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Free Child Support Calculator

The Department of Health and Human Services provides a free Child Support Calculator on the Web at the following link: http://micase.state.mi.us/calculatorapp/public/welcome/load.html This calculator is available to anyone to access and plug numbers in the numerous...

Domestic Asset Protection Trusts

One question I get asked fairly often is: “Can I put my assets in a trust and shelter them from my creditors”?   Until recently, my response has been “probably not” unless you want to put them in an “off-shore” entity or place them in trust in another state (such as...

Bye-Bye Dower

Several months ago I wrote about dower rights in Michigan.  At that time, I pointed  out that Michigan remained  one of the few, if not  only, state in the country to retain, for married women alone, what are called “dower” rights.  Dower is defined as the wife’s...

Legal Expense in a Divorce Can Be Tax Deductible

The issue of the possibility of deductibility of a portion of legal expenses incurred in a divorce is frequently overlooked. In nearly every matter clients pay their attorneys to provide tax advice related to the possibility of settling or if necessary trying a case....

Power of Attorney for Care of a Child

A client recently asked if she could place her child in someone’s care for several months while she worked on a mission without seeking Guardianship or some other form of Court protection for the child in case of an emergency. Michigan law does provide a method for...

Divorce Planning

A frequently asked question when contemplating divorce is: “What kinds of things should I be doing if I am planning to file a divorce?”   Our advice would include considering the following and more: It is always wise to obtain marriage counseling whether it is from a...

Do I Really Have to Sign My Will?

The primary purpose of a Will is to indicate the disposition you would like to make of your property at the time of your death.  In order to make sure your wishes are carried out, the Will must be filed with the County Probate Court and “probated.”  In probate, the...

Legal Separation

Clients frequently contact our offices seeking assistance in obtaining a “Legal Separation”. This is not a simple question because there is really no such terminology in the legal system in Michigan.  If a couple wishes to be separated by the law there are several...

Budget / Living Expenses

A question your Divorce Attorney is likely to ask (as well as a Judge) is how much money do you need? This brings the concept of budgeting that we all wish to ignore to the front. To assist you in formulating a budget we would start with something like the following...

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