Women in the Law

A Trailblazing Journey: From Sarah Killgore Wertman to Today In their article, A Trailblazing Journey: From Sarah Killgore Wertman to Today, Kristina Bilowus and Nicole M. Smithson discuss the trailblazers who have made the legal field more accessible to and accepting of female attorneys. The article begins with a discussion of Sarah Killgore Wertman, the first woman admitted to practice law in Michigan and goes on to discuss the role of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM) in advancing the interests of female attorneys in Michigan. The article also identifies other major trailblazers such as former WLMA president Judge Continue Reading…

Limited Scope Representation Makes Sense in Michigan

It’s the right time for Limited Scope Representation in Michigan Currently, Michigan Legal Ethics standards do not allow attorneys to represent clients for parts of their cases. In other states, Limited Scope Representation enables clients to get help with just certain parts of their legal matters. For instance, in Missouri, a potential client could handle most of the document filing themselves and only work with an attorney for court appearances. According to the Missouri Lawyers Help article, 7 Things you should know about Limited Scope Representation, “LSR is an efficient way for clients who cannot afford the cost of hiring Continue Reading…

Lying and the Law

A recent National Geographic article, “Why We Lie,” by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee investigates the science behind lying. Since the topic of truth and honesty is central to the legal system, we at Kathryn Wayne-Spindler & Associates decided to look at three ways that all of us can encourage honesty in life and in law. But first, a look at why people lie. Motivations for lying The NG article details how and when humans learn to lie and the reasons for deception. If we’re going to have a chance at curbing untruths in life and law, it’s important for us to understand Continue Reading…

Lawyer Explains Divorce Initiation

Kathryn Wayne-Spindler Answers Question about Divorce Initiation Commerce Township Divorce Lawyer Kathryn Wayne-Spindler explains the Divorce Initiation Process for a West Oakland County Spinal Column Newsweekly Ask An Attorney feature Q: My wife and I have been arguing for years. We’ve tried couples therapy off-and-on. It’s not working and I’m fed up. I need to know how about divorce initiation. What do I do? A: I’m sorry to hear that your marriage has broken down. Even though it’s my job to help people dissolve relationships, I know it’s painful for couples to come to the decision to divorce. Let me say Continue Reading…

Should you hug your family law attorney?

To Hug? Or Not to Hug your family law attorney? That is the question. On the one hand, a family law attorney is a seasoned professional. Someone who went to years of post-graduate school, passed the bar exam and endured years of grueling training. This person is most likely driven, competitive, professional, impressive (possibly even intimidating) and confident. When you hire an attorney, you expect them to be competent and assertive. Some attorneys would be offended at the informality of hugging – or at the very least, the assumption that all women attorneys are huggers. Female attorney, Deanne M. Koll Continue Reading…

Legal Process Expectations

Four Myths of Legal Process Expectations For many first-time legal clients, the legal process can be complex and confusing. Most people don’t have a lot of experience with lawsuits or courtroom behavior. Sometimes people build their expectations of either the outcome, or procedure based on stories from friends, movies, or other unreliable sources. For our new clients, here are four somewhat common myths of legal process expectations and the realistic explanations of what to expect. Commerce Divorce Attorney Explains How Infidelity Impacts Divorce MYTH 1 – Proving infidelity will give an advantage in division of property or alimony. “Judges see hundreds 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…

Be Honest with Your Lawyer

Should You be Honest with Your Lawyer? Yes. It doesn’t matter what legal action you’re involved in, lying to your lawyer (and yes this includes concealing the full truth) can only hurt you. Be honest with your lawyer. In all cases, once a client has obtained the services of an attorney, disclosure of secrets (with a few exceptions that can be explained by the lawyer) are protected by Attorney-Client Privilege. According to the Free Legal Dictionary by Farlex this means, “That privilege that permits an attorney to refuse to testify as to communications from the client. It belongs to the client, Continue Reading…