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Christopher G. Rogers Announced as Partner

January 28, 2016 Kuhn Rogers is pleased to announce the addition of Christopher G. Rogers as a partner in its law practice. Chris has been with Kuhn Rogers since 2014 as a result of its merger with the firm of Calcutt, Rogers and Boynton where Chris had been practicing since his admission to the State Bar of Michigan in 2010. Chris has significant experience in estate planning, business succession planning, real estate law, and general civil law. With his background, Chris is well positioned to play an integral role in Kuhn Rogers’ ability to provide comprehensive legal services to its Read More …

Kuhn Rogers 2nd Largest Law Firm in TC

A recent ranking of Traverse City, Michigan law firms by the Traverse City Business News identifies Kuhn Rogers PLC as the second largest firm in the area. The ranking is based on the number of attorneys at each firm. Click here to visit the ranking on the TCBN website, which identifies Kuhn Rogers’ partners, top areas of practice, and total number of attorneys and staff.

The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act – A Powerful Tool

By: Troy W. Stewart, Partner The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (“PACA”) 7 USC §499a, et seq., is a federal statute which provides certain protections for unpaid suppliers, sellers or agents relating to the purchase or sale of any perishable agricultural commodity. PACA defines the term “perishable agricultural commodity” as “fresh fruit and vegetables of every kind and character”, whether or not frozen or packed in ice, including cherries in brine. PACA requires all brokers and dealers in perishable agricultural commodities to obtain licenses from the Secretary of Agriculture. Brokers and dealers violate PACA if they do not pay promptly and Read More …

New Changes to Michigan’s Environmental Cleanup Law

By: Joseph E. Quandt, Partner In what has become an annual process over the last three years, the Michigan Legislature has, again, amended Michigan’s primary Environmental Remediation Statute, known as Part 201 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, P.A. 451 of 1994, as amended. The most recent changes provide for more flexibility in managing the environmental remediation process at sites of environmental contamination. The following are highlights of these changes. Site specific cleanup criteria now allows for remediation approaches which accommodate contaminant exposure assumptions that are specific to a piece of property. In other words, if a specific Read More …

Troy W. Stewart Named Partner

TROY W. STEWART, an attorney with Kuhn Rogers PLC, has been named a full equity partner at one of northwest Michigan’s largest locally owned law firms. He joined Kuhn Rogers PLC in 2006 and has been a practicing attorney for the past 15 years. His areas of practice include: commercial litigation and arbitration, commercial/consumer collections, landlord-tenant, corporate law, employment law, general civil, criminal, divorce and family law, environmental, real property, business/contract litigation, and appeals. Attorney Stewart has represented clients in criminal and civil jury trials, as well as civil bench trials, while also preparing and filing numerous briefs with the Read More …

New Real Estate Succession Planning Options

Recent amendments to the property tax statute expand planning opportunities for family property succession. By: Christopher G. Rogers, Attorney Whether your family property is a rustic camp in the U.P., a cozy cottage on Little Glen, a hunting cabin in Eastern Lower Michigan, or a house in Traverse City – to your family, your property likely has a “family meaning value” far in excess of its fair market value. A consideration when planning to keep property in your family for generations is its annual carrying cost, a major component of which is the annual property taxes. The longer you’ve owned Read More …

Property Tax Uncapping Overview

By: Christopher G. Rogers, Attorney The foundation of property taxes is a concept defined as “transfer of ownership,” which is “the conveyance of title to or a present interest in property, including the beneficial use of the property, the value of which is substantially equal to the value of the fee interest.” MCL 211.27a(6). There are certain conveyances that are defined to be a “transfer of ownership” and there are certain defined “exceptions” from a transfer of ownership. Further, there are three values attributed to your property each year: state equalized value, assessed value, and taxable value. Both state equalized Read More …