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Tax Exemptions and Child Support

A client recently asked if he could claim the tax exemptions for the children since he was current on his child support. The answer to this question is generally no, but court orders will frequently allow payers of support to claim the children (or some of them) as...

Physical Custody & Legal Custody

In Michigan, the court has jurisdiction over the custody of minor children in any dispute regarding that issue.  There are two types of custody under Michigan law, one is generally understood and labelled “Physical Custody”, the other “Legal Custody.”  Physical...

What is Dower (Or Why Does My Wife Have to Sign the Deed?)

Michigan remains one of the few states in the country to retain, for married women, what are called “dower” rights.  Dower is defined as the wife’s right, under common law, upon her husband’s death, to a life estate in one-third (1/3) of the land her husband owned in...

Tax Uncapping: What is it and Why You Should Care

Let’s start with a little history.  Back in 1994, as part of general tax reform, the voters of the State of Michigan enacted various legislation (called Proposal A), that amended the state constitution to increase the state sales tax and reduced (for the time being)...

Digital Assets: When You Are Gone Are They Gone Too?

Most people today have some type of digital or on-line account where they store a variety of information including photos, bank, brokerage and related financial accounts, Pay Pal accounts, and the like. For security reasons, this information is usually password...

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