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Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment – POLST

POLST is an end-of-life planning approach or outlook that emphasizes a dying or critically ill patient’s preference relative to the type of care they receive. The movement is sweeping the country and is currently under active consideration by the Michigan Legislature.
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Cell Phones and Police Searches

Imagine the police have seized your cell phone, obtaining a search warrant for the data stored on the device. In their attempt to retrieve the data, they claim you must provide the password to the phone.
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SCOTUS Requires Warrant for Blood Draw

Earlier this week, the United States Supreme Court, in an 7-1 decision, held that states could not sanction suspected drunk drivers for refusing a warrantless blood draw. Breath samples can still be taken from a driver, however, without a warrant.
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New Domestic Violence Law in Family Court Mediations

Last month, Governor Rick Snyder signed HB 4476 which outlines standards for mediators relative to domestic violence. This new law requires the domestic relations mediator to, “make reasonable inquiry as to whether either party has a history of a coercive or violent relationship with the other party.”
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Tax Considerations in Divorce

Like death, taxes are a part of life; a certainty. When going through a divorce, there are significant tax considerations to take into account when negotiating a property and support settlement.
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