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As the start of a new year approaches, time continues to chip, slip away

January 29, 2016

by Tom Kirvan Legal News At a recent legal gathering, where good stories were flowing as readily as the cocktails, I was struck by the number of conversations that were dominated by the vagaries of age. Or as one compatriot said, in borrowing a phrase from ...

Michigan Court of Appeals rules parents cannot disinherit children through a will

January 29, 2016

by Brad Brelinski A recent published opinion from the Michigan Court of Appeals disallowed a parent's attempt to disinherit an adult child through her last will and testament. The case is In re Estate of Shelby Jean Jajuga. The case originated in Clare County ...

Cheeseballs for Everyone!

January 29, 2016

In lieu of working this morning, I decided to stay home and make cheeseballs. Well, not cheeseballs exactly. Cheese dip. But cheeseballs has a better ring to it. When serving food to others, it’s important to have a name that intrigues them: OTHERS ...

Cookies in the Parking Lot

January 29, 2016

I don’t bake much, but recently had an extra bag of Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips and decided to try my hand at cookies. I simply followed the recipe on the back of the bag. Perhaps accidentally, they turned out amazingly delicious. I put them ...

Can restorative criminal justice help boost trust?

January 29, 2016

by Judge Darlene O’Brien Washtenaw County Trial Court With confidence in our criminal justice system at historic lows, can restorative justice practices affect positive change while restoring public trust? It is said that crime creates a negative and ...

ADR Spotlight

January 29, 2016

Negotiating your best settlement Negotiating Your Best Settlement was originally prepared as a set of Top Tips in Ten Minutes for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s Basic and Premium Partner- ships; reprinted with permission. These tips focus ...