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Kalamazoo Attorney Anastase Markou to argue case before the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

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KALAMAZOO, MICH. - Sept. 27, 2017 - The attorney for one of five convicted in connection to the Polderman murder case in Kalamazoo County 17 years ago will have the opportunity to ask for a new trial during an appeal to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

State's new tax on Airbnb

tylerstewart.jpgTourism is a considerable contribution to Michigan's economy. As tourism continues to grow throughout the state, more travelers are choosing a "shared-economy" approach, such as Airbnb, rather than booking a hotel or motel for their vacation.

Should I do it myself?

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In short answer, no one should get divorced without attorney involvement. Although, at first blush it might seem easy to DIY your divorce, but it's not unlike any other type of project that you might try to do yourself. For example, would you complete a plumbing project in your home without assistance from a plumber? Maybe you would - if you are just fixing one leaky sink. But, if you were totally re-piping your entire kitchen and bathroom, you would probably want to hire a professional. You most certainly do not want to take on a project that you cannot complete yourself and end up flooding the house in the process!

"I just can't talk to him." How to deal with 50-50 parenting time when you and your ex can't communicate.

Rachel.jpg It is becoming increasingly more common for parents to have "50-50" parenting time schedules with their children. This is where the children spend 50 percent of the time in one parent's home, and 50 percent of the time in the other parent's home. While this is a great solution for many families, it can be a challenge for parents that just do not communicate well.

Estate Planning Considerations under the Trump Administration

tylerstewart.jpgWhat is the future of the federal estate tax?

On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump promised to completely repeal the federal estate tax. Now, the president has alluded that the release of his tax reform proposal is on the horizon and commentators expect that he will attempt to follow through on his promise.

Sharan Levine Leaders in the Law

Sharan Levine, attorney and partner of Levine & Levine Attorneys at Law, was honored March 23 during a reception at the Detroit Marriott Troy as one of 30 lawyers in Michigan Lawyers Weekly's Leaders in the Law Class of 2017. Levine has more than 35 years of experience in all aspects of representing small businesses including business formation, business succession planning and compliance, probate and estate planning and trust administration.

Every year, Leaders in the Law are honored for their significant accomplishments in law practice; outstanding contributions to the practice of law in Michigan; leadership in improving the justice system; improving the legal community and their communities at large; and setting an example for other lawyers.

Professional Wills for the Solo Medical or Mental Health Professional

tylerstewart.jpgIf you are a solo medical or mental health professional, what will happen to your practice in the event of an unexpected incapacity or death? For practical, ethical, and legal reasons, it is important to have a "Plan of Action" in place.

To be licensed as a medical doctor or a psychologist in Michigan, the licensee must attest to (1) having a written policy for protection, maintaining, and providing access to medical records, and (2) ensuring that these records are not abandoned upon death and that the records are transferred to a successor licensee. .

Randall Levine Appointed to YMCA Cabinet to Assist With Building for Generations Campaign

Randall LevineKALAMAZOO, MICH. - March 13, 2017 - Randall Levine, attorney and managing partner of Levine & Levine law firm, has been appointed to the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo Building for Generations Campaign Cabinet by President and CEO Steve Springsdorf. In this position, Levine will support the three-phase plan to improve the Maple Branch YMCA buildings, amenities and programs.

Phase one was completed in March of 2016, with the opening of new all-accessible locker facilities in the Y at Centre Street. The project is now in the second phase, which includes changes throughout the Y to create a more accessible and functional facility such as a new multi-purpose room, a barrier-free entrance for members, an expanded Healthy Youth & Teen Center and more. In the last phase, the Y's pool will be replaced with a larger, multi-purpose warm water pool.

Judge Lipsey Receives Honor

Judge Lipsey Receives Honor

Photo: Pictured (left-right) Anastase Markou, Randall Levine, Judge Alexander Lipsey and Sarissa Montague at the Legacy Ball in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Levine & Levine attorneys had the opportunity to attend Kalamazoo's Legacy Ball on Friday, Feb. 17, in support of Judge Alexander Lipsey who was honored during the event. Held in recognition of Black History Month, this was the ninth annual Legacy Ball to occur, and was hosted at the Radisson in downtown Kalamazoo.

Understanding your digital assets during estate planning

2488869_1.jpgUnder Michigan law, a fiduciary acting under a last will and testament or durable power of attorney, or a trustee acting under a trust agreement, can legally request the digital assets of the individual they represent. The durable power of attorney document or trust agreement does grant full power to the fiduciary allowing for the management of all digital assets in order to comply with this law. A digital asset means "an electronic record in which the user has a right or interest." Examples include email accounts, brokerage accounts, social media accounts, text messages, photos, information stored on a phone, airline miles, e-books, videos, digital currency, website domains, or anything stored in the cloud.

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