Schmeltzer Law Blog

When young parents die, what happens to their children?

Part of preparing an estate plan is choosing who will raise your children in your absence. Normally the surviving parent will become a minor child’s sole custodian (there are limited circumstances when this would not occur, but that is [...]

Why do I need an estate plan?

Whether you are 72 years old, enjoying retirement, or 22 and looking for that first “real” job, proper estate planning is critical. It is the cornerstone of long-term financial management and the road-map for generational wealth transfer—but there are [...]

What can I expect when I meet with a Divorce Attorney for the first time?

If you have never met with an attorney before, your initial meeting to discuss divorce (whether to file or if your spouse has already filed) can be daunting, nerve-wracking, confusing ... you name it.  It is important to keep [...]

How much will this cost me?

At the outset of any divorce case comes the big “how much will this cost me?” question. It is a completely fair question, and one I would ask myself.  It’s the same reason we look for a price sticker [...]

Does gender play a role in child custody battles?

Does a mother have a better chance at winning a custody battle, or does a father? Do the children’s ages matter? Or the children’s gender? Pursuant to Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL) 722.23, a court will consider the sum total [...]

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