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Who Really Owns Your Property?

Posted By Andrew Balzer on April 2, 2019

Do you know where the property line between you and your neighbor is? Is it marked by a fence, a tree, or a rock? Do you just guess as to its actual location? If this sounds like your situation, you may be risking losing part of your property through a doctrine called adverse possession. Or, alternatively, you may be entitling your neighbor to use a portion of your property through the similar doctrine of easement by prescription. The doctrine of adverse possession is older than the United States. It was first recognized in ancient Rome and later codified by statute in England in 1623. The reasoning for the doctrine was simple. If a landowner was not tilling his land and providing resources for society, then it was deemed the

New Paid Medical Leave Law in Michigan

Posted By Andrew Balzer on March 11, 2019

The Michigan legislature has passed the Paid Medical Leave Act. The Legislature adopted 2018 PA 369 on December 4, 2018, and Governor Snyder signed the legislation into law on December 13, 2018. The bill will take effect in March 2019. Under the new law, employers with 50 or more employees are now required to provide at least 40 hours of paid medical leave. For every 35 hours an employee works, they are entitled to 1 hour of paid medical leave. An employer may limit an employee to earning only 1 hour of paid medical leave in a week, and an employee only has to be allowed to earn a maximum of 40 hours in a year. In addition, an employee may carry over up to 40 hours of accrued but unused paid medical leave time, but an employer

New Minimum Wage Law in Michigan

Posted By Andrew Balzer on January 31, 2019

The Michigan legislature has amended the Minimum Wage Law in Michigan. The Legislature adopted 2018 PA 368 on December 4, 2018, and Governor Snyder signed the legislation into law on December 13, 2018. The bill will take effect in March 2019. Under the new law, the minimum wage employers will be required to pay their employees will increase each year until 2030, as long as the unemployment rate in Michigan does not rise above 8.5% during any preceding year. Assuming unemployment stays beneath the 8.5% mark, the minimum wage increases will be the following: End of March, 2019: $9.45/hour January 1, 2020: $9.65/hour January 1, 2021: $9.87/hour January 1, 2022: $10.10/hour January 1, 2023: $10.33/hour January 1,

How does the Department of Transportation Repair Claims Process Work?

Posted By Leslie Card on January 9, 2019

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has jurisdiction over state trunkline (M, I, or US route), not local or county roads. Thus, if your car is damaged on a state truckline, due to the condition of the road condition you can submit a claim to MDOT. If you have a claim for repair on a county or local road you will have to contact your local officials. To file a claim for damages, an individual must fill out a form on MDOT’s website, have the form notarized, and attach any supporting documentation that you possess. The document must then be submitted to the individuals regional MDOT office. If the claim is under $1,000 it will be investigated (claims over $1,000 must be litigated). MDOT states that the investigation

Why it is important to find the time to plan your estate?

Posted By Leslie Card on December 20, 2018

Nobody wants to contemplate their death, but it is important to take control of your estate plan before it is too late. Estate plans help to maintain your wishes. If you want certain people to get certain assets you can designate them to individuals. Further, estate planning is not just about money. When you are planning your estate, you can list potential guardians for minor children, designate a patient advocate to make medical decision when you are unable too, and appoint a Power of Attorney to act as your agent. Creating a Trust or a Will can help to quell the internal fighting between children after the death of their parent, because without such documentation regarding the distribution children may succumb to anger over