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…

Signs your case succeeded – even if it doesn’t feel like it

The title for this blog is plucked from a recent Huron Valley networking meeting education moment presented by well-known local realtor Norm Werner. He referred to a blog by Travis Bradberry who wrote, “Real success is about who you are and how far you’ve come. If you ever worry that you’re not as successful as you should be, you may be evaluating yourself against the wrong criteria. Sometimes you just need a reminder as to what you’ve really accomplished in life” in an Entrepreneur blog, “Signs you’re successful – even if it doesn’t feel like it.” The blog goes on 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…

Body Language Cues Give Advantage in Legal Cases

Learning how to effectively read Body Language cues may help at work and at home. Many people are aware that body language gives insight to a person’s thoughts. Being aware of a person’s motivations can help interpret their emotions and encourage better interactions. A recent UCLA study shows just how much of an impact body language has on interpersonal relations. According to Dr. Travis Bradberry, “Only 7% of communication is based on the actual words we say. As for the rest, 38% comes from tone of voice and the remaining 55% comes from body language. Learning how to become aware 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…

Legal Retainers: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Paying a Lawyer There are about as many variations on legal retainers as there are attorneys. Kathryn Wayne-Spindler has seen them all in her 21 years of law practice with many different firms. After experiencing the upsides and downsides of many law payment structures, she has arrived at what she believes is the most efficient and cost-effective retainer system – the Refundable Retainer. Refundable Legal Retainers In this system, the lawyer confers with the client to explain the action required in the case and the predicted cost. Then the client transfers an upfront sum – either the predicted total or 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…