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FAQ about Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Amendment re: Non-Retaliation for Employee Disclosure of Compensation Information

Posted on September 30, 2016 in Government Contracting
Why Should I Care About this Amendment? The federal government is mandating another disclosure to your employees, and adding new language to your government contracts. Issue Date: September 30, 2016 Summary of the Amendment: Interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) “to provide for a uniform policy for the Federal Government to prohibit Federal ... CONTINUE READING

FAQ about the Michigan Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

Posted on May 1, 2016 in Estate Planning
Michigan recently passed the “Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act,” which will become effective on June 27, 2016. The new law is a much needed update to match Michigan estate planning rules with the realities of our digital and electronic lives. It used to be that when a parent passed away, or needed help with ... CONTINUE READING

Why the SBA doesn’t like your power of attorney form: An estate planning trap for owners of certified small businesses with government contracts

Posted on April 30, 2016 in Government Contracting
This article will review the second of two instances where it is very important to make sure your estate plan documents are in compliance with federal regulations if you are an SBA certified, economically-disadvantaged small business (8a), woman-owned small business (WOSB/EDWOSB), or an SBA or VA certified veteran-owned small business (VOSB/SDVOSB). I previously discussed how ... CONTINUE READING

New Michigan Law Allows for Funeral Representative Designation in Estate Planning

Posted on April 25, 2016 in Estate Planning
The State of Michigan recently passed a new law (which will become effective on June 27, 2016) that allows you to name a funeral representative, who is a person with the authority to make decisions regarding your final arrangements and resting place after death. We believe this is a much needed update to existing Michigan ... CONTINUE READING

Why the SBA doesn’t like your joint trust: A common estate planning trap for owners of certified small businesses with government contracts

Posted on April 14, 2016 in Government Contracting
It is common for business owners to have different attorneys for their estate planning needs and their business law needs – sometimes, the two attorneys don’t even work for the same law firm. This article will review the first of two instances where it is very important to make sure your estate plan documents are ... CONTINUE READING

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