Columns

A mediator's perspective on probate and trust resolution

March 16, 2017

Edmund Sikorski Jr. This article is intended to build on previous articles enumerating the benefits of mediating probate and trust disputes by discussing the process from a mediator’s viewpoint, noting both best practices and common pitfalls on the part ...

Spring cleaning: more than dust bunnies

March 16, 2017

Edward Poll BridgeTower Media Newswires Spring is finally here. And during spring, you can’t escape those killer dust bunnies. They lurk in corners, growing larger and more ominous with time. And eventually, no matter how frightening, you have to deal ...

An 'affair' to remember for defendant

March 16, 2017

By Marie E. Matyjaszek A new published case has come out from the Michigan Court of Appeals – Rodene Cassidy v. Robert Cassidy Jr., which was decided January 10, 2017 (Michigan Court of Appeals Docket Nos. 328004; 328024 and 333319). It details a salacious ...

Is a provision of Michigan's Civil Rights Actunconstitutional?

March 16, 2017

Louis Eble Louis B. Eble, PLLC The Michigan Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act of 1966 ("ELCRA") is Michigan's version of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, but with a broader scope of protection. The ELCRA prohibits discrimination on the basis of ...

Mediator-arbitrator conduct after arbitration and mediation

March 16, 2017

Lee Hornberger An interesting decision by the Michigan Court of Appeals demonstrates the ethical challenges posed by long standing, close relationships between attorneys and the arbitrators and mediators they select. Hartman v Hartman, unpublished opinion ...

Parenting time schedules and best interests of the child

March 16, 2017

Henry?Gorbein In Michigan we are governed by the best interests of the child statute which looks at 12 factors for the court to follow when there is a child custody or parenting time dispute. In the vast majority of divorces or paternity cases where custody ...