2017Feb 21
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Probate: A definition, as well as truths and misconceptions

What is probate? Probate is the legal process by which ownership of a deceased individual’s property is transferred to someone entitled to receive it. It includes a procedure to determine and settle the debts and liabilities of the decedent. When is it needed? Probate is required for property and assets owned by the deceased in his or her…

2016Sep 07
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Even with joint legal custody, your rights can be terminated

In a stepparent adoption, a non-custodial parent’s rights can be terminated without his or her consent starting September 5, 2016. This is the case even though he or she has joint legal custody of the child. Currently, under MCL 710.51(6), if the “parents of a child are divorced, or are unmarried but the father has acknowledged paternity or is a…

2016Aug 05
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I WANT TO SUE FOR COURT ORDERED TIME WITH GRANDCHILD

Grandparents often contact me wanting a court order for grandparenting time. To the surprise of numerous grandparents, their legal rights are quite restrictive and rather difficult to obtain under Michigan law. MCL 722.27b limits the circumstances under which a grandparent is eligible for court-ordered grandparenting time to the following: 1. If there is a pending…

2016Jul 21
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DIGITAL ASSETS AND HANDLING THEM IN YOUR ESTATE PLAN

As our personal, business and social lives become reliant on technology, the number of a person’s digital assets has multiplied. Digital assets may include: Social network accounts (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.) Financial accounts (bank and investment accounts, PayPal, Amazon, WePay, etc.) Cloud storage accounts (Dropbox, Apple iCloud, Microsoft OneDrive, etc.) Digital photograph accounts (Shutterfly, Flickr,…