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  • Do you think I have a case and I'm looking for a good lawyer can you recommend one

    Ex girlfriend signed a agreement that we would alternate years claiming our daughter for tax purposes, I had the agreement notarized but never filed a motion to add the agreement to our custody agreement. That was in 2011 I just found out that she...

    Steven’s Answer

    Unfortunately for you, such an agreement needed to be in the form of a court order signed by the Judge who granted the divorce. State courts have no authority to issue orders awarding the child tax exemption unless the parties agree.

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  • Can I end my lease because of the violation of the lease and not have to find a subleaser

    I currently have a lease, but my roommate is constantly blaring music and other things which interrupts my sleep schedule. In our lease it states that all roommates will be respectful and courtesy of others sleep schedule. I have talked to him lik...

    Steven’s Answer

    You must look to the lease to see what circumstances, if any, you are allowed to terminate your lease agreement with your landlord. Usually, any conduct specified in a lease to allow a tenant to terminate the lease deals with the conduct of the landlord and not a co-tenant

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  • Am I a de facto parent if I've lived with and helped parent my partner's 4 kids from a previous marriage for the past 8 years?

    My partner and I, while not married, are in a long-term, committed relationship. She has physical and joint legal custody of her 4 kids from a previous marriage, who live with us. Can I be considered a de facto parent if I've helped parent the kid...

    Steven’s Answer

    My understanding regarding current Michigan Law is the only way you can achieve the status you are looking for is if you marry your partner, and then, if other factors are met such as the non-custodial parent has had no contact with the child and has not paid child support for 6 years, then you would be in a position to file a petition for step-parent adoption with the Probate Court.

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  • Will my boyfriend's child support payments increase if the custodial parent(mother) remarries and has another child on the way?

    We've always been 50/50 in supporting their 3 yr old until she, his ex, enforced child support in Sept 2015 because she's pregnant and due in Jan 2016. I found out she's remarrying this weekend and they have a continued court hearing 12/16/15 to ...

    Steven’s Answer

    Factors which affect child support payments are the number of overnights a parent has with the children, any change of income of either parent which would result in a 10% change, and if the parent paying child support has more or fewer children he/she is supporting.

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  • How can I get out of my lease if my landlord has failed to comply to the counties house codes? What are the steps I need to take

    house is in Lansing , MI the city of Lansing has placed a red tag on the door stating that the house is unsafe to live in . how can I go about this so I can get out of my lease . Also can I get money back since the house was not up to date ?

    Steven’s Answer

    You have been evicted because the house is not up to code, You have no obligation to pay rent as long as the house is red tagged. Read your lease to see wht constitutes termination of the tenancy. If you paid rent for the month and had to move prior to the end of the month, you should be able to sue in small claims court for the pro rata amount of rent you paid but not able to occupy

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  • I hired a Attorney to evict a renter and the Attorney filed paperwork under a stranger name at another unknown address to house.

    The eviction notice served to the court is for someone I never heard of at a residence in the middle of nowhere. Just an address and a field full of trees, I am beside myself and afraid of the lawyer I hired to represent me. What can I do the la...

    Steven’s Answer

    You can sue for money damages without having obtained a Judgment of possession on the basis the tenant abandoned the property. Depending on how much you are claiming in damages, you might file the matter in small claims court

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  • Attorney sends bill after 5 1/2 years!

    In 2007, I called an attorney to represent my son for a DUI. I received a bill for app: $400.00 in 2007 and paid it. This last weekend, I received a bill for $250.00 for services from 2007. This was the first bill during the past 5 1/2 years. I ca...

    Steven’s Answer

    Regardless of whether you had a written contract, the question is whether it is an installment agreement. If it is, the the attorney can collect within 6 years of the last payment.

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  • I was injured in an auto accident. The case settled up to the date of settlement. Can I get still get medical?

    The insurance company says the medical claim in closed. But I need surgery and an MRI still to be done. Should the insurance company pay my medical bills still? Or do I need to pay out of my pocket and then sue for the expenses? (I dont have money...

    Steven’s Answer

    What type of case did you settle? Did you settle a claim against the driver of the other car for your injuries? Did you settle a case against your insurance company for your medical expenses? Did you settle a workers compensation case. In any event, I agree you need to get clarification from your attorney about the terms of your settlement agreement if you do not understand the language contained in your settlement agreement

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  • What will be the outcome on a person that has three DUI's withing a three month period?

    The first DUI was in 2003 and nothing for the next 9 years, then three DUI's within 3 months in 2012. He showed up to court on the first and second, the judge said he would do both cases at one hearing. He gave my son time to hire an attorney and ...

    Steven’s Answer

    Hire an attorney immediately. Your son is looking at a felony charge i.e. possible prison

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  • What is impaired driving charge?

    I've heard of drunk driving ( >0.08), super drunk (>0.17). what's the BAC range for impaired driving?

    Steven’s Answer

    Agree with above, but anything less than .08 could be considered as evidence of impaired in conjunction with the officers visual observations

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