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“Administering the Small Probate Estate – Part I”

ADMINISTERING THE SMALL PROBATE ESTATE – PART I In many cases, after a loved one has passed away, you find that there really are not a whole lot of assets to be dealt with, or “administered”.   This could be because the deceased simply was a person of little means;...

“Tax Exemption Questions”

TAX EXEMPTIONS QUESTIONS In my divorce I bargained to receive the tax exemptions which the Tax Reform Legislation of 2017 has cancelled.  What do I do now? The Tax Reform Legislation passing in 2017 is the most sweeping tax legislation to be enacted since 1986 and...

“Orthodontic Expenses in a Divorce”

Orthodontic Expenses in a Divorce When a parent hears that his or her child will need braces the first thought is likely to be: “How will I pay for this?” How shall we share the expense? In a Divorce situation the cost of braces should be shared according to the...

“Three Things Not To Do Before Filing Bankruptcy”

THREE THINGS NOT TO DO BEFORE FILING BANKRUPTCY Many times when I first meet with clients about a potential bankruptcy filing, I learn about various property transfers made and transactions they have recently engaged in.   While, in most cases, the transfers or...

“Bankruptcy Exemptions (Michigan) What Are They?

  BANKRUPTCY EXEMPTIONS  (MICHIGAN):  WHAT ARE THEY? In my prior Blog, I briefly described what bankruptcy exemptions are, how they are claimed, and then went into detail on the numerous, available, “federal” exemptions.  Since Michigan has not “opted out” of the...

“Bankruptcy Exemptions (Federal) What Are They?”

  BANKRUPTCY EXEMPTIONS (FEDERAL) WHAT ARE THEY? When an individual files for bankruptcy relief, they are principally interested in getting a discharge of most, if not all, of their debts.  (For more on the scope of the Bankruptcy Discharge, please check out my other...

“So, You Want to Get Your License Back”

  SO, YOU WANT TO GET YOUR LICENSE BACK? Over the years, a number of clients have come to me and the firm of Damon, Ver Merris, Boyko & Witte, PLC, requesting assistance in getting their operator’s (driver’s) license back.  In most cases the privilege to drive has...

“The Bankruptcy Process – Part II”

The Bankruptcy Process – Part II In my prior article, I walked through the initial steps in getting the required information, the need for an individual to take a pre-bankruptcy credit counseling course through an accredited credit counseling agency, and preparing the...

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