Why Register a Trademark?

If you own and operate a small business in one of our lake communities, you know the importance of name recognition. A unique business name and logo can help a business stand out and get noticed by potential customers. Picture the logo for Sea Ray boats – it looks like a stylized silver wave an... continue reading »

Lake Access

This time of year we get a lot of calls regarding lake access.  The calls vary but here are a few issues that come up time and time again.  Many off-water lots have an easement across a lake lot for lake access. Unfortunately, many of these easements are quite old and vaguely worded.  Does the... continue reading »

Gifting 101

For years people have tried to transfer wealth before death.  There are many reasons for doing so but often the main motivation was estate tax avoidance.  Now, with changes in tax law and very high exemptions, most people will not pay any estate tax upon death.  A more recent motivation has be... continue reading »

Tips for Zoning Permits

Before you build or even before you purchase the lot, if possible, confirm if any variances, conditional use permits or other zoning approvals are required.  If you fail to do that, you will be stuck applying for an after-the-fact variance or other approvals and it’s always easier to ask for p... continue reading »

What is a Trustee?

Have you ever been asked to be a trustee?  Or maybe no one asked you, but you were listed in someone’s estate documents as a trustee.  You now had to figure out exactly, what is a trustee and what do they do.

A trustee is a person or company that holds and administers property for the ... continue reading »