What is included in Child Support?

Question: I pay about $3,000 in child support each month and my oldest just started college. I pay $1,000 per month to the school toward tuition and room and board. Can I deduct this payment from the child support and pay only $2000? Answer: In Michigan the answer is no in most cases. Because the… Read More »

I recently had some improvements done on my house. One of the workers filed a construction lien against the property about two years ago. It has not been discharged and there have been no lawsuits filed. I may sell my house soon. How can I get rid of the lien?

A person who properly files a construction lien must file a court proceeding, often a foreclosure, to collect on the lien within one year from the date the lien was recorded. If this does not happen, the lien automatically expires. If the lien continues to interfere with the sale, the person filing it can be… Read More »

Can I use Medical Marijuana While on Probation?

Question: Last year I was sentenced on the crime of drunk driving. The Judge put me on probation, and as part of my probation she ordered me not to use any illegal drugs. I just recently obtained my medical marijuana card. Although I am still on probation I can smoke medical marijuana now that I… Read More »

I’m getting married for the second time and both my new husband and I have adult children. Is there anything different I need to do with my estate planning?

Yes. We see more and more “blended families” (marriages where each spouse has children from a prior relationship). You must take special steps to make sure you take care of each other, but also provide for your children after you are gone (if that’s your goal). This can be quite complicated. For example, what if… Read More »

Simple Real Estate Transactions?

Question: I hired a real estate agent to sell my house. We got an offer for less than what we owed on the house. We have a first mortgage and a second mortgage. Our real estate agent told us that he would take care of getting approvals from the banks to accept less than the… Read More »