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…

2016Feb 15
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SUPREME COURT JUSTICE ANTONIN SCALIA DIES AT 79

At 79 years old, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away, having served on the Court for 29 years. Justice Scalia’s parents, a Sicilian immigrant and a first-generation Italian, were teachers.  A graduate of Harvard Law School, Justice Scalia was the first Sicilian/Italian-American to be confirmed as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Justice Scalia was…

2015Nov 16
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LOCK OUT = LOSE OUT

MCL 600.2918, in the context of landlord-tenant relationship is commonly known as the anti-lockout statute.  Landlords who violate the statute may find themselves reaching into their own pockets to compensate tenants three (3) times their actual damages or $200.00, whichever is greater for each occurrence.  The law is unsettled as to how the term “occurrence”…

2015Jul 31
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Unhappy in Your Marriage??? Uncertain what to do?? Here are Five Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions Potential Clients Ask Me During Our Initial Consultation

Can I start with a legal separation? ANSWER:     While there is no quick and easy “legal separation” in the State of Michigan, one option is an Action for Separate Maintenance. This proceeding is substantially similar to a divorce, but at the conclusion of the case, the parties receive a Judgment of Separate Maintenance instead of…

2015Jun 17
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RECOVERING YOUR REAL ESTATE SOLD ON A LAND CONTRACT DUE TO NON-PAYMENT MAY NOT BE AS QUICK OR EASY AS YOU THINK

One process available to recover real estate sold on a land contract for non-payment is through an Action for Land Contract Forfeiture.  Unfortunately, many property owners are unaware of the extent of the process to recover their real estate at the time they enter into the land contract. While there are two (2) methods available,…