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Ronald Greve’s Answers

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  • I need to get my drivers license back or at least a restricted license so i can go to work. how do i do this?

    it is currently expired & suspended. i would like to hire someone to help me with traffic matters in oakland county.

    Ronald’s Answer

    This depends on when and why you were suspended. At a minimum, you would need to clear up any pending traffic matters. If the suspension relates to drunk driving charges, there may not be anything that can be done. There are minimum suspensions that must be served before you are even allowed to apply for reinstatement.
    You need to get a certified copy of your driving record from the Secretary of State. This will show what needs to be done and whether a Circuit Court appeal is even possible. The jurisdiction of the Circuit Court has been severely limited by fairly recent legislation.
    Please call if you would like to discuss this further.

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  • What is the laws for medicating children under the age of 5 years old. Is there a process that has to take place?

    My grandson has been on heavy duty meds at the age of 2 years old. At his mother's request, by their MD. No counseling, no pysch ever looked at him. Because she never had schedules, or put him in pre-school (he was a car baby and she couldn't s...

    Ronald’s Answer

    Unless there is abuse or neglect, the parents have the absolute right to decide what medical treatment a child will receive. Since this child appears to be under the care of a licensed physician, there does not appear to be anything that you can do.

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  • Is money received from a trust, where most of the money was in mutual funds, taxable as ordinary income to me as the beneficiary

    We are being told that all of the money I receive from the trust will have to be declared as income in the year I receive that disbursement.

    Ronald’s Answer

    You don't give enough information to provide a definitive answer. Whether or not a distribution is taxable depends on the character of the distribution. If this is a distribution from an IRA, 401k or similiar account, then the entire amount is taxable as ordinary income. (It would be unusual to put these sorts of funds in a trust because you lose the ability to "stretch" the distribution.)

    If this is a distribution of post death earnings from the trust, then the amounts would be taxable as ordinary income or capital gains, depending on the character of the income as received by the trust.

    If this is a distribution of principal from the trust, this should not be taxable since the trust receives a stepped up basis as of the date of death.

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  • Can I legally drop out of school in Michigan at the age of 15 for religious purposes?

    Does this fringe on my constituional rights?

    Ronald’s Answer

    There is an old U.S. Supreme Court case, Wisconsin v. Yoder, 406 U.S. 205 (1972), which exempted an Amish community from the State's compulsory attendance laws. This Amish community believed that a person only needed enough education to be able to read the Bible. Further education would only subject the child to the corrupting influences of the larger society.

    It is possible that this case would apply to other religious communities. However, the facts in Yoder were very unusual and it is not clear how far the ruling will extend. Several courts have rejected challenges where individuals claimed that their personal religious convictions prevented them from attending public school.

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  • I have filed a lady bird deed prior to my father's death and after he died the deed allowed me to keep the house and get the

    deed in my name, 10 months later I'm getting a notice of intent to file claim against my father's estate. The questionaire is asking if my father owned a home at the time of death, how should I answer this and why am I getting this now?

    Ronald’s Answer

    Was your father in a nursing home and receiving Medicaid? You don't say who the notice is from, but I am guessing it is from the State of Michigan. Michigan has adopted something called estate recovery which means that the State can make a claim against the probate estate to recover amounts paid by Medicaid after the aid recipient has died.

    Since you have a Ladybird Deed, there is no probate estate and nothing for the State to recover against. I do not believe that you have any obligation to answer the questionaire.

    Ron Greve

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  • If I am working on a prevailing wage job is it legal for my employer to hold that money until I reach 59? I live in Michigan.

    My employer says that on a prevailing wage job I will be paid my regular wages and the added hourly wages will be held until I reach 59 1/2 years old. I am wondering if this is legal.

    Ronald’s Answer

    Michigan has a law called the Payment of Wages and Fringe Benefits Act which essentially requires that all wages be paid currently. Do you have a retirement program such as a 401k plan? If so, a portion of your wages can be paid into the plan and you can begin making withdrawals without penalty at age 59 1/2. Otherwise, I don't know what theory your employer may be relying on.
    Ron Greve

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