Practical Law features practical thoughts, commentary and perspective on legal issues that effect us all. Alex Miller, the author of this blog, is an attorney and counselor in Michigan.
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When you need to use a power of attorney, you need to know that the document will work, that it will be accepted to meet your need right at that time. If you “Google” the term “power of attorney”, you will see that very often now, there are problems. A power of attorney or a durable power of...
As of May 2008, the legal standard in any discrimination claim has changed as the result of decisions issued by the U.S. Supreme Court, the highest court in our country. Both cases started as standard discrimination claims, where an employee was fired or denied a transfer because of “alleged”...
With Memorial Day approaching, my blog will be silent for a few days.Now I take great liberty with the freedom the blog affords me. This post has nothing to do with the law, it is purely personal. As we honor our nation's heroes, I also honor my personal hero - my brother, Adam Miller, who died...
The time limit to enforce your legal rights just got shorter. In a controversial and divided decision, the Michigan Supreme Court held that a daughter could not sue the convicted murderer of her mother. The killing occurred in1986, but the murderer was not identified and arrested until 2002, 16...
Defining, or redefining, “retirement” is not just a topic of commercials for annuities or RVs. It is a question so meaningful that the Court of Appeals has recently issued an opinion in which a central issue was the definition of the word.The ubiquitous Google provides a good starting point for an...
The Internet can be a great resource and with all the available information it is tempting to think about trying new endeavors without professional assistance. Just make sure to cross off "appearing in court on behalf of a corporation" as one of those activities.An article on allbusiness.com asks...
Kudos to Michigan attorney Gary Nitzkin for a very interesting addition to his excellent Michigan Collection Law Blog in which he comments on a recent Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decision (Sayyed v Wolpoff and Abramson) addressing the extent to which the FDCPA applies to attorneys...
This is a blog post about litigants using blogs and websites.I know, the whole ironic, self-conscious thing is so 1990s, but this topic was too good to pass up.The Wall Street Journal Law Blog has an oh-so-interesting discussion about the recent trend of litigants using blogs and websites as part...
Let's review - the time to work on a succession plan is now, not after the death or disability of a business owner. The key, though, is not just putting a plan on paper, but crafting a plan that will meet the practical challenges of arranging for an orderly and effective transfer of ownership and...
Commercial mail that continues to be addressed to someone who has died can be a source of ongoing difficulty for those who continue to receive the unwanted mail.Put an end to the problem by registering the deceased person’s information online on the Direct Marketing Association’s Deceased Do Not...