What are beneficiary designations and why do I need to keep them updated?

Beneficiary designations exist for many financial instruments.  Most commonly they are found on retirement accounts, life insurance policies, and bank…

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Who needs a will in Michigan?

In my opinion, everyone needs a will.  It doesn’t matter if you have many assets or very few.  A common…

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The early stages of a felony case in Washtenaw County

There are many stages to a felony case in Michigan.  Today I will focus on Washtenaw County and the early…

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Can I still get in trouble for having marijuana?

The short answer is yes, but it is more complicated than that.  Marijuana is an illegal drug under Michigan and…

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I got caught speeding, what now?

This is a situation that most people run into.  They may be speeding because they are late, not paying attention…

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Are noise violations in Ann Arbor really criminal misdemeanors?

The short answer is yes.  Ann Arbor has several noise ordinances including: 9:362 and 9:363. The first of these is…

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What is HYTA? Can I get HYTA in Michigan?

HYTA is a Michigan Law that gives first time offenders a chance to avoid criminal convictions.  It stands for the…

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Bond Types in Michigan Criminal Courts

There are a few main types of bond.  They include personal recognizance, cash, surety, or 10 percent. Personal recognizance bond…

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Misdemeanor Arraignment and Bond Hearings in the 15th District Court

When someone is arrested for a crime, they have to appear in front of a judge or magistrate.  The first…

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