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- Business Planning
- Construction Law
- Criminal Law
- Education Law
- Employment Law
- Estate Planning - Wills and Trusts
- Family Law
- Federal Law
- Juvenile Law
- Probate - Deceased Estates, Guardianships, Conservatorship, and Trusts
- Professional Licensing
- Real Estate
- RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act)
- Sexual Harassment
- Sports and Entertainment Law
- Tax Law
There are three types of adoptions: Family adoptions, step-parent adoptions, and direct placement adoptions.
In all adoptions, there is the termination of the biological parents’ rights, and the creation of the parental rights in the adoptive person(s). Being a parent is a Constitutionally protected right, and the courts take those rights very seriously. The biological parents’ rights must be terminated either voluntarily or involuntarily to complete an adoption. If the biological parent is unfit, and refuses to agree to the termination of their parental rights, they may have their parental rights terminated involuntarily by having a court hearing on the matter.
A family adoption would be where the adopting person, and the adopted person are already related by blood or marriage. For example, grandparents adopting their daughter’s child would be a family adoption.
A step-parent adoption where one parent already has custody of a minor child, marries another person, and this new spouse seeks to adopt their step child.
A direct placement adoption is where the adopter and adopted persons are not related by blood or marriage. Typically, this would be where a person(s) seeks to adopt a child or a baby. Adopting a baby or child is one of the most rewarding experiences a person can go through. But often, parents-to-be are intimidated by the complex process. Don't let the complexities of adoption get in the way of your dreams. We are waiting to help facilitate adoption your proceedings.
A person or couple looking to adopt a newborn baby need to know a few things. First, finding a birthmother to place a child with an adoptive person or couple is a very difficult, and complex process. The procedure to adopt a child from someone not related to the adoptive couple by blood or marriage is called a direct placement adoption. Typically, a direct placement adoption is for a new baby.
An appeal is after a trial has occurred and the case is taken to a higher court to be reviewed. There are appeals from the District Court, the Circuit Court, the Probate Court and administrative agencies, such as the Secretary of State to obtain a driver’s license. We have experience with appeals in the Michigan Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court and the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
A person is bankrupt when they person cannot pay their bills when they come due. There are many reasons why a person chooses to file bankruptcy; the loss of a job, physical disability, becoming ill, overwhelming medical bills, divorce, and loss of income to name a few.
Bankruptcy is when a person requests the federal government to give them a fresh start by allowing them to keep a certain amount of their property, and to discharge, or have their debts forgiven.
Law School graduates have to take what is most likely the hardest exam of their lives. Once you've received your score you have the right to appeal the examiners deceision and request an increase. We can help you appeal this score, and help you prevent having to re-take the exam.
Need help starting your own business? We can help. Forming business entities is a tricky processes. We can help guide your through the process of drafting articles of organization, operating agreements, and business plans. Preparing and filing the necessary documents with the proper authority will give you peace of mind and let you focus on the parts of your business that you enjoy.
A service or good was provided to someone, and they have failed to pay for it. A lawsuit to collect on that service or good is called a collections lawsuit. This is because there is not much doubt that the person, or debtor owes the money. It is not usually a matter of proving that the debt is owed, but an issue of actually collecting the money owed upon a judgment. We have a very high success rate in obtaining the monies owed to our clients.
Construction law usually deals with the construction of buildings, whether commercial or residential. There are general contractors who contract with subcontractors who have various specialties. The building may or may not already have someone who has purchased the finished project, this would be the homeowner, or commercial owner of the building. There are various contracts between the contractor and subcontractors, and the owners. Additionally, the builders have to deal with a multitude of governmental agencies to be able to erect the building.
Criminal law consists of any time a law that makes something a crime is not followed. There are misdemeanor crimes where the maximum penalty is one year or less. There are felony crimes where the minimum penalty is more than one year.
There are trial courts, and appeals courts. We handle trials for anything from disturbing the peace to burglary, robbery, sex crimes, or murder. We have experience in District courts, Circuit courts, the Court of Appeals, and the Michigan Supreme Court.
Education law includes anything that occurs to or about a student from kindergarten through college or graduate school. There are state and federal laws which protect students from educational institutions regarding due process, fairness, and for the student not to be discriminated against. Additionally, students that are gifted, or have special needs in their education are entitled to individual education plans.
Do you feel like you've been discriminated against at work or terminated unfairly? Call our experts who specialize in litigating employment disputes, unlawful termination, discrimination, harassment and other issues in the workplace.
Estate planning can be a tricky process. Let us help you create a the best strategy for your estate in order to best utilize and preserve your resources. This process can include tax planning, drafting wills, creating trusts and assigning power of attorney. Let us help you now so you and your family don't need to worry later.
If you are holding an event and don't know where to start in terms of licences, permits, and insurance, we can help. We have years of experience in navigating city and state requirements for public and private events.
This where a person has been convicted of one or more crimes and they seek to have these old convictions removed from their criminal record. This procedure is called an expungement.
Family law encompasses a wide range of complex issues. This includes paternity, divorce, child custody, child support, parenting time schedules, parenting time complaints, alimony, and prenuptial agreements. We have extensive dealings with the Friend of the Court and the Family Court. We are ready to help protect you and your family.
We have experience dealing with parents who have a drug, alcohol, or criminal history. We also have experience with parents who live in different states. We have both male and female attorneys who have statewide experience in family law.
Let's face it. Federal lawsuits can be intimitdating, no matter which side you are on. We are fully licenced in Michigan Federal courts to litigate Federal Issues such as civil rights, discrimination, RICO, and more.
Juvenile law encompassed criminal charges against a child under the age of 17. This includes contacts with the police and their investigations, and interview with the minor child. Children are not convicted of crimes, but have adjudications, and come under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court. Children are not sentenced for crimes, they have dispositions. We know having a child accused of a crime is a scary thing, and we have the experience to get the child and the family through this trying time.
Facilitative mediation is where a skilled mediator works with the parties in a dispute to see if they can agree on some common ground to avoid extensive litigation on a dispute.
Probate law includes deceased estates, trusts, guardianships, conservatorships, name changes, and Mental commitments.
Deceased Estates are when a person passes away, and there needs to be a way to distribute their property according to their Last Will and Testament. If they do not have a Last Will and Testament, the state of Michigan has specific laws on how the property in the Estate should be distributed.
Contested Probate is where persons involved in an estate by blood or marriage disagree on the proper distribution of the assets of the estate. We have extensive experience is litigation in probate court.
Trusts are legal documents which indicate who will receive what property. These trusts are designed to allow the person creating the trust, the settlor to have control over their property, and to name a person to administer the wishes of the settlor, who is called the trustee. The people receiving the property are called the beneficiaries. Often, trusts are administered or run outside of the probate court.
Guardianship is where a person is under the age of 18, or developmentally disabled, or a person over 18 but legally incapacitated. For example, a minor adoption would be where a grandfather takes his grandson to live with him, and the grandson’s parents are alive, but unable to care for their son. The grandfather could obtain a guardianship over his grandson to take care of him. An example of a legally incapacitated person, is where a person has a stroke, and they are unable to make decisions for themselves. Someone needs to become his/her guardian to take care of them.
Conservatorship is the same as a guardian in concept, the difference is that a conservator is concerned primarily about the minor, or developmentally disabled person, or legally incapacitated person’s finances.
Mental commitments is where a person has a mental disorder and they are determined to be a danger to themselves, or others and they need medical treatment but they do not have the ability nor insight to recognize that they require medical treatment. A court after a hearing may determine that the mentally disordered person needs hospitalization.
Name Change. This is where a person chooses to change their name. The only requirement is that the person is not changing their name to avoid their creditors.
Professional licensing deals with medical doctors, dentists, attorneys, therapists, psychologists, counselors, or any other profession which requires a license from the state in order to conduct their trade or profession. Typically, a professional has their license attacked, suspended, or revoked and they need assistance to have their full license restored to them.
Real estate law usually refers to the transactions on land. This can be by a deed, or by contract. There are Warranty Deeds, Quit Claim Deeds, Lady Bird Deeds, and Land Contracts to name a few. When one person buys another persons’ house, there is not only a deed drafted but a real estate closing is conducted to exchange a deed of some type in exchange for money. There are other documents, which are preliminary to the closing, for example a purchase agreement. Never sign anything without have an attorney review if first. No matter what a document is called in real estate, they all have meaning, and can result in a horrible financial decision if not reviewed carefully before signing.
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act is one of the most complex legal acts in the American law system. We litigate RICO claims so you can rest easy knowing our experience is working for you.
Many potential sexual harassment plaintiffs are surprised to learn that there is a difference between what many of us would consider “sexual harassment” and what the law actually says is illegal and actionable. As the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission tells us, “[i]t is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex. Harassment can include ‘sexual harassment’ or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.” It may also include “offensive remarks about a person’s sex” such as “making offensive comments about women in general." Finally, “[a]lthough the law doesn’t prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted).” State law civil rights acts tend to mirror Title VII’s definition. Michigan Courts, for instance, have fairly consistently held that the ELCRA should borrow from Title VII’s interpretation of “sexual harassment.” See "Me Too: How the Law Helps Victims of Workplace Sexual Harassment Fight Back" blog post by Collin Nyeholt.
Know your rights before you sign any contracts. Our lawyers are waiting to help counsel you on intellectual property issues, and we are happy to help review or draft contracts in order to make sure you are getting what you deserve.
Our experts on tax laws can help you appeal or contest state or federal tax debt and help guide you in applying for tax exemptions/appeal denial of exemption.