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Why is Succession Planning for the Family Business Important?

  • October 10, 2019
  • by Zana Tomich

I represent dozens of small and family businesses and one of the things that I see family businesses overlook is a succession plan.  That is how can the company prepare for the future and live beyond the current generation. What happens when someone retires? What if […]

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Could Your Organization Use a Corporate Clean Up?

  • September 4, 2019
  • by Zana Tomich

In advising hundreds of closely held companies over the years, one of the things I often recommend to clients is a corporate clean up.  What’s a corporate cleanup? It’s a term used to describe the process of taking a deep dive into a company’s organization […]

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What to Know Before Signing a Letter of Intent for a Lease

  • May 21, 2019
  • by Zana Tomich

You’ve spent hours upon hours researching property listings. You’ve spent untold weekends looking at spaces. Finally, you’ve found the perfect place to rent for your business. Congratulations! At this point, you may be tempted to dive right in. But before you take the first official […]

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Succession Planning: Estate Planning for Your Business

  • March 6, 2018
  • by Zana Tomich

Succession planning is a process all small business leaders should undertake.  Similar to estate plans for individuals, succession plans are used to address situations where there is a death, disability, or retirement of key individuals in the company. When a company is owned by just […]

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Are Unpaid Interns Legal?

  • April 25, 2017
  • by Zana Tomich

As  summer approaches, the season of interns is also on the horizon. While college students comprise of the typical intern class, many recent graduates, or students in post-graduate programs who are finding the job market competitive, offer to work as unpaid interns to gain experience […]

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New Administration Brings Uncertainty for Business

  • November 22, 2016
  • by Zana Tomich

With the uncertainty of the 2016 general election behind us, the votes counted in President-elect Trump’s favor, and both chambers of Congress controlled by the same political party, one would think we would have more clarity as to the changes in the law that lie […]

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Employers Should Prepare for DOL Rules on Exempt Employees and Overtime Effective Dec. 1, 2016

  • October 20, 2016
  • by Zana Tomich

Back in May, I wrote about the newly issued Department of Labor Regulations regarding increased salary thresholds for exempt employees and overtime. In September 2016, Attorney Generals from 21 states, including Michigan, filed suit in the Eastern District of Texas against the United States Department […]

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Starting a Restaurant in Detroit : Legal & Administrative Restaurant Startup Checklist

  • September 26, 2016
  • by Zana Tomich

Last year, I wrote about the top six legal considerations for opening and running a restaurant in Detroit. Those considerations still remain relevant today. In addition to the legal considerations I previously blogged about, there is a laundry list of administrative items that one must consider and […]

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Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 Impact: Employers Must Provide Notice in Employment Agreements

  • June 7, 2016
  • by Zana Tomich

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, 18 U.S.C. 1832. The DTSA, modeled on the Uniformed Trade Secrets Act, provides federal protection for trade secrets and confidential information, something that has generally been governed by the […]

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Non-Solicitation Clauses Remain Relevant in Michigan

  • May 9, 2016
  • by Zana Tomich

Most companies are familiar with Non-Compete clauses and routinely consider including them in Employment Agreements with new employees. However, clients in certain industries – like the creative sector – often believe they are not customary, and unwilling to make them a part of their culture. […]

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