7.29.2006

DIVORCE ATTORNEY FEES

Question In Michigan, what is base attorney fee for divorce?

Answer Usually divorce cases are billed on an hourly basis. Attorneys usually ask for a retainer (depending on the perceived difficulty of the case) in advance and then uses that to bill against at an hourly basis and then once the retainer is gone then you either pay an additional amount or get billed monthly. The range can be $125/ hr to even in excess of $350/hr. Based on past experience most divorce cases start out easy and the emotions take over and can make them difficult.You may want to consider a collaborative divorce attorney/

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7.25.2006

MANDATORY WAITING PERIOD DIVORCE WITH KIDS

Question Has anyone been able to circumvent the 180 day waiting period for a divorce in Michigan with minor children?

Answer You need to make an argument for why it is the best interest of the parties and also the children.Stating that it will begin bringing structure to the kids lives as well as your lives usually will win the day.

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7.23.2006

PARENT'S RIGHTS

Question If someone has had their parental rights terminated?
does the state of michigan have legal claim to your unborn?and what can someone do to stop cps from taking child after birth?

Answer Under Michigan EPIC statute a termination of parental rights only effects the rights to the child for the children named in the order.This means for any new children a petition to terminate the rights of those new children would need to be filed and the prior termination for other children has no effect over the new children.


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7.21.2006

PREPARING FOR DIVORCE

If you think that you may be contemplating or considering divorce here are a few preparation tips.

1. Start gathering all the paper information you can (credit card bills, w-2's, utility bills, investment statements, etc) photo copy these because this can help you save attorney fees in that your attorney will not have to subpoena or request it. INFORMATION IS ALWAYS POWER

2. Start socking away some money to pay an attorney's retainer.

3. Perhaps open a credit card in your name for access to funds if you are limited

these tips will help you if perhaps your not prepared to jump into a divorce action just yet.

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7.17.2006

NOT HAPPY WITH YOUR LAWYER

Some clients may not realize that you are control of your case. If you feel that your lawyer may not be acting in your best interests you have the right to "fire" them and hire someone else.

It may be something to consider if you are feeling neglected or you feel that your attorney is not delivering what you need.


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7.11.2006

SMALL BUSINESS HELP

I have two clients who have learned the hard way when it comes to contracts and leases.

Both of them entered into leases which they did not contact me prior to signing them. Well they saved themselves hundreds of dollars by just signing them and not having their lawyer look at them.

Wrong!! Both of them are now going to court for issues that could have been prevented if I had seen the contracts prior to their signatures.

Now they are going to pay potentially thousands in fees to fight the consequences that were hidden to them (but not to me). Now that is not a prudent business decisions or return on investments.

Be wary when you sign a contract because the language in the document means something and its usually going to protect the other side when the you know what hits the fan. Protect your business and your interests have your attorney look at the contracts and leases before you sign.

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7.08.2006

PROTECTING INHERITANCE

If you receive an inheritance from a family member the only way to protect it from not being divided as result of a divorce you must keep it separate.

Take the money or income received from the property in a separate account and DO NOT use any marital funds to improve the property.

KEEP THE MONEY IN ITS OWN ACCOUNT WITH ONLY YOU HAVING ACCESS.

Do not mix the money with marital funds.

This will allow you for the most part to keep that money all to yourself if you get divorced.

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7.05.2006

TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE

This is advice for anyone out there in the state of Michigan who has a spousal support or child support order.

If you get laid off on Monday file on Tuesday your motion to modify. In Michigan there is no retro active abatement for support orders.

For example: If you get laid off on July 5, 2006 you may have grounds to modify your support order. If you file your motion on July 6th you lock that date. So you will keep paying on the old order and let us say you win and get your support reduced it goes back to the date you serve notice of you motion to modify on the other party.

In our example above if you get laid off and wait 2 months to file your motion to modify and you are granted a reduction you would not get credit for the 2 month gap.

To sum it up as soon as you for whatever reason get in trouble financially you should file your motion right away to preserve your right to an abatemate.

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