February 2018 Archives

The power of powers of appointment

It is not a closely held secret that estate planning and probate in Michigan are complicated. However, some key tools corollary to the process might help individuals avoid the most frustrating and confusing legal procedures surrounding inheritance and long-term wealth management.

How Are Child Custody Decisions Made?

Determining child custody is one of the toughest decisions people will have to make during their divorces. For all custody cases, the best interests of the children at the center of the case will factor heavily, as illustrated by The Spruce. While parents may differ on how exactly custody should be handled, courts usually consider the following when making a decision.

Understanding the 20/20/20 rule

As a military spouse, you have likely come to rely on the many benefits you and your family enjoy in Battle Creek due to your spouse's service. Yet such benefits do not make military marriages immune to hardships. Many have come to us here at Vandervoort, Christ & Fischer, P.C. after having seen those hardships bring an end to their marriages with concerns over whether their access to military benefits would continue. If you find yourself in the same position, then understanding what to expect following your divorce can help you in planning your post-separation life. 

Know when a police officer must read Miranda rights

We can thank years of police procedural television shows for the public's basic knowledge of their Miranda rights. They can protect several rights of a suspect, but it is important to understand the limitations of these rights and the instances when an officer must read and when the officer may not.

What is a domestic asset protection trust?

In 2017, Michigan became the 17th state to adopt a law that enables residents and property owners to establish domestic asset protection trusts. For those with a lot to lose, a DAPT can help protect a lot of their assets from being lost.

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