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YOU BLEEPING "&#+%"

Using the words "you bleeping &#+%" (insert your favorite expletives) is never the best way to motivate your employees. And yet sometimes we still want to say it. How can we encourage our employees to do their best work without losing our cool? If you hope to instill change and growth in your employees consider these six steps when giving criticism:

1. Can the issue or behavior be changed? If it cannot be fixed in the future, do not take the next step. Be silent. Never criticize what cannot be changed!

PLEASE RELEASE ME

"Release Me" was a popular song written by Eddie Miller and Robert Yount in 1949 and made into an international hit by Englebert Humperdinck in 1967. The opening line of the song "[P]lease release me, let me go," is also a constant refrain of trustees who (understandably) want to be released from liability in exchange for distributions of trust assets to the beneficiaries. This is especially true when beneficiaries have expressed concerns or complaints about a trustee's work as trustee. And why not? Contractors are asked to provide releases of lien in exchange for payment. Others in the context of fulfilling contractual obligations frequently seek a release in exchange for full performance. Should trustees be treated any differently? Under Michigan law, they are; probably.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.

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