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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Michigan on
Q: Issues with ex wife not moving from property so it can be sold. Harassing other family members in the home.

May 2017 home was supposed to be sold. Son wants to buy it. Ex wife has hoarded the home. Currently in the process of getting her and her hoard out. Ex wife has not resided in the home for 2 weeks and is harassing the son and girlfriend. Friends of the Ex are either walking into the house or trying... Read more »

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Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 18, 2022

What does the judgment of divorce say? If it says the house is to be sold, then you need to file a post-judgment motion to enforce that. You may also need to file a formal eviction action.

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Michigan on
Q: Is it legal in the state of Michigan to collect police license plates?

I am a collector of Michigan police badges license plates insignias etc

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Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 18, 2022

Are you looking to collect actual plates? You may want to check with various police departments. My understanding is that most local police have municipal plates - same plates as any other city vehicle, with an "x" in the middle. Not sure how much of a collector's item that would be.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Michigan on
Q: My husband recently passed away and our manufactured home is in both our names will I have to sell it?

My husband only really owned (other than personal effects) a non running car and his half of the manufactured home. He owed 2 loans when he passed one for 1000 and one for 4000. He lived in St. Clair County Michigan with no will. Will I have to sell the home or his half to settle his debts? The... Read more »

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Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 18, 2022

Not necessarily. Are the loans liens on the home? Did you also sign for those loans?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Michigan on
Q: What do I do? Traveling during other parents time, I offered him to keep the child he won’t.

We travel back and forth in the winter to ski. For over a year now my ex and I have changed up our parenting time schedule. He is now saying he wants his normal weekends. For that to happen I told him there’s two options we switch weekends or he has the child while we travel. He refused and said... Read more »

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Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 18, 2022

You have a few options: 1) can you take the child with you to ski? 2) do you have alternate child care available?

Unless you are able to reach a compromise, the parenting time schedule stands. Depending on how much time you have before your trip, you could see about filing a motion to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Collections for Michigan on
Q: Is it legal to collect Michigan police license plates for a collection

I am a collector of police memorabilia I collect badges license plates patches anything that has to do with police there are a lot of collectors out there and that's what we pretty much do and then we sell or we trade etc

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 18, 2022

Legal? Probably no different than collecting any one else's license plate. What purpose would it serve though?

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Michigan on
Q: Do you have to pay taxes on real money winnings in phone app games?

Like in app game such as blackout bingo or cash carnival real money slots and spin to win? Also are game like these legal.

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Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 17, 2022

The IRS considers winnings income that you must report. Most legit places will issue a 1099 along with your winnings, which is how the IRS will know to look for your accurate reporting come tax time.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Michigan on
Q: Child Support & Custody information.

Can I ask for more child support if my ex's salary increased significantly?

If he drove drunk with our daughter in the vehicle, can I request to change to full custody?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 17, 2022

Yes, and yes. Do you have proof of him driving drunk with your daughter in the car? Has he been charged with a crime?

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law for Michigan on
Q: I recently did a job for a customer but was a third party through the whole process. I completed the job.

Unfortunately I wasn't paid at all. My friend who got the job for me, through the construction company. During the whole processes of the job I had mainly had to go to him for questions and did get the first half down. Well the first half was $4700 and I only got 4000 thousand cash in a... Read more »

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Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 17, 2022

Your issue is with the construction company. Sounds like customer paid as they agreed, and they are not responsible for whatever arrangements you had going with your friend.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Michigan on
Q: If my son's father has not paid child support or seen his son/reached out for 2 years can I file and get full custody?
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Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 16, 2022

I would think so, if you don't already have full custody.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: I was emotionally harassed by an advisor for sending emails and asking too many questions.

I was looking for options I can have to change my minor. But during the advising meeting I was denied to ask questions and they said they do not care what I choose. I was denied to ask any further questions on the topic and was insulting experience for not knowing what to do even as an... Read more »

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Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 16, 2022

What is your question? It sounds like your best course of action would be to address this issue with your university. Perhaps to the head academic advisor or to a dean of students. Many universities also have departments and deans specific to international students.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: How can I create a DPOA for someone who is mentally incapacitated in Michigan?
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Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 16, 2022

You can't create a DPOA for someone who is now incapacitated. These documents require capacity (e.g. knowing what you are doing and signing). Once incapacitated, you'll need to look into a guardianship.

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Michigan on
Q: I don't understand MCL 600.2559 (7)(8) as it pertains to taxes and recovery of fees? What does that mean?

My understanding is that process servers can charge more than the prescribed fees under MCL 600.2559 if there is a written agreement beforehand. What I don't understand is the statements concerning taxes and recovery of fees. "...a person entitled to tax costs shall not attempt to tax and... Read more »

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Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 15, 2022

It means that if a party is entitled to "tax cost" - fancy way of saying a person is legally entitled to collect their costs from the other party - that person can only recover the amounts listed in that statute and not more even if they paid more for service of process.

Remember,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Michigan on
Q: My ex is taking my daughter refuses to allow me to speak or even see her what can I do about this

The mom says if I attempt to do anything about it she's going to tell everybody that I'm a child beating narcissistic a****** quote on quote I need help please!

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Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 15, 2022

If you don't already have a court case, you need to file a complaint for custody and parenting time with the court. If you do already have a court case with the mother, then you need to file a motion for specific parenting time and possibly custody.

Let her call you what she will....
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: Hi, If you are married and child support end, what if you get a divorce. Can you get child support back from him?
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Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 15, 2022

Your question is a little confusing. Are you saying there was a support order in place that ended, but you were married the whole time? A subsequent divorce would not entitle you to recover child support that was ordered and paid.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Michigan on
Q: I was in prison for 4 year total. The state of Michigan still charged Me almost 500 a month in support
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Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 15, 2022

Typically, the burden is on you to show the friend of the court you are incarcerated so that payments may be suspended. You now likely have arreages. Best thing you can do is contact the friend of the court and work from there. Don't wait until they start taking enforcement action such as a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Civil Rights for Michigan on
Q: How does one use genetic testing to prove paternity without a court order?

Is it true establishing that a positive genetic test is a conclusive method of determining paternity, if certain conditions are met and without requiring a court determination?

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Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 13, 2022

For legal purposes? You cannot establish paternity without court order, unless you are married to the mother at the time, or you both sign an acknowledgement of paternity.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Michigan on
Q: I receive social security disability and also receive a small amount for my child, does my now ex-wife have rights to it

Ex-wife has custody but I do have parenting time, is the social security I recieve for the child now hers. ?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 13, 2022

Typically, there will be an agreement for your social security payment to satisfy your child support obligation. But otherwise, yes, social security can make the determination that if your ex has sole legal custody of the child, she would be entitled to that payment.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Michigan on
Q: We would like to take legal action against the person who sold us our home/the inspector for nondisclosure.

I bought a home in May of 2018. At the time of inspection, damages to the ceiling and other concerns were labeled as cosmetic damage only. Only after we purchased did we learn from a neighbor that the home was a rental house for 30 years. It was not disclosed before hand. Now, since that time we... Read more »

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Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 11, 2022

Possibly, if you have more facts than what is disclosed here. The fact that it was a rental for 30 years isn't enough. Nor is the bathtub not being on proper supports. You'll need to show that the former owner knew or should have known of very specific issues.

I think you have...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Michigan on
Q: An ex requested a ppo out of state
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Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 9, 2022

What is your question? If you are aware of a PPO or have been served with one, you should act to respond appropriately to the allegations. If it's from out of state, you will likely need to hire an attorney in that state.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Intellectual Property for Michigan on
Q: Can someone make a documentary about a segment of my life without my permission? I live in Michigan.

I produced a film in Michigan in 2018 and now someone is attempting to make a documentary about the event without my permission. Do I have the legal protection to ask them to cease and desist? They are a resident of Ohio and are attempting to interview not only myself, but members of the cast and... Read more »

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Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 9, 2022

You would be wise to speak with an intellectual property attorney. If you are a producer of a commercial film, you may be considered a public figure, which affords you less privacy interest. Even if you are not a public figure, if the documentary is based on truth, I'm not sure what recourse... Read more »

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