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Family law and inheritance -- protect yourself in divorce

Parents often think long and hard about the best inheritances to leave to their children. The last thing on their mind might be that their child's inheritance could be compromised during a divorce. For the most part, Michigan family law treats inheritances as separate property that is not to be included during asset division. However, individuals should still take precautions to ensure that they do not inadvertently jeopardize their inheritance.

How even a simple will is better than nothing

There are many reasons that people in Michigan decide not to draft wills. Perhaps they think they do not have enough money or assets to make it worthwhile. Instead, they tell family members of their intentions (for example, Joe gets the wooden toys, and Helen gets the dolls). Or maybe they have taken a look at the state's laws for intestacy succession, and these laws more or less line up with what their will would say anyway.

Make sure your prenup complies with Michigan family law

From a young age, many people in Michigan already have an idea of what they want their marriage to be like. However, these plans usually have more to do with flowers, music and locations than something much more important -- financial security. Prenuptial agreements are an invaluable part of family law that allows individuals to protect their personal assets in the event that a marriage does not last.

Special considerations for mental illness in Michigan family law

Mental illness can put tremendous stress on families, and for some, it might be the breaking point. If a spouse feels at risk or genuinely unhappy because of a significant other's ongoing mental health issues, ending the marriage can be an understandably healthy decision. However, there are family law implications in Michigan that can affect how the divorce may proceed.

Drugged driving tests could affect your criminal defense needs

Drivers usually understand that they might be asked to submit to a Breathalyzer or blood test if pulled over for suspected drunken driving, but a new program could have officers asking for something else. At least one Michigan county is launching a one-year program that allows officers to administer saliva tests during traffic stops. This could have serious implications for criminal defense plans.

DUI criminal defense unlikely to be affected by expiring law

The legal blood-alcohol limit for driving in Michigan is .08, the same as many other states across the rest of the United States. This similarity in legal limits is not a coincidence, as federal funding for state highway needs are tied to keeping the BAC limit for driving at .08. Although this limit is set to expire soon, it is unlikely that it will affect the criminal defense for those accused of drunk driving.

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