Daily Briefs, August 30

Gov. appoints assistant AG to serve as state public administrator
Gov. Rick Snyder last week appointed Assistant Attorney General Michael Moody to serve as the state public administrator.

With this appointment, Moody will take on the additional responsibility of administering estates of deceased persons when there is no known family member or guardian to perform this duty.

“Michael Moody is a valuable member with the attorney general’s office and will play an important role as the state public administrator.  His knowledge and expertise in the legal field is vital to the service he will provide our state,” Snyder said.

Moody, of Williamston, has 16 years of experience working in the State Attorney General’s office where he has spent much of his time with the Special Litigation Unit. He also worked for the Labor Division and the Public Employment and Elections Division. Moody previously practiced law with Cohl, Stoke & Toskey, and the Michigan Court of Appeals. He serves on the Williamston city council. He earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Michigan State University and a law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

Legal Aid meeting on land-contract scams rescheduled to Sept. 24
Legal Aid and Defender Association (LAD) has rescheduled a free public meeting to warn and educate residents of Detroit and Wayne County about the dangers of purchasing homes on land contracts.

Originally scheduled for Aug. 27, the meeting is rescheduled to Saturday, Sept. 24, at Plymouth United Church of Christ, 600 E. Warren Ave., one block east of the Chrysler Expressway.

Currently, LAD is representing victims of what appears to be a major residential property scam in the city and the county. Out-of-state companies appear to be in the business of buying thousands of foreclosed homes for as little as a dollar each, then selling them to residents on land contracts for thousands of dollars without informing purchasers about past-due property taxes, utility bills or other liens on the homes that become the responsibility of the new owners.

LAD has filed a lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court in such a case claiming damages of more than $25,000 and is preparing to file additional lawsuits on behalf of other purchasers of these land contracts.

For additional information, call (877) 964-4700 or visit www.ladadetroit.org.

Holiday Hours
Please be advised that the Wayne County Probate Court will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 5 and will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 8 a.m.

The Third Circuit Court Civil, Criminal and Family Divisions will be closed Monday, Sept. 5 in observance of Labor Day.
All branch offices and the Office of the Great Seal will close on Monday, Sept. 5 in observance of Labor Day.  Secretary of State SUPER!Centers normally offer Saturday hours but will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 3.

The Department of State mails notices to motorists 45 days before their driver’s license or license plates expire to give them ample time to renew.  Licenses and plates that expire on a day when state offices are closed, such as a holiday or weekend, can be renewed the following day without penalty. 

Visit the Branch Office Locator at www.Michigan.gov/sos to find a local Self-Service Station.