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0 Answers | Asked in Uncategorized for Michigan on
Q: Are there repercussions for carrying a concealed weapon (with a permit) on private property with no weapons signs in MI?

I have my license for concealed carry in Michigan, and am going to the Kalamazoo museum, where they have a no weapons sign. If I carry anyway, am I opening myself up to legal repercussions? Museums aren’t on the list of banned places in Michigan. Kalamazoo is known for gun violence, especially in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Michigan on
Q: Can my accepted PA be terminated by the seller when I submit addendum to an issue found in the inspection
Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on May 24, 2022

An addendum is probably not enough, by itself, to permit the seller to terminate the purchase agreement. Usually an addendum is an offer to modify the contract and not a termination of a contract coupled with an offer to reform the contract under new terms. But, there's really no way a lawyer... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Michigan on
Q: His wife didn’t call 911 or even for help nor can she remember what happened and her mother did a lot of illegal things

n: My brother was accused of domestic violence against his wife he recorded the entire fight they had up until the point where he left the house. She was drinking and actually assaulted him multiple times physically with a vaccum tube. An article was published in the local newspaper stating he had... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 24, 2022

How did the police become involved? It is possible for both people to be charged with domestic violence. Whether the video will help him depends on the entirety of the situation; the problem with video is that it only shows a moment in time. If I pummel you, then turn on my video just as you are... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Probate for Michigan on
Q: Hello. Im in Michigan and I am filling out informal probate / personal representative form 558. I'm stuck on question 9.

I am on question 9. It states " I nominate _____ as personal representative, who is qualified and has the following priority for appointment _____. I am a only child and this news for my mom's estate. Do I just put then I am the only child

Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi answered on May 23, 2022

The 'priority' for appointment is based on the Michigan Probate statute. If there is a will, the person named in the will has priority. If there is no will a surviving spouse does. If there is no surviving spouse all surviving children have equal priority.

If you don't...
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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: Is it legal for apartment management to tell a tenant they would only respond by email?

When a tenant request copies of paperwork in their file, is it legal for them to refuse to give the tenant a paper copy?

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on May 24, 2022

Like Mr. Geers says, probably not illegal, but also likely unreasonable.

I could imagine a discrimination based complaint where a practice like this is discriminatory against persons who don't have ready access to a device that connects to the internet. But, there would need to be a...
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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: Is it legal for apartment management to tell a tenant they would only respond by email?

When a tenant request copies of paperwork in their file, is it legal for them to refuse to give the tenant a paper copy?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 23, 2022

I believe it is legal. I'm unaware of any obligation for a landlord to maintain paper copies, let alone provide them to a tenant upon request.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Trademark for Michigan on
Q: So I wanna start a business And i wanna make a logo with the outline of a gtr (a car) will I get copyrighted or sued
Evan Ficaj
Evan Ficaj answered on May 23, 2022

A logo for a business is an issue of trademark law rather than copyright law because your logo is how a potential customer would recognize you in the marketplace and distinguish you from your competitors.

To properly answer this question, you should meet with an attorney to discuss details...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: In an uncontested divorce, both of us want joint custody so does that mean we both pay half the child support?
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 23, 2022

Good question and reasonable logic. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Child support is calculated using a formula that factors the disparity of income between the parents among other things. Even with joint custody, one parent is likely to pay the other parent some child support.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Employment Law for Michigan on
Q: Does a job need parental consent in order for a minor to be employed?
Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on May 24, 2022

It's probably not entirely helpful to send you to read a statute, but there is a pretty helpful website from the State of Michigan that discusses the boundaries of the Youth Employment Standards Act (YESA). It doesn't appear as though a minor 16 years or older requires a parent's... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Uncategorized for Michigan on
Q: Hey I was wondering if my son can legally carry a Assisted opening knife at the age of 16?

I know he cant at school but for like of he is walking around town. It is a Assisted Opening Knife that has a 3.5 inch blade. I am in Owosso Michigan and he has never been pulled over of has any charged with cops or etc.

0 Answers | Asked in Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: Husband named me sole proprietor for business on taxes I know nothing about I signed nothing

He also filed for divorce a month ago after I caught him cheating

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Michigan on
Q: Is it illegal to look at your phone while you are at a stop light in Michigan?

I think it's only illegal when you are moving, but I want to make sure I read the statute correctly.

(1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, a person shall not read, manually type, or send a text message on a wireless 2-way communication device that is located in the... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 23, 2022

You are reading it correctly. Although I would suggest not to tempt a police officer. Getting into a legal dispute about whether you were "moving" is probably not a good use of your time or money to fight.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for Michigan on
Q: Our handbook states need of 2wk notice to quit to get paid PTO. My employee gave 8 days notice in MI. She says I owe her

She told our Manager and asked her not to tell us because the employee said she’d tell us. When she told me over the phone, after working together for the whole week, it was 8 days notice. I feel since our employee handbook states 2 weeks required to get paid out PTO, I’m being just. She’s... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 23, 2022

You may be justified in your stance, but is it worth it to the company to defend against a court action.

Here's a thought: how about deducting the daily value of the PTO for each day short of 2 weeks notice and see if she'll agree with that?

You really should make this...
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0 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Litigation and Insurance Bad Faith for Michigan on
Q: How Do We Best Resolve Issues With An Auto Repair Shop (Scam) & Ins. Co. Nightmare?

Hi, A Collision Shop (referred 2 us by Ins. Co.) added damage 2 R car 2 the tune of $2K+ while in 4 a tear down & quote.

Ins. Co. determined it 2 B a “Total Loss”. Without the added $2K+ car could possibly B deemed “Repairable”, based on the Ins. Co.’s own Total Loss vs.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Michigan on
Q: Can my sister-in-law contest my rights as a wife to get everything? Do we still need a will? Can she go to probate?

Does a wife automatically get everything if husband dies? House, property, money, etc?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 23, 2022

Nothing is automatic except beneficiary designations and joint accounts. But yes, most people's estates do not exceed the spousal elective share and so substantially everything goes to the spouse. That is by design because the public policy behind that is that 1) we can safely presume that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Probate for Michigan on
Q: Can my husband's sister contest a wife's rights to everything? Do I still need a will?
Trent Harris
Trent Harris answered on May 20, 2022

By "a wife's rights to everything", I'm assuming you mean the surviving spouse's right to a share of an intestate estate. Generally speaking, if the husband dies leaving a probate estate and leaves a surviving spouse, the surviving spouse is entitled to the first $240,000... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Michigan on
Q: Applied for the I-20 reinstatement and waiting for the decision. But my school is ending soon.

I would like to apply OPT as well. What are my options?

0 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Michigan on
Q: What happens if a tenant keeps the funds that they were granted by CERA instead of paying there back rent? In Michigan

What happens if the tenant keeps cera funds for themselves instead of paying there rent?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Michigan on
Q: Can I sue a foot soak company for advertising false ingredients, and consequently my skin peeled off

Hi; I bought a foot soak off Amazon, and after I used it all the skin on my feet peeled off. It wasn’t enough to cause bleeding, but it was quite alarming. After looking at the product again, I noticed the ingredients listed on the product for sale, were not the ingredients in the product I... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 19, 2022

Possibly. You should look into an attorney who does civil litigation around the consumer protection act or products liability.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Michigan on
Q: There is a typo in my divorce final judgment. It read the defendent shell pay the defendent a sum
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 19, 2022

If you had an attorney, you should go back to them to see how best to address it. It would of course be up to either party to ask the court to enforce any of the provisions, and until that time, it may not be much of an issue. Still, if it's in error, it should be corrected. And sometimes it... Read more »

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