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General Counsel and Advice

Who Owns Your Small Business’ Intellectual Property? The Answer May (unpleasantly) Surprise You

  • June 22, 2022
  • by Zana Tomich

Almost every small business, no matter how small, has some form of intellectual property to protect. It might be a trademark (e.g., a logo), a copyright (e.g., a user manual), a patent or other form of IP it owns. Or, at least, thinks it owns. […]

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The Potential Benefits of Treating Your Companies as a “Controlled Group” Come with Legal Risks

  • April 18, 2022
  • by Zana Tomich

In general, for a company that offers its employees health insurance benefits, the more employees there, the lower the premium costs are per employee. So if a business owner owns more than one business, it might be tempting to try to bundle all the people […]

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5 Scenarios Where it’s Critical to Call Your Business Attorney

  • March 21, 2022
  • by Zana Tomich

We may not always like it, but us business attorneys know that you business owners are often out there wheelin’ and dealin’ with handshakes and a hope for the best, and in many cases that works out okay. We would like you to more frequently […]

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Limit Your Liability by Dissolving Your Inactive Michigan LLC

  • February 14, 2022
  • by Zana Tomich

There’s a reason the term “serial entrepreneur” is so common: certain people love starting multiple business ventures—sometimes juggling multiple businesses at once. Owning more than one business can have benefits, such as diversifying an entrepreneur’s income streams and better utilizing certain fixed overhead costs, such […]

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Practical Ideas for Business Succession Planning in Michigan

  • January 24, 2022
  • by Zana Tomich

A business succession plan, like an estate plan for an individual, is something that requires clear-eyed, strategic thinking. It’s not something to put off until it becomes an urgent necessity. In fact, thinking through an exit strategy earlier than a business owner may think it’s […]

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Non-Compete Agreements are Still Enforceable in Michigan, But Businesses Should Prepare for a Day When They Aren’t

  • November 11, 2021
  • by Zana Tomich

In an article titled “The Great Acceleration,” McKinsey asserts that, “The COVID-19 crisis has intensified existing trends.” From remote work to digitization, we’ve seen a number of workplace trends gain steam since March 2020. Another is the movement, among courts and lawmakers, to limit the […]

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How to Remove an LLC Member in Michigan

  • September 14, 2021
  • by Zana Tomich

You’ve probably heard this analogy before: Going into business with a partner is very much like getting married. In a best case scenario, partners build a thriving business that brings them personal satisfaction and financial success. However, just as in marriage, irreconcilable differences can arise […]

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How Operating Agreements Can Prevent Disputes Over Owner Contributions

  • August 19, 2021
  • by Zana Tomich

Many privately held businesses rely on infusions of cash from their owners in order to start a business and, in many cases, fund its expansion. The infusions can be small, such as amounts needed to fund a payroll period while awaiting payment of a customer […]

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MI COVID Rescission Order Leaves MIOSHA Rules Intact . . . For Now

  • June 18, 2021
  • by Zana Tomich

On June 17, 2021, Michigan Governor Whitmer announced that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services would rescind many of the emergency orders as of June 22, 2021. The earlier than expected termination of the Coronavirus emergency orders have the effect of rescinding the […]

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The Latest Michigan COVID-19 Workplace Rules

  • May 26, 2021
  • by Zana Tomich

On Monday, May 24, 2021, Michigan’s Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, improvised on her Vacc to Normal plan less than a month after it was announced. After the CDC issued its announcement on May 13, 2021 – that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks […]

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The business and employment attorneys of Dalton & Tomich take your business just as seriously as you do. Attorneys Zana Tomich and Noel Sterett are trusted by closely held family businesses and others across Michigan and Northern Illinois as invaluable partners and counselors. We guarantee all your calls and emails will be returned within one business day so you can focus on what you do best: running your business.