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Through our blogs, we provide timely updates and commentary on legal issues that could have a significant impact on your life. We cover the latest trends impacting Michigan’s business community, as well! 

BankruptcyChapter 13Chapter 7

Can You File for Bankruptcy More Than Once?

In a perfect world, everyone would be able to pay their debts and live happily ever after. Unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world, and sometimes people find themselves buried in credit card debt, tax debts, and other unsecured debts.

If you are struggling to make ends meet and are considering debt relief under the bankruptcy code, you may be wondering: can you file bankruptcy more than once? The answer is yes – you can file for bankruptcy multiple times throughout your life.

Many individuals are shocked to learn that they can go bankrupt more than once. There are no restrictions on the number of times you may declare bankruptcy in reality. There are, however, limits on how frequently you can file for bankruptcy relief.

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Criminal Law

Are Brass Knuckles Legal in Michigan: The Criminal Code, Penalties and More

Brass knuckles are illegal in the State of Michigan. Brass knuckles are considered illegal weapons in the State of Michigan. A brass knuckle can be defined as any device made out of brass or other metal designed to inflict harm on another person. In some states this is extended to include hard plastics in addition to metals.

Brass knuckles in addition to certain types of knives and throwing stars are considered dangerous, illegal weapons. This post will explore the criminal code, penalties, and more for brass knuckle possession in the state of Michigan.

As always it is best to talk to a criminal defense lawyer if you are charged with possessing brass knuckles or any other illegal dangerous weapon. An experienced attorney can help you navigate and criminal charges you could be facing for possession of a brass knuckle.

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Child SupportDivorceFamily Law

What to Do When Served with Divorce Papers

If you have been served divorce papers, it can feel like the world is crashing down around you. It’s a significant life event that will change your life forever. In this blog post, we will explore what steps to take when divorce papers are served and how divorce attorneys can help with divorce proceedings.

Whether or not you have minor children, your divorce paperwork will include a divorce complaint, a summons, court orders, and other state-required forms. The divorce paperwork can include motions regarding asset sales, child custody, child support, and more.

Being served divorce papers is the start of the divorce process. Talk to a divorce lawyer or law firm that can explain this process. Divorce cases can be very complicated, and an experienced family law attorney can help.

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Criminal LawDUI Defense

Drugged Driving: OUID Charges in Michigan?

Drugged driving is illegal in the state of Michigan. The term “OUID” stands for Operating Under the Influence of Drugs (OUID). This is the offense of driving a vehicle under the influence of drugs. This is a severe offense in Michigan, and it can lead to some hefty penalties if you are convicted under this law.

Understanding what an OUID is and how it applies to your situation is so important, especially when considering whether or not you should hire a lawyer. Read on to learn more about OUID charges in Michigan!

If you are charged with an OUID offense, it is best to contact an attorney experienced in drugged driving or OUIL-related cases. An experienced DUI lawyer can examine why you were pulled over and help determine the best way to move forward.

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Criminal LawTraffic Ticket

Failure to Stop in Assured Clear Distance: A Michigan Civil Infraction

Failure to stop at an assured clear distance is a traffic violation that means the motor vehicle driver does not provide enough space when following behind another car. Failure to stop in the assured clear distance is a civil infraction and a violation of Michigan Law and could lead to costly penalties.

The rear-end collision is one of the most common traffic offenses. The person at fault in a rear-end collision will likely be found guilty or responsible for the failure to maintain an assured distance.

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BankruptcyChapter 7Real Estate

Can I Stay in My Apartment If I File Bankruptcy?

This is a question that many people ask themselves when filing for bankruptcy. If you are filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, then the answer is yes! You can stay in your apartment and continue to pay rent as you usually would on the rental property.

However, filing for Chapter 13 bankruptcy – which requires monthly payments – will depend on how much money you make each month and how much of your income goes to necessities like housing. In addition, chapter 13 and renting an apartment is a little more complicated in that the Bankruptcy Court may have to approve a new lease.

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BankruptcyChapter 13Chapter 7

Bankruptcy Dismissed vs Discharged

Bankruptcy can be an extremely overwhelming process. You need to understand the different terms used in bankruptcy law and what they mean for you before going ahead with this decision. Hearing about “dismissal” or “discharge” from someone who has filed their own may give some insight into one’s future course of action if they were ever faced with such circumstances themselves!

Every individual filing bankruptcy is motivated to obtain an order from the bankruptcy court “discharging” any debts incurred before their case. A bankruptcy discharge has legal consequences that prevent creditors from suing or attempting collection of these past-due balances, giving you a fresh start with opportunities in life once more!

Bankruptcy dismissals are never good news. A bankruptcy dismissal means that your case has been halted prematurely without a discharge being granted, which can make it challenging to get back on track with your debts.

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Child CustodyDivorceFamily Law

How Long Does a Divorce Take in Michigan?

If you are considering divorce, it is essential to understand how long the divorce process takes in Michigan. Depending on what kind of divorce action you are filing, the divorce process can take anywhere from two months to a year or more.

If no children are involved in the Divorce in Michigan, the mandatory waiting period is 60 days. If minor children remain in the marriage at the time of filing, the minimum mandatory waiting period is at least six months before your divorce can be finalized. These are the mandatory waiting periods set under Michigan Law. There are some exceptions for which a Michigan divorce attorney could be of assistance.

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Child CustodyFamily LawParenting Time

At What Age Can A Child Decide Which Parent To Live With In Michigan?

Michigan, child custody law is a highly complex area of family law. Many questions arise when deciding child custody, including, “At what age can a child decide which parent to live within Michigan?” A child in Michigan never receives an absolute right to decide where they live until they turn 18 years old. The reasonable preference of the child is just one factor the Court reviews when determining child custody and parenting time.

The best thing you can do for your child is finding an experienced family law lawyer. In addition, it would be best if you had a custody and divorce lawyer if you find yourself in a child custody battle.

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Criminal LawTheft Crimes

Michigan Retail Fraud Criminal Charge: What is it?

In Michigan, shoplifting is referred to as retail fraud. A Michigan retail fraud case occurs when a person commits theft or an act of deception to obtain goods or services from any retail establishment. This can be done by using false pretenses, altering the price tags on items, falsifying discounts, and more. In all situations, the store must be open to the public.

The value of the property stolen determines the degree of retail fraud that is charged. The severity of the punishment for Michigan retail fraud charges also depends on whether or not the accused has any prior retail fraud convictions. A prior conviction can be used to enhance a shoplifting charge.

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