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Custody and parenting time in COVID-19 Coronavirus

Divorced parents who co-parent have wondered how parenting time issues will be effected with the Michigan State lockdown and the shut down of schools and other child care facilities, in addition to non essential businesses. Hopefully the impact will be minimal at best. In doing so, please keep these tips in mind when co parenting Read More

Division of Assets in Michigan Divorce Cases

There are two types of property in a marriage: marital and separate property. Marital property is all property acquired during the marriage, even if one’s name is not on the title. Separate property is anything that was owned by a spouse prior to the marriage, gifted or inherited during the marriage. Marital Property in Michigan Read More

Process for Divorce With Minor Children

Process for Divorce with Minor Children The process of filing for divorce begins when the Summons, Complaint for Divorce, Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act Affidavit, a Verified Statement, and in some cases an Application for Child Support Services have been completed, signed and notarized. Next, the forms will be filed with the Circuit Court 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

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

Appoint a Guardian for your Child

Do you have minor children? Do you have legal documents that plan for your children if something happens to you and your spouse? You can use the attached form if you do not have any estate planning documents and would like to appoint a guardian for your minor children if you have not done so Read More

How do I open a probate estate? Miniseries part 1/3

In the previous four parts of this series, we discussed the basic differences between having a will and not having a will. In this discussion, we will see how the end result takes shape in the form of opening a probate estate in a three part mini series on the matter. There are two forms Read More

I have a will so now what?

You either went to an attorney or legalzoom.com, perhaps even Suzie Orman, and you purchased and executed a will. So what does that mean? Assuming the will was properly executed and is a valid and enforceable instrument, then let’s consider the following effects of having a will after your death. The Effects of a Will Read More

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