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Appointed Receiver Can Prevent Mischief in Divorces

Almost everyone who deals with divorce has a horror story about how a party dissipated the marital estate, destroyed property, or repeatedly violated court orders. There is a solution for that: a court can appoint a receiver. At that point, a party i… Read More
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Changing Your Name

In Michigan, there are two ways to change your name. One way is to just change it. You can start using another name any time you want when you apply for a job or buy something for example. That is because Michigan still has “common law” with rega… Read More
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Deciding on Parenting Time Plans

In every case involving minor children, the court must enter an order or judgment for parenting time and custody. Many times, the parents themselves are able to reach an agreement, perhaps through mediation. That is the ideal. If the parents cannot a… Read More
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Documenting Your Ex-Spouse’s Bad Acts

It’s tempting to “document” all of your contact with your ex-spouse, especially if there are minor children involved. You never know when you’ll be back in court or when the court will decide to hold an evidentiary hearing. As you probably al… Read More
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Farming Cannot Take Place in a Residential Neighborhood

The media is full of stories about “urban farming,” which usually refers to the conversion of blighted or vacant inner-city property to tree farms and crop farming. In Township of Williamston v Hudson, and family took that concept to extremes. In… Read More
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Fighting CPS and the Court to Get Your Children Back

Michigan has a Juvenile Code that covers proceedings to terminate parental rights based on abuse or neglect. When there is a complaint to CPS about abuse or neglect, CPS has the obligation to “investigate” the claim and substantiate it if there i… Read More
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Financial Reality for Divorcees

There is a distinct difference between representing a man in a divorce and a woman in a divorce. Most men will say, “Whatever happens, don’t let her get my retirement.” Women say: “Whatever happens, I want the house.” While people are free… Read More
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Michigan Supreme Court Justice Weighs in on Judge Easthope's Continuing Tenure

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert Young has now weighed in on District Court Judge Christopher Easthope. After Judge Easthope’s problems were reported on mlive.com, many Ann Arbor citizens called for the judge’s immediate removal. The chief j… Read More
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Loan Modifications and Minefields

So…you have a high-interest mortgage or an adjustable rate mortgage, and you notice that there are better deals out there. In fact, after the real estate crisis in 2007-08, the federal government encouraged lenders to offer “loan modifications,… Read More
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Not Every Deed to Real Estate Is the Same…

People buy and sell personal property all the time on Ebay, Craig’s List, and other places where property is regularly listed for sale. In the law, there are a few different “types” of property. One type of property is real property, commonly k… Read More
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