Things to Know About Life Insurance Settlements

A life insurance policy is an asset similar to real estate, stocks, bonds or personal property like an automobile. As a result, a life insurance policy can be sold like any other asset. The sale of a life insurance policy is called a life insurance...

Tax Relief and Loan Forgiveness: Updates on PPP, PPPFA

Whether the tumultuous events of 2020 led to you closing your shop doors temporarily, or your business remains open with a reduced workforce, or you’ve pivoted operations to something else entirely, you’re likely contemplating how to lock in the long-term success of your business. We face a...

Urge to Merge: M&A fever hits accounting and insurance firms

The merger trend among local independent insurance agencies, which shifted into high gear last year, is also hitting the public accounting sector. Traverse City-based Dennis, Gartland & Niergarth (DGN), northern Michigan’s largest, locally owned public accounting firm, last month purchased Hill, Schroderus & Company, a Petoskey-based...

On the Case: Local attorneys face big cases this year

Sleepy northern Michigan is a misnomer when it comes to the courtroom. Cases involving OxyContin, Roundup, and controversial downstate attorney Geoffrey Fieger all have local connections, some with potentially big legal consequences. The rise of high-profile cases could be linked to a sea change of the local...