Cannabis Expungement Laws and the Effects You Will Feel

The legalization of marijuana in Michigan started with the approval of medical cannabis in 2008 with the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. A decade later came the legalization of recreational use through the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA) with sales starting in December 2019.  The Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) the licensure changes for […]

Marijuana Expungement

Michigan has a statute that allows for the expungement of either a misdemeanor or a felony. The statute is MCL 780.621 and in a nutshell states that a person with not more than 2 minor offenses and one felony may apply to get their record expunged if they meet statutory criteria. A minor offense is […]

Veteran’s Pension Benefits

*The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a Veterans Pension program which provides monthly payments to eligible wartime Veterans who meet disability or age requirements, and who have income within certain limits. There is also a Veterans Pension benefit available to eligible surviving spouses. The other qualifications mandate that the Veteran served on active duty […]

Mistake of Fact?

A recent Michigan appellate case involving the Revocation of Paternity Act, MCL 722.1437, recently held that one of the statutory criteria must be met before an extension to revoke the affidavit of parentage is granted. In Kalin v Fleming Docket No 336724 for publication, the court held that the Plaintiff, mother, under MCL 722.1437 did […]

Ending Same Sex Relations

Marital and Single when Child custody & Parenting time is QuestionedOn June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States decided the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. This decision was 4 separate state cases combined to answer two questions. First: Are State laws limiting marriage to that between 1 man and 1 woman a […]

What debts will I still owe after my Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

In plain terms, Bankruptcy is the process to help individuals in financial crisis get back to sound footing by (getting rid) of debt without paying for it. It’s a safety net for individuals and families to be financially sound and have a chance to secure a sound financial future and eventual retirement. But, not all […]

You can get bankruptcy protection on some Income taxes and student loans.

Some Income Tax Debt MAY be dischargeable under Chapter 7 bankruptcy if you meet very specific criteria. The taxes must be for income. The Income Tax must have been due at least 3 years prior to filing for bankruptcy protection. The income tax return, even if filed late, must have been filed at least 2 […]

Uncontested Versus Contested Divorce

Many times, a person will file for a divorce expected that the other spouse will not argue against them. Since Michigan divides marital property as equitable distribution1, sometimes spouses agreeing can be beneficial to If this is the case, the divorce is considered uncontested. If the divorce continues on, and the parties agree about asset […]