Michigan Gun Law: Brandishing

“Brandishing” a gun may sound like an old-fashioned term, but the act is still thoroughly modern. Ironically, the Michigan statute making brandishing a firearm a misdemeanor did not define what constitutes “brandishing” until recently. The good news is that since the law was amended in 2015, there has been more clarity as to whether openly carrying a firearm in Michigan constitutes “brandishing.” First things Read More

What Is a Postnuptial Agreement and What Are Its Advantages?

We’ve all heard of prenuptial agreements - agreements signed between two parties before they get married - but postnuptial agreements are a rare breed. They do exist, however, and are recognized in Michigan. They are essentially an agreement signed after the parties wed and are designed to protect property of an individual in the event of death, divorce, or separation. The validity of postnuptial agreements in Read More

4 Signs of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is still far too common and misunderstood in our society. Yet, it can be a difficult topic to discuss and even harder to spot. Women and men who are suffering from domestic violence will not likely come right out and admit it, either for fear of reprisal or because they themselves are not fully aware. One of the first steps to combating domestic violence, however, is to know what to look for. 1) Read More

Understanding Post-Judgment Modifications in Michigan

Not only is it possible that at some point a divorce judgment may be modified, it is fairly likely. Parents may need to move for job changes, child support amounts may need to be amended depending upon the needs of the child or the circumstances of the parent, and parenting plans may need tweaking. All of these changes and others are handled through a request filed with the court to modify the current judgment. Read More

5 Mistakes Concealed Carriers Make

When it comes to concealed carry, Michigan has neither the most stringent nor the most lenient laws in the nation. Currently, concealed carry is allowed with a permit and open carry is allowed without a permit. In June this year, legislation was introduced in the House that would authorize concealed carry without a permit. That bill is currently sitting in the Senate with a committee.  More recently, three other Read More

5 Estate Planning Considerations for Unmarried Couples

In today's world, more and more couples choose to become life partners in lieu of traditional marriage. Although unmarried couples lack some of the legal rights enjoyed by married couples, there are plenty of estate planning vehicles you can use to make up for that. Consider these estate planning tips to better manage your finances, protect your loved ones, and prepare for the future. 1) Remember: Where there's a Read More

What to Do After a DUI Arrest in Michigan

Flashing lights in the rearview mirror usually mean bad news for someone. If that someone is you because you are suspected of driving under the influence, here’s what you need to do if you’re arrested. Please keep in mind that these are suggestions on what to do, because only a practicing, trained lawyer can advise you of exactly what to do for your unique situation. 1) Get sober in jail. Depending upon your blood Read More

6 Tips to Help Your Friend Who Is Going Through a Divorce

The chances that you know someone who is currently facing a divorce is high given that at least half of all marriages end in divorce.  You may have daily contact with friend and not know of her pending divorce.  But if your friend confides in you about a pending divorce, here are six ways to show your support. 1) Prepare a meal. Divorce adds to the stress that an individual is already experiencing on a daily Read More

The Most Important Documents for Estate Planning

Proper estate planning requires a lot of foresight. Planning for your future (as well as your firearms) will be important to your loved ones. It can mean the difference between creating conflict and confusion or a peaceful time to mourn. Ensuring that you have these essential estate planning documents will help you and your loved ones prepare for the future.      A Will and Trust A will and trust are the Read More

5 Ways a Divorce Can Benefit the Children

Children are often portrayed as the losers in divorce because the assumption is that they would be better off with two parents in the same household, rather than shuffling between homes, or worse, being used as a pawn in the larger divorce fight. However, it is possible for divorce to be beneficial for children. Here’s how. 1) Happier adults make happier children. If two people together are truly miserable, that Read More

6 Tips to Keep Your Guns Safe at Home, Away from Children

It seems as if we everyday we hear a news story about another child who got access to their parent’s gun and injured themselves or another—or worse. Most of these accidents are preventable, and gun owners need to take some steps to truly prevent them. Here are some tips on how to responsibly child-proof your firearms. 1) It’s your responsibility. Remember that as the owner of the firearm, you are responsible for Read More

How to Effectively Co-Parent this Summer

School is out and chances are your kids are looking forward to a lot of sun, swimming, and zero homework. You may not be looking forward to summer, however, because without the schedule of school, your co-parenting arrangements may need to change or at least be altered temporarily. How do you handle vacations? Camp? Here are some tips on effectively co-parenting this summer. 1) Plan and plan. Summer camps start Read More