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Your Will and Your Divorce: Protecting Your Legacy

If you’re contemplating or in the middle of a divorce, your Will is probably not the first thing you think of. But it’s a crucial part of your divorce planning, and doing so early is essential for protecting your assets and ensuring your wishes are honored. If you don’t have a Will and you’re getting […]

Your Bank Accounts and Your Divorce

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For many people that come to The Smart Law Group to talk about divorce financial worries are at the forefront. Because especially if you’ve been married to a controlling spouse, abuser or a narcissist, you may not have control over your share, or even your own personal finances. So safeguarding your financial well-being becomes as […]

What Happens to a Business during a Divorce in Michigan

Navigating through a divorce can be a complex and emotionally taxing process, especially when a business is involved. For small business owners in Michigan, understanding how a divorce can impact their business is crucial for planning and protecting their interests. In this article, we’ll explore the nuances of how a business is treated during a […]

Your First Call to a Divorce Lawyer in Michigan

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People have told us that the hardest part of their entire divorce process was making that FIRST call to a divorce lawyer in Michigan. That’s understandable because it’s SUCH a big first step. But that first call is the beginning of clarity. The first part of the solution. The action item that will move you […]

Are You Married to a Narcissist? Understanding the Emotional Maze

Married to a Narcisist

Being married to a narcissist or living with a spouse who exhibits narcissistic traits can be perplexing and emotionally devastating. Such relationships often bring a unique set of challenges that can affect your mental health and overall well-being. If you’re reading this because you suspect your spouse is a narc, you know this already! Below, […]

Your Divorce and Your Inheritance

Divorce and your interitance

Inheritance Issues in Divorce A common question in many divorces is: “what is going to happen with the inheritance?”. Those questions usually fall into three categories: (1) the inheritance that was received before the marriage; (2) the inheritance received during the marriage, and (3) the inheritance that might be received in the future. Special rules […]

Divorce, Retirement, SSIPs and 401Ks in Michigan

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Different companies have different retirement plans, so it is important to understand the retirement benefits that are available and that have been accumulated during a marriage to determine their proper division in a divorce.  The following are two examples of retirement benefits that are available with two of the largest employers in Michigan. Ford Motor […]

What is your “real” question?

It’s more than just answers, it’s a conversation.  It’s more than just a conversation, it’s communicating. It’s easy to answer your questions.  It’s easy to have an answer for everything.  However, the best part of answering questions for you is knowing what questions to ask you.  You haven’t done this before.  You aren’t supposed to […]

Counseling, Therapy and Parenting Time

It is in the best interest of a child to have a strong relationship with both of his or her parents however, the right to parenting time is not absolute… yes, that is Michigan law.  The Court has a broad range of “tools” to protect the “best interest” and safety of minor children.  Counseling and […]

Good Information and Smart Choices

You have questions.  You need answers.  You deserve answers. One of the biggest problems people have when they are forced to think about the possibility of divorce is the lack of information.  Far too often, people rely on friends, family and sometimes even strangers for advice because they are afraid to call an attorney.  Many […]