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Law Partners Serve as Professional Fiduciaries

Our firm, Karkstrom Cooney, LLP., has two partners that serve as professional fiduciaries. A professional fiduciary combines his or her legal knowledge of probate law with a common sense approach to conflict resolution. Kathryn Caruso is a trustee on several large trusts. She brings her experience to bear in the management of various funds, and […]

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Forefiture of Inheritance to Include Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

Until recently, the probate code, known as EPIC, had a forefiture provision which provided that any beneficiary under a will that killed the grantor, was automatically disinherited. The Michigan Legislature, however, is seeking to expand probate forefiture to include “domestic violence” and “child abuse“. The desired effect of the new provisions is to deter abusive […]

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Identity Theft Concerns in Family Court Orders

The Michigan House of Representatives introduced a trio of bills which will require judgments of divorce, orders of filiation (between non-married parents) and child support orders to omit a parent’s personal information. It should be noted, however, that a parent’s name and address are deemed outside the scope of the phrase “personal identifying information”, as […]

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Casino Winnings & Lawsuit Proceeds to be Attached for Child Support Arrears

The Michigan Senate is expected to pass a pair of bills designed to utilize proceeds derived from lawsuits and casino winnings, to satisfy past-due child support. The new law will require the recipient to provide notice of the expected windfall to the custodial parent. In the context of lawsuit proceeds, the payor’s family court lawyer, […]

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