Newburg Law Blog

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....

What Can … And Should … You Do When You’re Pulled Over?

by: Matt Newburg

January 26, 2016 at 10:27 AM EST

There have been numerous incidents lately where drivers have been pulled over by law enforcement and the situation has escalated, with unfortunate results. One recent case is that of Sandra Bland, who was found dead in a Texas jail cell three days after a routine traffic stop. 

Situations like these are a reminder of why drivers need to know their legal rights when they’re pulled over. What is — and what is not — legally permissible for the officer and the driver to do?

First and...

Custody, Support & Parenting-Time Order Properly Entered Without Mother’s Signature

by: Matt Newburg

January 26, 2016 at 10:22 AM EST

A custody, child support and parenting time order based on the parties’ signed mediation agreement was properly entered by the trial judge, even though the mother disavowed the agreement and refused to sign the order, the Michigan Court of Appeals has decided.

In Kleinjan v. Carlton, the parties had a child together, but were not married. The father filed a complaint requesting legal and physical custody of the child, child support and supervised parenting time for the mother. The parties and their...

Holmes Youthful Trainee Act (HYTA)

by: Matt Newburg

March 4, 2015 at 8:52 AM EST

Being charged with a felony in Michigan is life changing.  The significance is compounded when someone receives felony charges when they are relatively young.  The Holmes Youthful Trainee Act or HYTA can minimize the collateral consequences of a felony charge if the criminal defendant successfully completes their probation in Michigan.

Any criminal defense law firm and any top Michigan criminal defense attorney understands the HYTA statute and the benefits their client will...