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New Rule in Michigan for State Real Estate Transfer Tax

Posted on March 12, 2016 in Legal News
Update: (March 12, 2016) Now that the Michigan Department of Treasury has updated their refund application form and is no longer challenging this refund, our law firm will no longer be processing the initial application on behalf of clients. A copy of the new application form can be found here, and the information you will ... CONTINUE READING

Attorney Adam Zuwerink Partners with JDSupra Business Advisor

Posted on February 2, 2016 in Government Contracting
Attorney Adam Zuwerink and West Michigan Law are excited to partner with JDSupra Business Advisor in 2016 for the publication and dissemination of our original content, specifically tailored to our branded “GovCon Legal Services” focused on small business entities that contract with governmental entities. JDSupra is the leading information curator for content creators focused on the legal community, delivering daily content ... CONTINUE READING

How the DOJ’s New Regulatory Framework for Gun Trusts Managed to Strike a Reasonable Balance

Posted on January 27, 2016 in Estate Planning
On January 15, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a final rule that fundamentally changed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) regulatory environment for items that are manufactured and transferred under the National Firearms Act (NFA) – namely: automatic weapons, silencers, and suppressors. But amongst all of the recent gun control ... CONTINUE READING

Lessons from the DOD Procurement Management Review Program Annual Newsletter

Posted on January 25, 2016 in Government Contracting
The Department of Defense Procurement Management Review Team is tasked with analyzing and assisting the effectiveness of the DOD’s procurement and contracting function. The PMR team recently released its second annual newsletter highlighting their observations, best practices, and lessons learned, which can be applied across all federal departments and the private sector. “It All Comes Down ... CONTINUE READING

Should I Transfer My Michigan Vehicles to My Trust?

Posted on January 5, 2016 in Estate Planning
If the total value of your vehicles is less than $60,000 and you are fine with your surviving spouse or heirs receiving the automobiles, we generally do not recommend transferring the titles to your vehicles in Michigan into your recovable trust as part of your estate plan, for the following reasons: There is a specific ... CONTINUE READING

Ami Gongalski and Adam Zuwerink Receive CFMC and CCCM Certifications from NCMA

Posted on November 6, 2015 in Government Contracting
West Michigan Law, P.C. is proud to announce that Manager Ami Gongalski earned certification from the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) as a Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM), and Attorney Adam Zuwerink earned certification as a Certified Commercial Contracts Manager (CCCM). The NCMA professional certification program is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, ... CONTINUE READING

IRS Announces 2015 Retirement Plan Limits

Posted on November 4, 2014 in Business Law
The IRS has announced the 2015 cost-of-living adjustments for retirement plan related limitations, with almost all of the most watched figures increasing slightly from 2014.  The 401(k) deferral limitation increased from $17,500 to $18,000 (the additional catch-up contribution limit for those over 50 increased from $5,500 to $6,000), the annual defined contribution plan maximum limit has increased from ... CONTINUE READING

Michigan Real Estate Tax – UPDATED New Transfer of Ownership Rules

Posted on October 23, 2014 in Estate Planning
At the end of 2013, Michigan added a new real estate tax law that said a transfer of residential real property is not a transfer of ownership for purposes of real estate tax uncapping if the buyer and seller are related by blood or affinity to the first degree. There were 2 main questions that ... CONTINUE READING

Top 4 Reasons You Haven’t Created an Estate Plan Yet

Posted on October 10, 2014 in Estate Planning
1. I’m too busy to think about an estate plan, and I won’t die tomorrow anyway. This is a very understandable feeling most people have about finally sitting down to think about the inevitable. We all lead very busy lives, and thinking about scary things like disability and death get pushed to the bottom of ... CONTINUE READING

Does the Age of Your Estate Planning Attorney Matter?

Posted on August 18, 2014 in Estate Planning
Finding an estate planning attorney that you trust is very important.  Finding an estate planning attorney that will still be practicing law years down the road when you pass away may be just as important. Estate Planning attorneys do work for you now, while you are still alive, but did you know one of their ... CONTINUE READING