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WILLIAM E. SIGLER is a shareholder of the firm. His practice involves business planning, structuring and formation of business entities, mergers and acquisitions, real property acquisitions and dispositions, contract drafting and review, employee benefit plans, executive compensation, and estate and business succession planning. He graduated from Michigan State University and the University of Detroit School of Law where he was an editor of the Law Review. He is a frequent lecturer and has authored many articles, including:

  • “Pension Plans as Succession Plans for Small-Business Owners,” Laches, No. 601 (September 2017)
  • “Splitting Up is Not so Hard to Do,” Laches, No. 597 (April 2017)
  • "Avoiding Tax-Related Identity Theft," Accounting Today (September 2016)
  • "NIIT Nits," Laches, No. 587 (April, 2016)
  • "The Beneficiary as Trustee: Designing the Henhouse Around the Fox," Laches, No. 567 (April, 2014)
  • “Equity Compensation in LLCs,” Laches, No. 557 (April 2013)
  • "Selling the Keys to the Kingdom Without Bank Financing," Michigan Tax Lawyer, Volume XXXV, Issue 3 (Fall, 2009)
  • "Executive Compensation Trends for Emerging Growth Companies," Laches, No. 523 (November, 2009)
  • "Fifty Years of Practice Reversed By New Rules on Post-Death Events," Michigan Tax Lawyer, Volume XXXV, Issue 2 (Summer, 2009)
  • "Innovative Retirement Plan Designs for the Small-Business Employer," Laches, No. 450 (July, 2003)
  • "Qualifying for the Annual GST Tax Exclusion," Laches, No. 387 (April, 1998)
  • "New Revenue Ruling Encourages Gifts of Stock in the Family Business, But Beware!" Michigan Bar Journal, Volume 72, No. 10 (October, 1993)
  • "Supreme Court Declares Qualified Plan Benefits to be Exempt from Bankruptcy," Michigan Bar Journal, Volume 71, No. 10 (October, 1992)
Mr. Sigler is a member of the Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit and is active in charitable and bar related activities. He served as chairperson of the Oakland County Bar Association Employee Benefits Committee and is a member of the Board of the Association for Corporate Growth. He has been recognized as a Michigan Leading Lawyer in the areas of Closely & Privately Held Business Law, Employee Benefits Law, Tax Law: Business and Individual and Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law.

Education
UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, Detroit, Michigan, Juris Doctor, 1983

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, East Lansing, Michigan, B.A., 1980
 
 
Professional Memberships
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION

STATE BAR OF MICHIGAN

OAKLAND COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

FINANCIAL AND ESTATE PLANNING COUNCIL OF METROPOLITAN DETROIT

SOCIETY OF FINANCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONALS

ASSOCIATION FOR CORPORATE GROWTH
 
Presentations
 
Tax Professionals & the IRS: Successfully Working Together Conference (June 21, 2017)  
 
Tax Professionals & the IRS: Successfully Working Together Conference (June 22, 2016)
 
The Ralph Grant Institute 12th Annual Professional Development Conference (November 23-24, 2015)

The Ralph Grant Institute 11th Annual Professional Development Conference (November 24-26, 2014)

The Ralph Grant Institute 9th Annual Professional Development Conference (November 19-21, 2012)
 
Roundup of Recent Tax Developments, Twenty-Fourth Annual Tax Symposium (November 24, 2015)

Roundup of Recent Tax Developments, Twenty-Third Annual Tax Symposium (November 16, 2014)
 
Round-Up of Recent Tax Developments, Twenty-Second Annual Tax Symposium (October 26, 2013)
 
Contact Us
Phone: (248) 827-1865
Fax: (248) 359-6165
Email: WSigler@maddinhauser.com
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