Thinking About Divorce? Ask Yourself These 4 Questions First

Marriage can be difficult in ways you may not have anticipated when you first said ‘I do’. The situation is compounded by the reality that there is no universal formula for a happy relationship or roadmap we can use to successfully navigate through the difficult times. While some couples eventually move past periods of turmoil, others wonder whether or not divorce is the solution. It’s a question that only you can Read More

4 Common Myths About Prenuptial Agreements

Prenuptial agreements, also known as prenups, are becoming more common as couples of all ages and income levels continue to join in holy matrimony. According to a survey of divorce attorneys carried out by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in 2013, 63% of respondents said that they had witnessed an increase in the number of prenuptial agreements drawn up. The three most commonly covered areas were: Read More

What Exactly Qualifies as Self-Defense in Michigan?

Anyone charged with assault in Michigan has the option of pleading self-defense. MCL 750.951, which is the state self-defense statute, affirms your right to defend yourself or others when you have reason to fear imminent harm. Michigan’s Self-Defense Act is often referred to as a ‘Stand Your Ground’ law because, under certain circumstances, you have no legal obligation to retreat from an assailant before using Read More

6 Ways Your Concealed Pistol License Can Be Suspended

According to the Michigan State Police Concealed Pistol License (CPL) annual report for 2014-15, 1,630 CPL licenses were suspended for a wide range of reasons. The six most common grounds for suspension are explored below: in each instance, you will receive notification of the suspension at your last known address, as well as information about your right to have a timely hearing on the matter. You Are Charged Read More

A Brief Introduction to Michigan Personal Protection Orders

A Personal Protection Order (PPO) is a court order intended to stop someone from threatening you with violence or acting on those threats. If you have reason to believe that your safety or freedom are at risk, you can apply to a Michigan court for a PPO. Types of Michigan PPOs The state recognizes three categories of PPO intended to protect you from threats, stalking, harassment, and violence. Which one you Read More

Charged with a Gun Crime? 4 Things You Need to Do Immediately

In Michigan, gun charges can arise from a number of different contexts. They include but are not limited to: Carrying a concealed weapon Carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent Illegal discharge of a weapon Illegal possession of a firearm Felon in possession of a firearm Although most gun crimes are connected to other illegal activities such as armed robbery, assault, and murder, people Read More

Estate Planning 101: Where to Start with Your Will

Planning for the future of your estate is a smart move. When you leave everything until the last minute or, even worse, make no plan at all, the future of your estate will be compromised. Under Michigan state law your closest relatives will still get all property and assets, but there will be no control over who gets what. Who Can Make a Will in Michigan? Any adult over the age of eighteen with sufficient Read More

A Brief Introduction to Michigan Property Division

One of the most complicated aspects of divorce is the division of marital property. Michigan is an equitable distribution state, meaning that all qualifying property will be divided “equitably”, or fairly. It is important to remember that in this instance, “fairly” doesn’t necessarily mean “equally.” If the couple cannot come to an agreement regarding property division, the court is required to divide the marital Read More

Michigan Gun Law: A Step-by-Step Guide to Obtaining Your Concealed Pistol License

Both the Michigan State Constitution and the Second Amendment confirm and protect the rights of all citizens to own and bear arms. Michigan is a “shall issue” state, meaning that any person who meets certain criteria and requirements may obtain a concealed pistol license. State Requirements All concealed carry pistol license (CPL) applicants must be: 21 years of age or older Either an American citizen Read More

The Unexpected Benefits of Drafting a Prenuptial Agreement

When you decide to marry someone and share the rest of your life with that person, the thought of a prenuptial agreement sounds neither appealing nor romantic. That’s one reason why couples in love are hesitant to draw one up. Another is that society often equates ‘prenups’ with a high probability or even expectation of divorce. A third, equally prevalent assumption is that if you’re and/or your partner are not high Read More