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10 Hertz Schram Attorneys Receive Super Lawyer 2016

Hertz Schram is proud to announce that 10 of our attorneys have been named for inclusion in the 2016 edition of Michigan Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. The Rising Stars list is developed using the same patented multiphase selection process used for the Super Lawyers list except:

8 Hertz Schram Attorneys Honored as 2017 Top Lawyers by Dbusiness

Hertz Schram is pleased to announce that eight of our attorneys were selected to appear in DBusiness Top Lawyers for 2017. DBusiness, publication of Hour Media, is one of the leading business journals in the Detroit area. Over 19,000 attorneys were polled across Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Livingston counties to determine who were considered the best among their peers.

Hertz Schram Partner, Lisa D Stern Receives Best in Michigan for Client Satisfaction

Lisa D Stern, Partner, Family Law, was elected 2016 American Institution of Family Law Attorneys 10 Best in Michigan for Client Satisfaction for her exceptional work in family law. Selection criteria focused on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of Client Satisfaction.

Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) and Hertz Schram PC Present Information Toolbox: Meeting the CPA's Needs

Schram PC Present Information Toolbox: Meeting the CPA's Needs

Hertz Schram PC, one of the region's leading law firms, is pleased to announce it is partnering with the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA), to present the Information Toolbox: Meeting the CPA's Needs on October 27th, 2016. 

Recently-Enacted Defend Trade Secrets Act Requires Employer Disclosure of Whistleblower Immunity

New remedies for trade secret holders have stolen the headlines about the Defend Trade Secrets Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on May 11, 2016. However, the new law also provides substantial whistleblower protection for employees of companies that deal with trade secrets. The whistleblower provisions of the Defend Trade Secrets Act also provide powerful incentives for employers to notify employees of these new protections.

Hertz Schram Supports the LGBTQ community and the Fair Michigan Justice Project

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Contact: Lisa D. Stern, (248) 335-5000, lstern@hertzschram.com

Hertz Schram Supports the LGBTQ community and the Fair Michigan Justice Project

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Detroit - area law firm Hertz Schram today announced that it would contribute the funds necessary to launch the Fair Michigan Justice project. The Fair Michigan Justice Project, a non-profit organization, is involved with creating a special victims' unit within the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office to be announced by Prosecutor Kym Worthy at a press conference on July 12th. The FMJP staff will be training the prosecutor's office as well as various police agencies within the county in a concerted effort to help reduce crimes against members of the LGBTQ community and solve new and cold cases.

The Thrill is Gone, But the Problems are Just Beginning: A Cautionary Tale

2015 saw the end of legendary bluesman B.B. King. While the 15-time Grammy winner died peacefully in his sleep, the time since his passing has been decidedly less so. King's estate, which is estimated to be anywhere between $5 and $30 million, is being fought over by King's 15 children from 15 different women.

Videotape Testimony Can Be Powerful Evidence When Mental Competency is Questioned

A California judge dismissed a challenge to the mental competency of 92 year old billionaire Sumner Redstone (Viacom and CBS's controlling shareholder) after reviewing videotaped testimony where Mr. Redstone appeared to be competent and clearly indicated his desires to cut Ms. Herzer (his former girlfriend) out of his life.

A lawsuit challenging Mr. Redstone's mental competency was filed by Manuela Herzer after she was removed as Mr. Redstone's health care agent and after a $70,000,000 gift to her in his will was withdrawn. Instead, Redstone appointed his daughter, Shari Redstone as his health care advocate. Further details about the case can be found at http://www.wsj.com/articles/sumner-redstone-suit-dismissed-by-judge-1462809150.

Michigan Custody Law Must be Amended to Encompass Artificial Reproductive Technology

Michigan is considering an amendment to the Child Custody Act that will enable parents who have children as result of in vitro fertilization from anonymous sperm and egg donors to be legally considered the child's parents. Based upon current law, a parent, whose child was conceived in this manner, does not have standing to seek custody under the Child Custody Act. A "parent" has been defined by the Michigan legislature as the "natural or adoptive parent of a child." The courts have interpreted a "natural" parent to be a person who is biologically related to the child. This is problematic for those parents who have been blessed with a child as a result of Artificial Reproductive Technology (ART). The problem is specific to those situations where a child born to a couple is the result of a donor egg and donor sperm.

For example, John and Melissa attempted to have a child for several years with no success. After medical tests were conducted, it was discovered that John has a low sperm count and Melissa has a genetic, hereditary disease that could be passed on to their future child. Melissa wants to give birth to her child. To accomplish this, the couple purchased an anonymous donor egg and anonymous donor sperm and a zygote was implanted into Melissa's uterus using in vitro fertilization technology. Nine months later, Melissa gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

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