Blog Archive for February 2016

Can one attorney represent both parties in a divorce?

by: Kristin Arnett

February 19, 2016 at 8:11 AM EST

In situations where both parties want to end their marriage and agree to the settlement terms, the parties often wonder whether they can hire one lawyer to handle the case. This request is usually made to help keep down the legal costs.

The rules of ethics for Michigan attorneys, however, do not permit lawyers to represent both parties in a divorce. 

Michigan Rule of Professional Conduct 1.7 says a lawyer “shall not” represent a client if the representation of that client will be...

Roadside Drug Testing Bills Moving Through Legislature

by: Matt Newburg

February 8, 2016 at 5:13 PM EST

Law enforcement in designated Michigan counties would be able conduct roadside drug testing, including saliva tests, under a measure currently making its way through the state Legislature.

Senate Bills 207 and 434 have already passed the Senate, and are now being taken up by the House. 

Senate Bill 434 would let certain counties establish pilot roadside drug testing programs. The pilot projects would give police officers the authority to swab the mouths of drivers suspected of driving under the...

Do You Know Where Your Will Is?

by: Kristin Arnett

February 6, 2016 at 7:33 AM EST

When the time comes to find a family member’s will, it often turns into an unwanted game of hide-and-seek: the person who has died stashed the original document somewhere, and now others must try and find it.

It’s understandable that people want to keep their wills private. After all, a will contains personal information. 

But the original of a will should not be hidden from everyone. The person for whom the will was drafted and at least one other individual need to know where the will...

Matt Newburg Receives High Recognition from American Institute of Criminal Attorneys

by: Matt Newburg

February 4, 2016 at 8:09 AM EST

Matt Newburg was notified by the American Institute of Criminal ATtorneys (AIOCLA) that he has been nominted as one of the "10 Best" Attorneys for Michigan in the area of Criminal Law.  "It is always an honor and privilege to receive these awards and even more so when the nomination comes from our clients and/or our peers."  In 2013, Michigan Lawyers Weekly nominated Matt as an "Up and Coming Lawyer" and for two consecutive years in a row, he has been named by...

Federal Agency Adds Recommendation for the Reduction of Per Se Drunk Driving Limits to .05 BAC to its “Most Wanted List”

by: Jason Osbourn

February 3, 2016 at 3:56 PM EST

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently voted to add to its “Most Wanted List” goals intended to reduce substance impairment in transportation. This goal includes, among other things, the recommendation that all States reduce blood alcohol content (BAC) limits from .08 to .05. The recommendation was first adopted by the NTSB in 2013 but was only recently added to the NTSB Most Wanted List. Its inclusion on this list does not impact current State or Federal legislation....