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More spent on aging parents than on raising children

Much has been reported on the escalating costs parents face in raising a child. From birth to age 18, it is estimated that parents spend an average of $234,000 to raise a child. But when it comes to caring for an elderly parent, the costs are...

Trial court enters divorce default judgment.

Plaintiff filed divorce action after a nearly 20-year marriage. Although defendant apparently participated in various pretrial conferences and discussed the terms of the divorce judgment, he did not answer the complaint, a default was entered, and...

Prescriptive easement or an easement by necessity?

In 2014, plaintiff purchased a parcel of land ("Parcel C") at a sheriff's sale. Previous owner was the sole owner of the property from 1988 until he lost the property to foreclosure for non-payment of taxes. There is a building on the site, which...

More Americans creating pet trusts

If you haven’t noticed by the commercials and networks devoted to them, America has definitely become a pet nation. It is estimated that two-thirds of all American households own a cat or a dog.  With some pets being considered cherished family...

Using an incentive trust in estate planning

People work hard to build up their estate during their lives and when they pass they may desire to hand down their estate to their friends and family. Leaving property to a loved one in an estate plan can be troubling for some parents who have...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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....

Concluding that the trial court clearly erred in finding that a latent ambiguity existed in the deed and in reforming the deed, the court reversed the order granting the intervenor's petition to reform the deed & remanded for entry of summary disposi

A residence was conveyed to the decedent, Lyle F. Steiner, and the intervenor, Steven M. Steiner (Lyle's son). Years later, when Lyle passed away, Steven was appointed PR of Lyle's estate. "DHHS filed a claim against the estate for unpaid Medicaid...

What to consider if you inherit someone's home

If you have elderly relatives who still live in their homes, they probably rely on you for a number of things; whether it is to help them to doctor’s appointments or to ensure that they don’t sign off on dubious documents. For as much help as...

Applying the Dairyland/Workman factors, the court held that there was no genuine issue of material fact that the plaintiff was not domiciled with the defendant's insured (plaintiff's mother) at the time of the accident.

At age 22, Plaintiff moved to Florida with her boyfriend in 6/12. "During her testimony, plaintiff repeatedly referenced 'moving' to Florida and 'visiting' in Michigan." She signed a lease for a duplex in Florida "and lived there with her boyfriend...

Holding that the uneven pavement on which the plaintiff tripped and fell was open and obvious as a matter of law, the court affirmed the trial court's order granting the defendant summary disposition in this premises liability action.

Plaintiff fell when exiting defendant's store, tripping on "what she described as 'uneven' pavement." The court noted that she made no effort "to identify any unique circumstances that would render such an open and obvious condition unreasonably...

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