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Dower Rights in Real Property

By definition, a dower is the portion of a deceased husband's real property allowed to his widow for her lifetime. Traditionally, dower rights were a way by which a husband or his family could support a wife and children in the event that she should become a widow. Today, most states in the United States [...]

By | 2016-02-09T00:11:53+00:00 February 9th, 2016|Family Law, Real Estate|Comments Off on Dower Rights in Real Property

Debts after Death

Am I responsible to pay debts of my deceased loved one? It depends. If the debt is SOLELY in the name of the deceased person, you are not individually responsible, as a loved one of the deceased. Often times, creditors such as hospitals or credit card companies can be aggressive in their collection methods, making [...]

By | 2016-01-09T01:46:08+00:00 January 9th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Debts after Death

Keeping your Record Clean

More young people now have a chance to correct past mistakes and keep criminal records clean. The Holmes Youthful Trainee Act or HYTA (MCL 762.11 et seq.) was enacted with the thought and understanding that we are all human and sometimes make mistakes. Those mistakes can be corrected if a criminal defendant is eligible for [...]

By | 2015-11-03T01:05:33+00:00 November 3rd, 2015|Criminal Law|Comments Off on Keeping your Record Clean

Parental Responsibility

“Every child has the right to a parent-child relationship with both parents” If the mother is married, either when she becomes pregnant or the child is born, her husband is considered to be the father (unless a court has determined otherwise). But what if the mother is not married? If the mother is not married, [...]

By | 2015-10-07T09:08:08+00:00 October 7th, 2015|Family Law|Comments Off on Parental Responsibility

Employment Law

“Have you ever been convicted of a crime, either a misdemeanor or felony?” If yes, describe in detail “Do you currently have any pending charges against you?” If yes, describe in detail. We have all seen these questions on job applications. For some people, the answer is a simple “NO” or “N/A “and it’s on [...]

By | 2015-09-10T12:03:08+00:00 September 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Employment Law

Sexting

Protecting Our Children- “Sexting” In today’s world, most people don’t leave home without their mobile devices. While it is convenient to have immediate access to so much information, it can come with damaging costs and severe penalties. Therefore, it is especially important to teach our children about the negative consequences associated with social media. Here [...]

By | 2015-09-10T11:59:59+00:00 September 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Sexting

Friends don’t let friends

Do you plan on serving alcoholic beverages the next time you host a social gathering at your home? If the answer is yes, you should learn about the law regarding “social host liability”. Social host liability is a legal theory used to describe the responsibility of an individual who provides alcohol to guests. While several [...]

By | 2015-08-20T13:12:36+00:00 August 20th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Friends don’t let friends

Expunging (Setting Aside) a Conviction from your Criminal Record in Michigan

Due to the rapid growth of employers, landlords, and banks conducting background checks on perspective new hires, renters, and loan applicants, expunging, or setting aside, a criminal conviction from your public record might be a process you want to consider. While the Michigan laws (see MCL Section 780.621) for expunging a criminal conviction are detailed [...]

By | 2015-08-05T09:05:32+00:00 August 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Expunging (Setting Aside) a Conviction from your Criminal Record in Michigan

Tobacco and Smoking

Tobacco One simple law: It is illegal to purchase or use tobacco products if you are under 18 years old! Michigan’s Smoke Free Law What: A law prohibiting smoking in the state of Michigan. When: Effective as of May 1, 2010 Where: Required to comply with smoke free laws: Work areas/places of employment Food service [...]

By | 2015-08-05T09:00:43+00:00 August 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Tobacco and Smoking

Teen Drivers

Teen Driver’s and Parents *Credit to Michigan SOS Website for Information   If you are under 18 years, here is how the Michigan Graduated Driver’s License System works: Important Driving Information:   Kelsey’s Law: Mobile phones banned for Level 1 and Level 2 Driver’s Under state law, you are prohibited from initiating a call, answering [...]

By | 2015-08-04T05:58:09+00:00 August 4th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Teen Drivers