5 Common Myths and Misconceptions About Estate Planning

Estate planning is one of the most misunderstood areas of finance and law. There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding estate planning, which have caused many people to either do it incorrectly, or fail to do it at all. This can cause a lot of problems for you in many situations in life, and even cause more difficulties for your loved ones when you pass away. Debunking some of the most common myths and Read More

Understanding Michigan Probation

Probation is a sentence that a court gives to a defendant  rather than having them go to jail. It can be given either before any jail time is served, as a condition of getting out of jail early, or as a regularly scheduled part of the overall punishment after the jail time has been served. While on probation, you must live in an approved home, shelter, halfway house, or other location. If you want to move to a new Read More

5 Things to Consider When Developing a Visitation Plan

Divorce is hard for all parties involved, but particularly so for children of the marriage. So, when parents are separating and trying to work out visitation plans for the children to still be able to have access to both parents, there are a few factors that should be taken into account to make the transition easier for the children. 1) Consider school or summer schedules. The school calendar is not flexible, Read More

Michigan Retail Fraud: Here’s What You Need to Know

The five-finger discount is probably as old as retail stores, but in Michigan, it is no laughing matter. Retail fraud - shoplifting - is considered a very serious crime with serious consequence. If you have been charged with retail fraud, no matter the degree, you should treat it as a serious matter and seek competent defense counsel as soon as possible.   First, it’s helpful to know how the law defines retail Read More

Don’t Fall for the Myths and Misconceptions Surrounding Michigan Alimony

If you are getting divorced, you may assume that you will automatically receive or be paying alimony, commonly referred to as spousal support in Michigan. ​​Not quite. Alimony is enshrouded in several myths and misconceptions. This article takes a close look at some of the most common fallacies and the actual facts behind each one. When you understand how the rules of alimony do and do not work, you can prepare Read More

DUI Fallout: 6 Major Ways a Conviction Can Impact Your Life

Imagine this scenario. You’re driving home after having too much fun at your friend’s New Year’s Eve party and the police pull you over. It happens to everyone, right? It’s no big deal, right? Wrong. A Michigan DUI conviction can have serious consequences that affect the rest of your life. You weren’t merely issued a traffic ticket. You broke the law in a way that will remain on your record permanently and be Read More

Understanding the Difference Between Assault and Battery

Unlike some states, Michigan courts define the crimes of assault and battery in context-specific ways. In other words, the offense you are charged with depends on your intent at the time you committed it as well as the actual outcome. Assault An altercation becomes an assault when you attempt to injure someone else by striking them with your hand or an object. Even if the attempt doesn’t succeed, it is still Read More

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