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Apr
02
2014

Where is best place to keep proof of insurance and car registration?

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How many of you put your proof of insurance and car registration in your glove box? Why not put them above your visor so you aren't fumbling around looking for them when you get pulled over by the police. Added benefit, they won't spot those incriminating items you also put in your glove box or [Read More...]



Tags: citation criminal evidence misdemeanor search seizure ticket traffic stop
Categories: categoryCriminal Law categoryDriving Violations categoryMiscellaneous



Dec
12
2013

Grandpa is giving money to lots of charities, protective services thinks he needs a conservator appointed, does he?

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How many of you are experiencing this? Call from family. Grandpa is giving money to lots of charities. Not a lot. State is involved wondering if he is being taken advantage of. Children are worried. Can state go to court to have a conservator ? Not if the family had been smart and had a power of [Read More...]



Tags: conservatorship durable power of attorney elder law guardian immediate Power of Attorney
Categories: categoryElder Law categoryEstate Planning categoryFamily Law categoryHealth Care Law categoryMiscellaneous



Nov
12
2013

What does it mean that Kalamazoo decriminalized possession of marijuana?

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I have been getting calls from college students who are charged with possession of marijuana and are being advised it is a misdemeanor with a potential $2,000.00 fine and up to a year in jail. They were under the impression that it was decriminalized in the Kalamazoo area. They are wrong. The City [Read More...]



Tags: City of Kalamazoo criminal law decriminalize misdemeanor possession of drugs possession of marijuana western Michigan university
Categories: categoryCriminal Law categoryDriving Violations categoryMiscellaneous



Oct
19
2013

What can I do if someone hits my car and totals it? How much can I collect from the at fault person?

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Did you know that if you are in an automobile accident and your old car is totaled that you can only collect a maximum of $1000.00 from the at fault person.  As part of Michigan’s No Fault law, you are responsible for insuring your own vehicle for damage.  Once a vehicle gets too old, many people [Read More...]



Tags: automobile accident car accident excess lost wages mini tort Motorcycle accident pain and suffering personal injury truck accident wrongful death
Categories: categoryDriving Violations categoryMiscellaneous categoryPersonal Injury



Aug
14
2013

Do I have a case if not at fault in personal injury or wrongful deathc accident if police put me at fault?

Posted by Rich Migala        0 Comments

Police report states my client at fault.  Try the civil infraction ticket.  Win!  Adjuster now online to resolve claim.  If in accident, and can do so safely, use your smartphone to record the events around you.  Might help later when cars, witnesses, and evidence disappear.  Take a picture of cars, [Read More...]



Tags: at fault automobile accident car accident Motorcycle accident personal injury truck accident wrongful death
Categories: categoryCriminal Law categoryDriving Violations categoryMiscellaneous categoryPersonal Injury



Jul
25
2013

Is my landlord liable if another tenant in another apartment is smoking and causes a fire that destroys all my property?

Posted by Rich Migala        0 Comments

No. You should purchase renters insurance.  Landlords are only liable for the common areas according to the terms of most leases.  Tenants are responsible for their own apartments and its contents.  Ok, last week I talked about renters insurance and how my son's apartment will be insured for $10,000 [Read More...]



Tags: gross negligence negligence personal injury wrongful death
Categories: categoryMiscellaneous



Jul
11
2013

What do I do if a shop owner doesn't have insurance?

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Got a call from someone who took his car in to have the brakes worked on and when he went to get it was told that the mechanic who fixed it took it out on a test drive and wrecked it but it was driveable.  The car owner said "No problem just give me your insurance information".  The shop owner just [Read More...]






Jun
10
2013

do students need a power of attorney

Posted by Rich Migala        0 Comments

Must be the weather.  I had two different people today inquire about durable power of attorney needs.  If you have a student who is going to study abroad you may want to seek legal advise to draft a general power of attorney so you can handle financial and other functions for your child while they [Read More...]



Tags: durable power of attorney general power of attorney Patient Advocate Designation Power of Attorney
Categories: categoryElder Law categoryEstate Planning categoryFamily Law categoryHealth Care Law



May
29
2013

Graduation Parties and social host liability

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Graduation parties are beginning.  Remember that a "social host" is liable if they serve underage drinkers who later cause an accident.  If you are going to serve alcohol you need to monitor who is drinking it.  It is not necessarily a good defense that the host didn't know minors were drinking if [Read More...]



Tags: contributing to the delinquency of a minor felony misdemeanor supplying alcohol to a minor
Categories: categoryCriminal Law categoryDriving Violations categoryMiscellaneous categoryPersonal Injury



Apr
29
2013

Why have insurance companies taken away their adjuster's authority to settle claims?

Posted by Rich Migala        0 Comments

Have a mediation coming up.  Insurance companies seem to need an independent party to tell them that they should pay, and how much they should pay.  I have a defense attorney on one of my personal injury cases who apologized for the insurance company's low offer.  I keep hearing how the insurance [Read More...]



Tags: adjuster insurance company Kalamazoo Kalamazoo County lawsuit personal injury wrongful death
Categories: categoryCriminal Law categoryDriving Violations categoryMiscellaneous categoryPersonal Injury


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