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…

Free Legal Consultation Actually FREE

In our society, people are so used to potential scams and criminal phishing schemes that when it comes to the word “free” they are instantly on guard. In most instances, it’s wise to follow the old idiom, “there is no such thing as a free lunch.” But in the case of the Kathryn Wayne-Spindler & Associates free legal consultations – free actually means free…just no food included. Commerce Family Lawyer Offers Free Legal Consultation Clients who have seen our advertisements or blogs offering a free legal consultation, sometimes call the office wanting to know how much they have to put down 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…

Low Cost Divorce on a Budget

Save big bucks by keeping it civil There are entire sections of bookstores devoted to weddings on a budget. The advice ranges from baking your own cake to borrowing a dress. Everybody knows that modern American weddings are not cheap. “Couples that live in Milford, MI Zip Code 48381 spend between $23,045 and $38,408 on average for their wedding,” according to Cost of Wedding website. That said, not everyone has that kind of money for a ceremony and reception so brides and grooms are getting creative about making it happen with limited funds. It only stands to reason then, that many of Continue Reading…

Identity Theft Prevention Tips

More than 12 million citizens have been the victims of Identity Theft already in 2015. Contact the law office of Kathryn Wayne-Spindler & Associates to find out tips for Identity Theft Protection “The 2015 Identity Fraud Study, released by Javelin Strategy & Research, found that $16 billion was stolen from 12.7 million U.S. consumers in 2014, compared with $18 billion and 13.1 million victims a year earlier. There was a new identity fraud victim every two seconds in 2014,” according to the Insurance Information Institute article, “Identity Theft and Cybercrime.” Although these statistics show Identity Theft incidents declining slightly since 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…

What’s in a Name?: Name Change After Divorce

By Christine Long of Kathryn Wayne-Spindler & Associates, PC posted in Divorce on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Divorce is a powerful life change and for many women the decision to keep or change their last name afterward is profound one. There are many considerations for keeping a married name. “Traditionally, it’s lady’s choice for good reason,” New York Times Etiquette blogger Philip Galanes was quoted in a Huffington Post article. “Your ex-wife may have developed her professional reputation using your name and may not want to confuse colleagues or clients by changing it, or she may want to share the same surname with your children.” Connection with Children Of 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…