Robin Williams’ Estate: Dispute between Widow and Children.

The ABAJournal reported a story today: Who gets items from Robin Williams estate? Court has to decide between his widow and his children you can check that story out here From all appearance, it looks like Robin Williams went through his attorney and put together a well thought out estate plan for the benefit ofContinue reading “Robin Williams’ Estate: Dispute between Widow and Children.”

Michigan Crowdfunding News for Social Entrepreneurs

Happy Friday! Last Thursday I presented on “Social Entrepreneurship” from a Legal Perspective at the Grand Rapids Area Professionals for Excellence (GRAPE) If you couldn’t make the presentation and you’re interested, I believe my power point presentation has been made available through the GRAPE website. Social Entrepreneurship: #PurposeDriven I love Shawn Miller’s twitter posts on SocialContinue reading “Michigan Crowdfunding News for Social Entrepreneurs”

What’s Going on With Banks? Part II: Comptroller on Currency and Community-Based Banks

In my March 11th Post on “What’s Going on With Banks” I made an observation: such worldwide bad press on big banks might lead to increased lending at community based banks. No sooner than I hit “publish” on my post did I receive several more news headlines regarding big bank lawsuits. I get regular  “Enforcement Actions”Continue reading “What’s Going on With Banks? Part II: Comptroller on Currency and Community-Based Banks”

Michigan Real estate law update: House Passes “Notice to Evict by E-mail” Bill

Happy March Madness Friday! Yesterday House Bill 4038 allowing eviction notices to be sent to residential tenants by e-mail passed the Michigan House. Now on to the Senate. You can check out the latest Legislative Analysis here The Passed Bill looks a bit more complicated (as anticipated) than the original bill that was proposed backContinue reading “Michigan Real estate law update: House Passes “Notice to Evict by E-mail” Bill”

Michigan AG is cracking down on Fraudulent Businesses, Unlicensed Real Estate Professionals

Ag Cracks Down on Bad Michigan Businesses. I just received this press release today from the Michigan Attorney Generals Office announcing the Investigation of 10 Michigan Businesses related to faulty Anti-Freeze Distribution. You can check out the Ex-Parte Petition filed in Court here  The Court granted the AG’s request for subpoenas in an order signedContinue reading “Michigan AG is cracking down on Fraudulent Businesses, Unlicensed Real Estate Professionals”

Banks, Lawsuits, and Settlements: What’s going on with Banks?

This week I noticed several headlines that amount to bad news for big banks. I will give you my honest gut-reaction when first reading these headlines: 1. CommerceWest Bank Admits Bank Secrecy Act Violation and Reaches $4.9 Million Settlement with Justice Department  (see Link) Violating the Bank Secrecy Act? Really? That just sounds bad… CommerceWest BankContinue reading “Banks, Lawsuits, and Settlements: What’s going on with Banks?”

Seven Indicted in Business Opportunity Fraud Scheme

Yesterday the Department of Justice issued a press release that several business men had been indicted related to a multi-million dollar business opportunity scam. You can check out the press release here According to the press release, the businessmen: “made material misrepresentations about the profits customers would make from vending machines and the locations customers wouldContinue reading “Seven Indicted in Business Opportunity Fraud Scheme”

Michigan Real Estate Legislative Update: Eviction Notice by E-mail?

About a year ago I posted an article on a Michigan House Bill that would allow landlords to evict tenants by e-mail. Check out my article here. I never reported back on that Bill, because it sat in the Judiciary Committee for the entire year. Suffice it to say, that Bill was never enacted, butContinue reading “Michigan Real Estate Legislative Update: Eviction Notice by E-mail?”

Landlords, Investors, and Real Estate Contractors – Made the AG’s 2014 Top 10 Consumer Complaints.

Today the Michigan Attorney General’s office issued a press release – “Top Ten Consumer Complaints” – check it out here The State of Michigan Attorney General office’s consumer protection division provides consumers a forum to issue complaints against businesses that may have engaged in deceptive and unfair business practices against consumers. The AG’s office madeContinue reading “Landlords, Investors, and Real Estate Contractors – Made the AG’s 2014 Top 10 Consumer Complaints.”