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Limit Your Risks When Personally Guaranteeing Your Company’s Debts

  • October 6, 2022
  • by Zana Tomich

It’s not possible for most capital-intensive businesses to simply “bootstrap” their way to success. It’s often necessary for them to borrow as a means of expanding—or just stay afloat. And when a business does borrow, it’s typically not just the business, itself, that’s on the […]

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7 Provisions Michigan Business Owners Should be Wary of When Negotiating a Commercial Lease

  • September 19, 2022
  • by Zana Tomich

Many of us, and even us lawyers, go through life giving little thought to many contracts we enter into. The cellular service company’s terms of service, the car rental agreement, the waiver form from a youth sports organization—even if we take the time to read […]

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Zana Tomich Named a “Go-To” Business Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

  • January 4, 2021
  • by Emily

Media Contact: Barbara Fornasiero; EAFocus Communications;; 248.260.8466 Detroit—December 30, 2020—Zana Tomich, co-founder of Detroit-headquartered law firm Dalton & Tomich PLC, has been named a Michigan “Go-To” Lawyer for Business by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.  The publication’s “Go-To” Lawyer honor spotlights Michigan lawyers who are leaders […]

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Too much space?  Review these legal issues when subletting your space

  • December 26, 2020
  • by Daniel P. Dalton

Many companies, non-profits and churches are looking at the space that they own, or have leased, and reached the conclusion that they own, or have leased, too much space. Before you enter into an agreement to sublease your space, think about the following items and […]

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Moving Your Small Business Out of State in 2021: Legal Considerations

  • December 14, 2020
  • by Noel Sterett

To say 2020 was hard for small businesses is an understatement. Shutdown orders and COVID restrictions choked revenue streams, slowed cash flow, squashed business development opportunities, and took a heavy toll on the personal well-being of many small business owners. While many survived and few […]

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Who Owns it: (Trade) Fixtures in Commercial Leasing

  • January 24, 2020
  • by Zana Tomich

In the commercial leasing world there remains much contention between the classification of fixtures and trade fixtures, and who, as between landlord and tenant, owns what. So, what’s the difference? Simply put, a fixture is a thing which becomes part of the property when it […]

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Lease Negotiation Tip: Don’t Overlook the Letter of Intent

  • November 13, 2019
  • by Zana Tomich

The number one lease negotiation issue Detroit-based business attorney Zana Tomich sees clients run into is the lease letter of intent or LOI. It can be just as important as the lease itself and often dictates the terms of the lease. As Zana explains in […]

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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.