such as Wills and Trusts.  However, a pet may very well be an important part of […]

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Estate Planning: Does Permanent Portability Mean the End of the Credit-Shelter Trust?

Estate Planning

My second read of the “Fiscal Cliff Bill” raises the interesting question concerning the Credit-Shelter Trust.  For decades people getting their estate plans done have utilized a vehicle known as the Marital Bypass Trust; the A-B Trust; the Credit-Shelter Trust […]

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Wills and Trusts: My first read on the “Fiscal Cliff Bill”

Estate Planning

I finally had an opportunity to read the actual “Fiscal Cliff” bill which is H.R.8 “American Tax Payer Relief Act of 2012”.  As I write this blog, the Act has not yet been signed by the President, however, he has […]

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Estate Planning for Your Digital Assets

Estate Planning

Even if you haven’t thought about your estate plan today, I am certain that you have checked your email, made an online bill payment, or logged into your Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn account.  That’s just how the world works these […]

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