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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...

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)...

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