2016Apr 28
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WHO IS MAKING ‘YOUR’ FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS? NEW LAW GIVES YOU MORE CONTROL

A few days ago, the Michigan Legislature enacted, and the Governor signed into law, a way of designating a funeral representative for one’s funeral arrangements. One might ask why we need a law to have someone make our funeral decisions. Don’t we have families that celebrate our lives rather than fight over our deaths? The answer, in most…

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…

2016Jan 11
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REVOCABLE TRUSTS IN MEDICAID PLANNING

Non-attorneys often seem to have the idea that putting assets into “a trust” will shelter assets from being lost if they or their spouse, need to go into a nursing home on Medicaid. Generally, this is not the case.  However, it takes a bit of explanation to clarify why this is a wrong idea. Most…

2015Dec 09
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FLAG WITH ROBERT G. HEFT’S 50-STAR DESIGN TO BE SOLD

I was appointed as the Personal Representative for the Estate of Robert G. Heft by Judge Patrick J. McGraw, Saginaw County Probate Court, in 2009 after Heft, a former school teacher, died on December 12 of that year at age 68. Since my appointment as Personal Representative at that time, Zolton Law Offices has been in possession of the…

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”…

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…

2015Oct 16
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BOUNCED…BOUNCED…BOUNCED?

In the economics that we currently live in, many persons that write checks to small businesses know that business owners will never try to collect…it is simply not cost effective. However, under Michigan law, a small business owner may send the debtor on a check for insufficient funds (NSF) a demand letter with certain statutory…