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Property Capping and Uncapping In Michigan

Property values in desirable northern Michigan have risen dramatically in recent years and real estate experts expect prices to continue rising. This trend has been especially prevalent in coastal cities and towns on the Great Lakes, and with cottages and cabins near inland lakes, streams, and rivers. Property taxes, tied to property values, should be…

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What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit? Everything You Need to Know

When a family member dies because of a person’s or entity’s negligence or misconduct, the decedent’s Estate can make a wrongful death claim or file a lawsuit for losses such as loss of society and companionship; medical expenses; and funeral expenses. A suit of this kind seeks monetary compensation on behalf of the Estate’s interested…

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What Is Nursing Home Negligence and How Should You Report It?

Making the decision to move a loved one into a care setting can be difficult under the best of circumstances. And when you choose a facility, be it assisted living, skilled care, or adult foster care, you expect your loved one’s physical and emotional needs to be met. Unfortunately, elder abuse, elder neglect, and exploitation…

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Dock Laws in Michigan: Dealing with Excessive Dock Length

Common law in Michigan offers riparian property owners the right to install a dock or boat hoist on their bottomlands adjacent to their waterfront property. But when it comes to the length of said dock, however, common law does not cite a specific length limit. So, is there anything you can do about that excessively…

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What Is a Living Trust? And Why You May or May Not Need One

There is never a pleasant or convenient time to think about end-of-life scenarios. These types of decisions create stress and strain for families, but by creating a road map ahead of time, you can reduce painful legal proceedings that arise during a time better spent celebrating the life of a loved one. One option for…

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How Does a Retainer Fee Work for an Attorney?

What Is a Retainer Fee for an Attorney? A retainer fee for a lawyer is a form of prepayment for future services. The payment structure is common in various industries but is prevalent in the legal world because it tends to build a strong, ongoing relationship between attorney and client. How Does a Retainer Fee…

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Understanding Car Accident Pain & Suffering Claims

If you or a loved one has been involved in a personal injury car accident, there is a good chance you’re going to hear the term “pain and suffering.” Understanding pain and suffering is important as you pursue your personal injury or wrongful death case. What Is Pain and Suffering in a Personal Injury Case?…

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Who’s Liable in a Car Accident?

Michigan Car Accident Liability Laws The question of liability after a car accident isn’t always clear. If you live in Michigan, you might be wondering why fault matters — we live in a no-fault state, right? While no-fault auto insurance ensures that claims for crash-related expenses are reimbursed by an insurance carrier, such as medical…

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8 Reasons You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer

No one ever wants to be involved in—or have a loved one suffer from—an accident, especially if it was caused by someone else. In addition to focusing on your recovery, you are left scrambling to figure out how you are going to pay for medical bills that are piling up while your income comes to…

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What to Do After a Boating Accident in Michigan

Boating accidents in Michigan are common. If involved in a boating accident that causes serious bodily injury, you need a boating accident lawyer. …

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