It’s National Adoption Month. Protect Your Legal Rights and Peace of Mind in the Adoption Process.

The Children’s Bureau launched initiatives around National Adoption Month to call attention to many critical adoption issues. Adoption provides a rewarding way to grow families but can pose unique challenges. At any given time, there are about 3000 Michigan children awaiting adoption and about 114,000 throughout the United States. There are nearly four times that many…

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Are You a Veteran in Need of Assistance? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Veterans deserve more than just one day of recognition. November has now been designated National Veterans and Military Families Month. While parades and accolades can be uplifting, many veterans and their families need help and guidance in dealing with their service’s physical and emotional complications. Thanks to the aging process, these needs intensify rather than…

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Considering a Living Trust in Michigan? We Can Help.

One aspect of estate planning is protecting your assets and avoiding probate by establishing a trust. A living trust can help protect the assets you wish to leave behind to family members after your death. What Is a Revocable Living Trust? Without proper planning, at your death, your assets normally pass into probate. Probate is…

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Financial POA agent Nomination

By Erin Fielder-Attia WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE APPOINTED AS ​AGENT UNDERSOMEONE’S ​POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR FINANCES By Erin Fielder-Attia When you (the principal) are working with a lawyer preparing power of attorney documents, you will most likely be receiving lots of legal advice. But what about if you were nominated as someone else’s…

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No Heat? Now What?

ENERGY ASSISTANCE DURING THE WINTER MONTHS By Jeanne St. Onge Electric, natural gas, and propane bills are constantly fluctuating, which can have a major impact on household budgets. If you are having trouble paying your energy bills, it is important to know where to find help, especially as winter is quickly approaching. Below, you can…

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Every Conversation Matters

NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL ADOPTION MONTH By Jeanne St. Onge National Adoption Month, recognized each November, is an initiative of the Children’s Bureau that seeks to increase national awareness of adoption issues, bring attention to the need for adoptive families for teens in the U.S. foster care system, and emphasize the value of youth engagement. ​National…

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Virtual Courtroom Etiquette

HOW TO BEHAVE IN A VIRTUAL COURTROOM By Jeanne St. Onge Courtrooms, whether physically in-person, or virtual via phone or video, are still a formal and serious setting. Below are some important reminders you should keep in mind before appearing in court for your virtual hearing. Download a copy of our Virtual Courtroom Etiquette tips…

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Special Needs Law Month

UNDERSTANDING SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS Defining what Special Needs Trusts are and why they are so important. By Jeanne St. Onge What is National Special Needs Law Month Each October, attorneys throughout the country celebrate National Special Needs Law Month by helping to educate those with special needs, their families, and their caregivers, about their legal…

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Finding an Elder Law Attorney

6 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR ELDER LAW ATTORNEY By Jeanne St. OngeAt some point, you may need to consult with an attorney regarding long-term care for yourself or a loved one. When setting up an appointment with an attorney, ask a trusted loved one to come with you to meet your elder law attorney, as…

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