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Yes, your 18-year-old does need estate planning!

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

A common misperception is that estate planning is only for the old or the wealthy. Often, estate planning becomes urgent, something done quickly due to an upcoming trip or in response to a health scare. Estate planning,...more

Ninth Circuit Allows Leases To be Stripped in Section 363 Sale

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Courts consistently have held that the sale of real property under the Bankruptcy Code cannot "strip off" the leasehold interests in that property. Until now, only one case held to the contrary and was generally considered an...more

Client Alert on Secured Transactions Law in Azerbaijan - New Law on Secured Transactions with Movable Property in Azerbaijan

by Dentons on

In late May 2017 the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan signed the new Law on Secured Transactions with Movable Property. The law was prepared based on the UNCITRAL Model Law on Secured Transactions. ...more

If It Doesn’t Say So, It Aint So: Michigan Supreme Court Holds For-Profit Schools Entitled To Property Tax Exemption

by Fraser Trebilcock on

A unanimous Michigan Supreme Court decision this week will have big implications for for-profit schools and colleges – and even for-profit laboratories, research and development facilities, and test centers. On Monday,...more

Washington: Third-Party Administrators and Adjusters Can Be Liable in Bad Faith Actions

by Cozen O'Connor on

On April 11, 2017, the Division III Washington Court of Appeals, on a 2 to 1 vote, held that third party administrators and adjusters can be liable in bad faith actions under multiple legal theories. Merriman v. Am. Guar. &...more

Blockchain and the Law - Overview of token sales and bitcoin property rights

by Perkins Coie on

On March 29, 2017, Perkins Coie partner Dax Hansen and associate Josh Boehm were invited to the Cyber Initiative at Stanford Law School to deliver a presentation on several cutting-edge legal issues relating to blockchain...more

Bankruptcy Beat: New York Bankruptcy Court Prohibits Stripping of Mortgage Lien Against Debtor's Multi-Family Residential Real...

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

In both Chapter 13 consumer bankruptcy cases and individual Chapter 11 cases, a debtor is prohibited from modifying a claim that is “secured only by a security interest in real property that is the debtor’s principal...more

Friends and Family and Criminal Forfeiture

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

One of the many potential consequences of a criminal conviction is that the government may seize assets held by the defendant’s family to satisfy a criminal forfeiture order against the defendant himself. In United States v....more

Best in Law: How Courts Sort Out Property Rights in Tough Bankruptcy Cases

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation proceeding, in its simplest form, is straightforward. When a person or company is unable to pay its debts, a bankruptcy trustee is appointed. The debtor’s property becomes a bankruptcy...more

Circulating security interests and competing priorities

by DLA Piper on

The recent Federal Court decision (on 1 March 2017) in Langdon, in the matter of Forge Group Limited (Receivers and Managers Appointed) (in Liq) [2017] FCA 170 considered the situation where a sizeable, unexpected tax refund...more

How To Protect Yourself Before A Divorce

by Cozen O'Connor on

As a divorce lawyer, I have met with countless clients who claim they were blindsided by a divorce. While they may have seen signs that something was wrong in the marriage, they chose to ignore them hoping that things would...more

Give Me the Ring Back! Written Promises Around Engagements

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

On Valentine’s Day, Zack takes Kelly, his high school sweetheart who goes to a different college, to the Max for a romantic dinner. At the end of the meal Zack says, “Kelly, I want us to promise each other that after college...more

The Alchemist’s Guide to Post-Judgment Collections

In the hectic world of North Carolina civil litigation, the focused practitioner understandably may lose sight of the forest for the individual trees. Analyzing thousands of pages of poorly-copied document production for that...more

Michigan’s new exemption for manufacturing personal property -- Claims are due February 21 this year.

by Dickinson Wright on

For purposes of Michigan property taxes, qualified manufacturing personal property (as defined by MCL 211.9m and 211.9n) located on occupied real property is exempt from ad valorem taxation and, rather, is subject to a much...more

Michigan’s 2017 property tax assessment notices are in the mail. Should you appeal?

by Dickinson Wright on

Local assessors are in the process of sending annual notices of real and personal property tax assessments to property owners/taxpayers, who must determine whether the assessments are correct and whether an appeal should be...more

Michigan Tax News - January 2017

by Dickinson Wright on

Michigan’s 2017 property tax assessment notices are in the mail. Should you appeal? Local assessors are in the process of sending annual notices of real and personal property tax assessments to property owners/taxpayers,...more

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker May Propose Unconstitutional Sales Tax Collection Responsibility on Remote Sellers

BOSTON – January 27, 2017. In an attempt to balance his $40.5 billion budget, Governor Charlie Baker may propose that remote sellers be required to collect Massachusetts sales taxes on sales of tangible personal property made...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds City of Chicago Went Too Far in Taxing Cars Rented Outside Its Borders

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Illinois Supreme Court, in Hertz Corp v. City of Chicago, 2017 IL 119945 (Jan. 20, 2017) , held that the City of Chicago’s ruling requiring rental car companies located within three miles of the City to collect tax on...more

Top Four Estate Disputes from 2016

by LeClairRyan on

With the end of 2016 upon us, now is a fitting time to look back at some of the top estate disputes from this past year. 2016 was a typical year in that, unsurprisingly, people continued to die and families continued to fight...more

SC Court of Appeals Curbs Personal Representative Fee - Appeal arose from administration of an estate

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The South Carolina Court of Appeals recently handed down the decision of In Re: Estate of Marion M. Kay, Op. No. 5414 (S.C.Ct.App. Withdrawn, Substituted and Refiled Nov. 2, 2016) (Shearouse Adv.Sh. No. 42 at 28). In Kay,...more

Insuring Fine Art: The Visual Artists Rights Act and Its Bad Faith Implications

by Cozen O'Connor on

Insuring fine art can present challenges that are not encountered with other types of property. One of these challenges involves the application of the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990 (17 U.S.C. §106A) (“VARA”) when artwork...more

The Lease of Your Worries: Preserving the Priority of a Lessor’s Interest in an Asset

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Unless a long-term lease of an asset is registered in the Personal Property Registry (PPR), the leasing arrangement may fail to protect the priority of the lessor’s ownership interest. The Alberta Court of Appeal in Fast...more

Do It Yourself Wills: Will They Lead to More Litigation?

by LeClairRyan on

Here’s my prediction: do it yourself wills, also referred to as “homemade wills” or “online wills” or “internet wills” (I’ll refer to them in this blog post as “DIY Wills”) will result in a significant (though not massive)...more

Sixth Circuit Lifts the Lid On Pre-Approved Filings Under Seal

by Butler Snow LLP on

Any thought that the Sixth Circuit’s June decision regarding filings under seal in Shane Group, Inc. v. BlueCross Blue Shield of Michigan, 825 F.3d 299 (6th Cir. 2016), might be narrowly construed based upon the nature of the...more

When is a company regularly engaged in the business of leasing goods?

by DLA Piper on

The recent decision by the New South Wales Supreme Court in Forge Group Power Pty Ltd (in liquidation)(receivers and managers appointed) v General Electric International Inc [2016] NSWCA 52 provides useful guidance for...more

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