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I got served with divorce papers…Now What?

I got served with divorce papers…Now What?

Divorce is a stressful time, especially if you aren’t prepared for it and can become worse if you don’t prepare properly. There are several steps you should take after being served with divorce papers, both to protect yourself and make the process as smooth as possible. Seek out Legal Counsel While getting an attorney may Read More

How to tell your children you are getting a divorce

Every family is different, as is every child, so there is no ‘right way’ to talk to your children about your divorce. However, here are a few suggestions and things to keep in mind when approaching the subject: Keep it Simple and Age Appropriate Children don’t need to know all the details, especially the first Read More

Planning for Your Digital Estate Plan

Do you ever wonder what would happen to your digital assets when you die? Who will be able to pay your electronic bills, shut off automatic debits to your checking account, or tell your Facebook friends that you are gone? Who would have access to get into your email account? The more we are digitally Read More

March reaches its highest peak as the “Divorce Month.”

January is the number one month for divorce, however; divorce rates peak in March. People are more likely to wait to file divorce after the winter months, for many reasons: the holiday season, family, and tax preparation season is coming to an end. Then there comes the “broken promise” hypothesis. “People are discontent with their Read More

7 Estate Planning Resolutions to Make Now

Given the uncertainty surrounding estate planning legislation, not to mention the fact that the busy holiday season is now upon us, we may be reluctant to focus on our estate planning goals. Now is the perfect time to ensure that your estate plans are in shape for whatever the future holds—and here are seven estate Read More

Anatomy of a lawsuit

A lawsuit starts when someone has a legal issue that can only be resolved through court intervention. A client hires an attorney and works with that attorney to gather facts so they can formulate legal arguments and draft a complaint. The complaint is filed with the district or county clerk, or in federal courts if Read More

Americans face post-foreclosure hell as wages garnished, assets seized

If you or someone you know is in this situation it is important to immediately seek an attorney to understand your rights. You have defenses such as the house was sold for less than fair market value. More importantly, even if you have no defenses, then you can work out a settlement plan to stop Read More

How do I open a probate estate? Miniseries part 3/3

In the last part of our miniseries on opening a probate estate, we will discuss the basics of opening an estate using a “formal” procedure and will include a brief discussion of what supervised estates are. Formal Procedure for Opening an Estate When used in probate court jargon, “Formal” is a bit of a misnomer Read More

Understanding Probate: Is my will a public document?

Is my will a public document? The answer to this question is “yes” and “no”. For guidance we will look to MCL 700.2515: Deposit of will with court in testator’s lifetime. First, one is not required to deposit a will with a court. One might keep their will in a safe deposit box, with an Read More

How do I open a Probate estate? Miniseries part 2/3

Miniseries part 1/3 discussed the basics of testate and intestate estates and some of the basics of unsupervised estates. In summary, if one dies without a valid will, trust or other instrument then one dies “Intestate” in the eyes of the law. Intestate comes from the Latin word “intestato” derived from ancient Roman law meaning Read More

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