2018Apr 02
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Please let me out of the lease agreement

There are times when an elderly person has to move out of an apartment because of poor health. This can be extremely stressful to them and their family. If money is owed to a landlord, family members are often concerned about it. Depending on the terms of the lease, it would be difficult to break…

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…

2015Oct 29
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GUARDIANSHIP OR ADOPTION? Initial Points to Consider

People occasionally call our office when they are thinking about taking someone else’s child into their home, and ask whether they should seek guardianship or be looking to adopt the child. Following is a list of some things to consider at the outset, in making the decision. First and most fundamental, do the parties involved…