Author: Liza Ann Esquenda

Legal Checklist for New Parents

Everyone knows that babies come with a lot of responsibility. But did you also know that they come with a lot of legal paperwork? From the moment you find out you are expecting, or start the adoption process, there are documents that you need to fill out, file, register with...

Is your child ready to be left home alone?

As children get older, all parents eventually face the question of “Is my child ready to stay home alone?” Whether it is for a few minutes after school, or for an hour while mom and dad run a quick errand, this is a big decision for both parent and child....

Parenting from the Grave – Incentive Trusts

When you sit down to discuss your estate plan with your spouse and attorney, it is important to decide not only how your loved ones will receive your assets, but also why. Most of us choose to think that our heirs will be responsible enough to handle any inheritance we...

A Mom’s Guide to Launching a New Business

Opening a business as a woman, and as a mom comes with its own set of challenges as well as profitable opportunities.  If you are a mom who wants to start a business you are in luck.  There are countless home business ideas moms can peruse ranging from starting their...

Legal Corner: What Will Happen to your Digital Property After Your Death?

How do you protect digital assets in the event of incapacity or death?  What exactly is a digital asset?  A digital asset is any form of electronic data, along with the right to use that data.  Some examples of digital assets include:  online banking and financial accounts, virtual currency accounts,...

Grandparent Visitation Rights in Michigan

In Michigan, when grandparents are denied access to their grandchild they can petition the court for grandparent visitation rights.  The process can be an uphill battle because there are restrictions on their ability to do so successfully.  The biggest obstacle to grandparents petitioning for visitation rights is that parents have...

Three Legal Documents Your College Freshman Needs

Preparing to send a child off to college is an action packed marathon.  Starting with summer grad parties, last minute doctor visits for vaccines, hiccups like forgetting to register for parent orientation, to numerous trips to Ikea, the months leading up to the first day of class are filled with...

Unaccompanied Minors: Children Flying Solo

Many airlines provide accommodations for the anxious parent to ensure their child’s safety when flying and traveling by themselves.  Surprisingly, there is no single set of applicable regulations concerning children flying alone.  Instead, the Aviation Consumer Protection Division of the Department of Transportation sites general rules and procedures for U.S....

Is Spanking Legal in Michigan?

These days spanking is widely viewed by many modern parents as an outdated and ineffective disciplinary method.  Since falling out of favor with younger parents, many mistakenly assume state legislation prohibiting corporal punishment in schools also applied limitations to parental spanking.  In reality, the old doctrine of spare the rod,...

5 Estate Planning Resolutions to Make (and Keep!) in 2017

Are you making New Year’s resolutions to kick start 2017?  Here is an idea you probably haven’t considered: resolve to get your legal documents in order.  If you are like most people, updating legal documents is more likely at the bottom of your to-do list, than at the top. You...

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