Court Date Smartphone Withdrawal

Here’s the scenario… Your divorce has been in the works for months. As the day of your court appearance nears, you experience intense and mixed emotions that might include relief, vengeance, regret, guilt, fear, elation, or a thousand others that are normal as you approach a big life change. In response you turn to friends across the country for comfort. You search social media for connections to replace your loss. Some nights when worries crowd out dreams, you reach for a mindless game to give your brain a break. Add to that a near constant exchange of emails with your Continue Reading…

Michigan Courts E-file fee updates

There have been some changes recently to court document filing in Michigan. Although most people may not even notice a new Michigan Courts e-file fee, it’s worth an explanation because of the exciting (and possibly at times, frustrating) adjustments that will be taking place in Michigan legal processes in the near future. Electronic court documentation will provide many increased efficiencies. Like all government change, however, there is the potential for some snags as it’s enacted. We will do our best to keep clients informed of the new procedures and additional fees as the process goes forward. Michigan Courts e-file fee “The Continue Reading…

What’s “Suitable” Courtroom Attire?

There was a time when there was no question about courtroom attire because the answer was so obvious – a suit or dress. That’s how people dressed throughout most of history. Men wore suits to the office, to church, for funerals, dances, and even walking the dog. Women wore dresses to work, school, parties and grocery shopping. So when it came time to dress for court, there was no question. But in these times of “Business Casual,” what’s the new standard for courtroom attire? The short-answer, according to Michigan Family Law Attorney Kathryn Wayne-Spindler is, “I advise my clients to wear business slacks Continue Reading…

Courtroom Drama Genre Mythbusting

There are countless examples of Americans’ fascination, bordering on obsession, with courtroom dramas. From the early days of Ally McBeal and LA Law, you saw beautiful people doing interesting work and getting rich in the process. Law and Order spanned two decades. Judge Judy had no shortage of viewers. So we know there is plenty of interest to support the ongoing law-themed entertainment.  As long as it’s seen as the fantasy escape that it is, there’s no harm. The disenchantment comes the first time a litigant sets foot in the courtroom or receives a bill for services. Here are three common courtroom Continue Reading…