Dan A. Penning Voted Best Lawyer and Law Firm Leelanau County

Dan A. Penning

Voted Best Lawyer / Law Firm Leelanau County

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Summer’s Not Over Until Last Firework Lights Up Night Sky

“No Dad, I have to go for the team.”

When I suggested to my son, Casey, he could bypass the weekly “Team Trivia” competition he gave me a very matter-of-fact reply of “No Dad, I have to go for the team.” So off we went to the Village Inn to meet up with “Casey’s Team” for an evening of burgers and “I’ve got that one, it’s The Matrix” or “Luxembourg” as “the northern most country beginning with the letter “L” to not play in the last winter Olympics.” Luckily the Coopers were on hand to offer up “entropy” for “the science of boiling and cooling water,” and “Baltimore” as the “location of John Hopkins Medical Center and University.” Another round of high fives and beaming smiles as the points began adding up.

“Who makes up these questions?”
In the past I’ve shared comments with you that while listening to Casey I sometimes ask myself, “Who knows this stuff?” While listening to the trivia questions I kept asking myself, “Who makes up these questions?” And then I realized it didn’t matter, because teams were coming together, joining in hushed huddles to come up with their own answers. What mattered was the feeling of community with friends and neighbors in spite of the competitive atmosphere. The timing of one song between each round of questions and answers is enough time spaced out across the evening to catch up on recent events, upcoming activities, and to discover something new about friends and swap summer stories. It’s also enough time to lean back, relax and share a few laughs at our own expense.

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The Pure Joy of Winning when You Make Your Goals

Tucker Penning Making Winning Hockey Goal During TournamentThe corresponding picture of my 16-year-old son, Tucker, with this blog post, was recently taken at a hockey tournament in Cleveland, Ohio. Tucker, by all accounts, is one of the best goal scorers for his team. For the first two games of the tournament, Tucker was repeatedly frustrated by missed opportunities and some remarkable goalie saves that sent him into the tournament semi-final game with no goals. The first two periods of the semi-final game were more of the same. Tucker worked and worked, but no goals. He kept focused and worked hard in the third period and then, with 30 seconds left, he seized an opportunity and scored the game-winning goal. The picture was taken right after the goal was scored. Success at last!

As I reflect on Tucker’s experience, it occurred to me that his path to success in that situation mirrors how we, as adults, should pursue success. Dr. Alan Zimmerman, in his internet newsletter “Tuesday Tip” recently commented on the various studies that have been conducted about achieving “success”. In his newsletter, Dr. Zimmerman cites four key elements of success which is first to “toil awhile” and secondly “to endure awhile”. The last two steps of success are to “believe always” and the final step being “never turn back”. Dr. Zimmerman states, “the folks who make it in this world…the folks who become truly successful…continue to toil and endure in spite of their problems, challenges, and setbacks. Successful people know that hard work does not prevent problems. It simply gets them through the problems.”

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Kentucky Judge Rules: Forfeit Gambling Domains

Kentucky Judge Rules: Forfeit Gambling Domains

By Mike Sachoff – Fri, 10/17/2008 – 6:44pm.

They can keep domains if they just block Kentucky!

WebProNews has just received the 44-page order and opinion from Franklin County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate regarding the seizure of 141 online gambling domain names.

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Court Rules that Parents Cannot Sign Waivers for their Children to Avoid Lawsuits Against Schools, Churches, or Other Business Entities for Personal Injuries

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently decided that a child’s right to sue for a personal injury is not prohibited, even if that child’s parent or legal guardian signed a waiver of liability form. The case involved a 5-year-old child who broke his leg jumping from an inflatable slide at an indoor commercial “bounce facility”.

The Court of Appeals applied a common law rule that, “in Michigan, a parent has no authority merely by virtue of the parental relation to waiver, release or compromise claims of his or her child. Generally speaking, the natural guardian has no authority to do an act which is detrimental to the child.” The holding, then, is that absent a specific statutory exception to the common law rule, a parent may not bind his or her child to a pre-injury waiver of liability for injuries incurred in either a commercial or non-profit setting.

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