September 2018 Archives

Estate planning after death

Much has been said and written of late regarding Aretha Franklin and the fact that she died without a will. While estate planning is the better way to go to ensure that one's final wishes are carried out, failure to do so is not necessarily the end of the world. Certain protections exist in Michigan such as recognition of oral trusts.

Divorce and post-divorce parenting

The decision to end a marriage when there are children involved is never easy nor is it often entered into lightly. While it may have a negative impact on a child's life in Michigan, it is not always best to remain together for the sake of one's children. This may seem to be a conundrum, but it can be resolved by successful post-divorce parenting.

A child's birthday party becomes a criminal law case

The opioid crisis continues to plague Michigan and our nation and is permeating small, quiet communities everywhere. One of those communities is Utica, a small city north of Detroit. A child's birthday party was disrupted and went from a peaceful family gathering to a nightmare. It left a young man in need of someone experienced in handling serious criminal law cases.

Co-parenting is the most likely custody decision in MI divorces

For many couples, divorce can quickly become a contentious battle, with each spouse doing anything in their power to "win." This approach may help either spouse feel vindicated about the end of the marriage, but it can do more harm than good when it comes to minor children from the marriage. Ideally, you and your spouse will work together to shield your children from the emotional fallout that often results from divorce.

Hotels are making an impact in Traverse City real estate

The hotel industry in the Traverse City area is experiencing a fair amount of activity. Properties for sale have been sold, and there are additional projects in the proposal phase. This points to increased growth and opportunity in the local hotel and corporate real estate industry in Michigan.