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“Bankruptcy & Divorce – Part II”

  BANKRUPTCY & DIVORCE - PART II In my prior post, I discussed the ability of a married couple to make a joint bankruptcy filing, as long as they were still married as of the filing date.  I also discussed some of the considerations that should be...

“Bankruptcy & Divorce – Part I”

  BANKRUPTCY & DIVORCE  - PART I One of the principal causes of divorce is disputes over money and financial matters.  Unfortunately, these problems are usually exacerbated when a Complaint for Divorce is filed, as  in most cases, one of the...

MIChildSupport Website

The Kent County Friend of the Court reports that MiChildSupport is a website that parents can use to access information about their child support case, to apply for child support services, to pay their child support and to calculate child support amounts...

What Happens If I Die Without A Will?

According to recent statistics, over 60% of adult Americans will die without having executed a Will.  (Probably the most famous was Abraham Lincoln, and he was a lawyer!).  Many people ask me: “What happens if I die and don’t have a Will”? This...

An Urban Myth About a Child Selecting a Home

Myth:  At a particular age, some say twelve years old, a child in a custody dispute gets to decide for themselves where and with whom they want to live. Truth: Under current Michigan law, children are not allowed to choose where or with whom...

Will vs Trust

Quite often I am asked by clients:   What is the difference between a Will and a Trust?  They also inquire as to the advantages and disadvantages of each.  Below are some of my responses. SIMILARITIES: As a start, let’s take a look at how they are similar.   Both a...

Homestead Property Tax Relief for Disabled Veterans

On November 13, 2013, that State of Michigan enacted certain statutory provisions that eliminated real property taxes on property used as a homestead for disabled American veterans, who had received an honorable discharge.  In order to obtain such exemption, an...

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