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What estate administration costs are tax deductible?

The period between the end of January and the second week of April is widely known as “tax season.” Most people anticipate receiving a refund after filing their federal income tax returns. However, there are a number of scenarios that may bring...

Estate planning is important for childless couples

There is a great deal of information available on the internet concerning the issues that parents may face that require a solid estate plan. The volume of storylines addressing estate planning for young parents may seem to suggest that married...

Practical ways to reduce estate taxes

If you have been paying attention to recent headlines regarding tax law, you likely have heard that tax season has officially begun. This means that the Internal Revenue Service is ready to start accepting federal income tax returns. In all, the...

Could I lose my job over a drunk driving arrest?

When potential clients ask us questions about criminal defense representation (particularly for drunk driving offenses) one of the most common is whether they will lose their job.  Naturally, this depends on a number of factors, including how much...

Basic responsibilities of an executor

The emotional toils of dealing with the death of a loved one can be considerably difficult. It is especially hard at this time of year, where life is supposed to be consumed with optimism for a New Year. Nevertheless, perseverance is paramount;...

College students and estate planning

With college semesters ending in Michigan, it may not be so easy to get college students to think responsibly, especially in the throes finishing finals and having opportunities to let off steam. However, parents should do their best to teach their...

How to approach parents about estate planning

The approaching holidays may bring about fond memories for some people. They also represent a chance for people to reconnect with family members who have aged another year, especially parents. For those with older or elderly parents, the topic of...

Guardianship laws in the U.S.

Any person named in a will or chosen by the court of law to make important decisions for another person is called a guardian. The person who the guardian is responsible for is known as the 'ward' and cannot make certain decisions. Guardians might...

Court affirmed termination of father's parental rights.

Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed that termination of father's parental rights was in the child' best interests.The caseworker testified that the father never met the child because he was continually incarcerated during the child's entire life....

Michigan's laws and penalties relating to drunk driving

People who live and drive in Plymouth, Michigan should learn the state's laws and penalties for drunk driving offenses and related charges. People who live and drive in Plymouth, Michigan know that the state takes any charge of drunk driving very...

Understanding how the Miranda warning works

Michigan residents who have seen television police shows or movies involving law enforcement have no doubt watched many dramatic scenes with officers quoting something to the effect of, "You have the right to remain silent..." This phrase is a part...

Four ways to be ready with long-term healthcare plans

The older we get, the faster time seems to go. Often people are too busy with the needs of today to think about planning for the future. By the time you retire or need extensive medical care, you may be ineligible for long-term health insurance...

The court held that the plaintiff created a triable question of fact that the defendant complex management company violated its statutory covenant that the common area where plaintiff slipped and fell on ice was "fit for the use intended by the parti

Thus, it affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded. Plaintiff sued defendant for injuries she sustained when she slipped and fell on ice in a common area of the apartment complex where she resided. The trial court summarily dismissed her...

The court held that the trial court properly terminated the respondent-adoptive grandmother's parental rights to the child where at least one statutory ground for termination existed and it was in the child's best interests.

The trial court terminated respondent's parental rights on the basis that she exposed the child to harm, including allowing improper contact with adult guests, including the child's biological mother, who had previously violently abused the child,...

Three reasons to put a power of attorney in place

While no one wants to think of the unfortunate possibility of being incapacitated or of a time when we can't handle our own affairs, this circumstance is a real possibility. If something happens and this becomes a reality, having someone designated...

Holding that the plaintiff complied with the notice requirements of MCL 691.1404(1) , the court reversed the trial court's order granting the defendants summary disposition on the basis of governmental immunity, and remanded.

Plaintiff alleged that she was injured "when she fell over the sheer edge of an excavated hole created by defendants." The trial court found that her failure to personally sign the notice letter was a "fatal defect." On appeal, the court concluded...

Why you should face your fears in custody disputes

Whether you a father seeking more parenting time and decision-making power in  your child’s life, or you are a mother who is fearful of losing a child, custody battles bring out the worst fears (and sometimes, simply the worst) in...

The court held that the trial court did not err in its distribution of the marital property, its spousal support order, or its decision to impute income to the plaintiff to calculate the amount of child support the defendant was required to pay.

The parties divorced and the trial court handled the distribution of property as well as spousal and child support. On appeal, the court rejected plaintiff's argument that the trial court's distribution of the marital property was not equitable....

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