Wills, Trusts, Business, Real Estate, and Probate Blog
What's new in estate planning, business, and real estate law.
Attorney Robert Miller is featured in MLive article linked below about Central Michigan University Research Corp. entrepreneur hub in Bay City (CMURC). MLive
In an attempt to reach younger demographics, Attorney Robert Miller has created a YouTube series, “Estate Planning is not just for the wealthy.” Please watch, subscribe, and share at www.basiclaw4u.com Click Here
The Death of Billionaire Tom Benson Provides Insight Into Privacy in Wills & Trusts and The Dangers of Challenging Your Father’s Competence
Former billionaire owner of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans, Tom Benson, passed away. He was on his third wife and there was an apparent fight with his daughter in 2015 over his mental competence regarding running these organizations. Yes, predictable result. It should be noted that Wills tend to be made public because they are filed, and Trusts tend to remain private. Therefore, what goes into a Will is potentially important for the privacy of the family. In this case, the Will, which has been filed, appears to be a typical Pour-Over Will, which names the Trustee of his Revocable Living Trust as the benefactor of all his property. However, Mr. Benson did not stop there. The Will goes on to provide
On June 19, 2017, the Supreme Court ruled in Matal v. Tam, that the anti-disparagement provisions of the federal Lanham Act, which governs federal trademark applications, infringes on free speech rights of trademark applicants. The Supreme Court held that Asian-American members of the rock band “The Slants” have the right to trademark their disparaging name in a ruling that will potentially have a broad impact on how the First Amendment is applied to federal trademarks. The United States Patent and Trademark Office rejected the band’s federal trademark application and cited the anti-disparagement provision of the Lanham Act prohibiting federal trademarks that “disparage…or bring…into contempt or disrepute” any “persons, living
Under Michigan law, corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs) are treated as separate and distinct entities or “persons.” Shareholders, owners, and members are presumably not liable for business obligations as a general rule. This enables business shareholders, owners, and members to be free from personal liability for business obligations, liabilities, and debts. However, there is an exception to this rule known as “piercing the corporate veil.” “Piercing the corporate veil” of corporate limited liability sometimes occurs in Michigan business litigation. Under this exception, owners of a corporation or limited liability company can be found liable for the business’s obligations by failing to adhere to corporate