Category Archives: General Law

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Don’t Call Me; I’ll Call You

Saturday, around midday, I received a call from Beaumont, a major southeast Michigan inpatient and outpatient medical conglomerate. The caller, who sounded like a 19-year-old co-ed and had a voice worthy of a career in late-night radio, wanted me to respond to a survey about a recent visit to a Beaumont laboratory. Today, I received an email request to respond Read More


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Show Me the Money!

There are many misconceptions about gifts. In “Gift Tax? Hakuna Matata,” I explained why even moderately wealthy folks do not need to worry about the $14,000 per person per person limit on annual gifts. However there are gift reporting requirements that must be met for large gifts, particularly from foreign donors.   It is common knowledge that banks report all Read More


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Grinding Out Profits in a Trust Mill

I walked into an orthopedic doctor’s office the other day. He looked at me and said, “I recommend immediate bilateral knee replacements for you, sir.”   “My knees feel fine,” I said, “I came because my shoulder is hurting.”   “The shoulder can wait,” he snapped, “You need those knees replaced.”   I said, “I don’t think so,” and did Read More


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Double Standard

To turn on the news this year has revealed a seemingly endless parade of sexual predators – actors, comedians, producers, directors, politicians and executives. Women and men have come forward to accuse people in positions of power of groping, harassing, threatening and raping them. While some of the predatory behavior has been recent, many victims have waited decades before going Read More