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Give Me Some RESPECT (Is Your Estate Plan In Order?)

Give Me Some RESPECT (Is Your Estate Plan In Order ?)             Well, it has happened again. A couple of years ago I wrote on the lack of a Will, and its consequences, after the sudden death of iconic pop star Prince. With the recent passing of the Queen of Soul,...

“Cellphone Wills – Is This a Good Idea?”

CELLPHONE WILLS – IS THIS A GOOD IDEA?             You may have recently read or heard about the decision of the Michigan Court of Appeals issued in mid-July, 2018. It held that a “Final Note” which was found on the decedent’s cellphone did, indeed, constitute a valid...

“Free Mediation at Kent County Friend of the Court”

Free Mediation at Kent County Friend of the Court The Kent County Friend of the Court is now available for walk in Mediation on certain issues. This program is outlined in the attached notice provided by the Kent County Friend of the Court. FOC Walk-In Mediation The...

“What Not to do during the Divorce Process”

“WHAT NOT TO DO DURING THE DIVORCE PROCESS” In a previous recent Blog, we discussed some of the issues surrounding the sale of the marital residence, refinancing, and that the spouse not receiving the home somehow being able to purchase another home in spite of the...

“Removing the Ex-Spouse from the Mortgage”

“REMOVING THE EX-SPOUSE FROM THE MORTGAGE” A very common problem in concluding a divorce matter is following up on an agreement where one spouse is to “buy out” the other spouse’s interest in the former marital residence. If an agreement as to the amount of payment...

“Bankruptcy, Death, and Probate”

BANKRUPTCY, DEATH, AND PROBATE In a Chapter 7 (liquidating) bankruptcy proceeding, it is often said the creditors are fighting over a corpse. On occasion, however, a person will be in the midst of a bankruptcy proceeding and suddenly pass away. The question then...

“Divorce and Estate Planning”

DIVORCE and ESTATE PLANNING Quite often I am asked by individuals who have recently gone through a divorce: “Do I have to do anything about my estate plan now that I am no longer married?” The answer often depends upon whether they have a Will or Trust Agreement...

“Driver’s License Appeals to the Circuit Court”

DRIVER'S LICENSE APPEALS TO THE CIRCUIT COURT So, you have gone through an administrative hearing before an Administrative Law Judge with the Drivers Assessment Appeal Division of the Michigan Secretary of State in an attempt to get your driving privileges restored,...

“Shades of Gray – Part Two”

“Shades of Gray” Part Two In a previous blog we wrote about the increase in divorce proceedings among older couples in their 50s and 60s and approaching retirement. We discussed several reasons for that, and here we explore some of the unique issues facing a couple...

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