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QDRO Specialist A Necessity in Divorce Judgments

When a couple divorces with retirement assets, a special order is needed to divide those assets known as a Qualified Domestic Relations Order or QDRO.  Every employer’s plan is different and has distinct and specific requirements for the QDRO. These specifics have given rise to the cottage industry of the QDRO speacialist: a lawyer that […]

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Medical Marijuana Parent Not Disqualified for Custody

Like with the use of any other prescription medications, a parent who uses medical marijuana is not disqualified from custody in a family court according to the Michigan Attorney General.  If the pot-medicating  parent, however, exhibits behavior that is unreasonably dangerous to a minor child, the immunity provided by the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act [MMMA] […]

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SCOTUS Upholds Warrant Requirement for Blood-Draws

In January 9, the US Supreme Court was presented with a straightforward question:   can a law enforcement officer legally obtain a non-consensual and warrantless blood sample from a drunk driver under the exigent circumstances exception to the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement based upon the natural dissipation of alcohol in the bloodstream? The simple answer – […]

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Sex Change Does Not Invalidate Divorce

Of course, this case comes to us from Ann Arbor.  Last month, the Court of Appeals decided a divorce case involving gender reassignment in a published decision. In the case of In re Estate of Burnett, a couple had been married when Husband underwent gender reassignment surgery and became a woman in 2003.  His Wife, […]

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Google Rolls-Out Social Media & Digital Estate Plan

Truly, Google is everywhere.  Now, the Big Data company is looking to get into your [digital] estate plan; and with some good reason. Right around tax-time last month, Google rolled out its “digital afterlife” feature -technically and officially known as the inactive account manager.  This tool allows Google users to provide Google with specific instructions […]

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Heirs-at-Law Discovered via Facebook

Recently at our law firm, we have had a few cases where personal representatives and other fiduciaries have located heirs-at-law through Facebook.  In some of these cases, nothing was known about the heirs and resources were about to be expended with an expert skip-tracer. Alert family members were tipped off and/or obtained information through their […]

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