Secure Act

It’s called the Secure Act, and what you don’t know about it could end up costing thousands.  The Secure Act was signed into law on December 20, 2019, and it means big changes for your pre-tax retirement accounts. Prior to the Act, those inheriting traditional IRAs could take advantage of stretching the IRA required minimum

Property Tax Daze

It’s the new year, meaning property tax season is in full swing. If you are a property owner in the State of Michigan, you should have received a Winter Property Tax bill from your local taxing authority. Winter Tax bills are generally mailed on December 1st of each year and are due by February 14th

Ringing in the New Year

Now that we have adjusted from writing “2019” and started writing “2020,” there is one more thing you should try and remember.  Many agencies have issued warnings saying you should write out “2020” when signing and dating documents. The reasoning behind these warnings is to avoid fraud and scams.  When using “20” as an abbreviation

The Green Rush

It’s being called the Green Rush for several reasons, but the one that should matter most to you is the amount of money that can potentially be made in Michigan’s Marijuana Industry. When voters decided to amend Michigan’s Constitution to allow for recreational marijuana, they opened the doors to a number of business opportunities for

Probate of an Estate

There are circumstances and occasions where probate either cannot be avoided or should not be avoided. The period of time after the loss of a loved one is difficult and the added pressures and responsibilities of making legal decisions do not help. Clients take comfort on relying on the expertise that Shinners & Cook offers

Don’t Forget About the Fine Print

As a small, medium, or even large business, you likely encounter contracts on a daily basis. Contracts include the agreed-to price, time for delivery or for service to be complete, and all other hard-fought negotiation terms. Yet, every contract is also likely to contain numerous fine print “terms and conditions.” While money may be made

Considering a Prenuptial Agreement?

Getting married? Has your fiancée approached you about signing a prenuptial agreement? If so, make sure you have an attorney – your attorney – look at it first. Now discussing a prenuptial agreement may not be as romantic or fun as picking out your honeymoon destination, but sometimes the discussion is necessary, especially if you

Shinners & Cook Hires Attorney Joseph Albosta

Shinners & Cook would like to introduce their newest Associate Attorney, Joseph Albosta.  Albosta received his Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with focuses in Economics and Political Science from Michigan State University in 2001 and his Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University in 2009.  Albosta previously worked at the Saginaw County Prosecutor’s Office for the


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