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Stopped By The Police?

It happens to just about all of us, whether we are driving or walking, we get stopped by the police. The two situations present two very different scenarios to consider. What if a Police Officer Stops You While You’re Walking? What if a police… Read More
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Categories: Criminal Defense

Michigan Certificate of Trust Existence

A Michigan Certificate of Trust Existence is not always required, but can be a good idea. Here are some reasons why… What is a Certificate of Trust Existence? As provided by Michigan statutes MCL 565.431, et seq., a certificate of trust existence… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning

Avoid Michigan Probate and More with a Living Trust

Probate is the legal process that oversees what happens to a person’s estate (e.g. property, money, etc.) after death. Probate courts administer, inventory, tax and distribute a person’s assets, which is usually expensive and time consuming. Many… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning, Probate

Don’t Wait – Draft a Will

Simple and straightforward estate planning can offer enormous, invaluable protections. Where does one begin? Answer – with the basic estate planning tool that I believe everyone should have—a Last Will and Testament, more commonly called just a… Read More
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Basic But Essential Michigan Estate Planning

Nearly everyone over age 18 should consider executing (at least) three basic estate planning documents: will, durable power of attorney for finances, and durable power of attorney for health care. The older and more complicated your life gets (e.g… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning

Medical Marijuana and Michigan Criminal Sentencing

Are you a medical marijuana patient facing Michigan criminal charges for a non-drug related crime? If so, and you are convicted (by plea or other determination), you can face severe penalties related to your sentencing conditions. Michigan Criminal… Read More
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Effect on Children of Ongoing Disagreements Between Divorced Parents

Conflict in families is a normal part of life. It is how we learn to deal with conflict outside of our small circle—out in the big world. But conflict in divorcing or divorced families can be more than anyone can or wants to deal with. The good new… Read More
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The Role and Responsibilities of New Partners or Stepparents

Being a stepparent is probably one of the most difficult roles an adult ever assumes. Going in with few expectations, a lot of flexibility and a commitment to make little to no impact is a good rule of thumb. Almost without fail problems arise when a… Read More
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Mediation and the Best Interests of the Child

In Michigan the law presumes it is in the child’s best interests to have a strong relationship with both parents. What does that mean? The language seems firm and clear, likely to lead to good decisions and outcomes. Despite this firm language the… Read More
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Botched Parenting Coordination and Mediation

I recently learned an acquaintance of mine, let’s call her “Sally,” made the mistake of starting parenting coordination/mediation with a social worker who held herself out as an expert in the area of parenting disputes but was certainly not. Th… Read More
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