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Attorney Renee C. Walsh

Illegal Debt Collection Practices

What are illegal debt collection practices?¬† A frequent inquiry involves the question of creditors and what they can say to the debtor or to third parties about the debt they are trying to collect. More generally, the issue is what can they legally … [Read more]

Landlord-Tenant Law every Michigan Renter Should Know

Landlord and tenant / renter must be aware of the laws governing all aspects of the landlord and tenant relationship. The most important of these laws are: The Truth in Renting Act, MCL 554.631 to 641 The Landlord-Tenant Act, MCL 554.601 … [Read more]

Deadline for Filing Lawsuit – Statute of Limitation

The statute of limitation for a particular action is the time allowed by statute for bringing litigation on that particular subject matter. The various Michigan statutes of limitation are set forth below. For other states, consider searching the … [Read more]

Public Utilities and Consumer Rights – Michigan

Did you know that Consumers Energy can transfer a debt from another consumer's account to yours and if payment is not made, a shut off notice will follow? What should you do you do in this situation? The public utilities are governed by several … [Read more]

Getting Sued for a Debt that is “Charged Off”

If you have a delinquent debt, after some time it will show up on your credit report as "charged off". A frequent inquiry is "what does this mean" and can I still be sued for it? "Charge off" does not mean the debt has been canceled. You still owe … [Read more]

17-year-old Runaways: Not “Adults”, Not “Juveniles”, And Not “Children” – Michigan Law Leaves Parents Helpless

Wow, this is really interesting how Michigan laws treat 17-year-old runaways. They are not an "adult", not a "juvenile" and also not a "child" under Michigan law. What are they then, and when they run away, can Michigan Law provide the authority for … [Read more]

Medical Treatment of Pregnant Minor

Inquiry: Hello, I have a very urgent question regarding medical treatment of pregnant minor that I need answered as soon as possible. If a 17-year-old is pregnant, and decides to move away from her parents, what can she do about doctor … [Read more]

Waiver of Jurisdiction in Juvenile Court – Don’t be Tried as an Adult

A prosecutor in a juvenile criminal matter, may motion the juvenile court to waive jurisdiction over a juvenile age 14, 15, or 16, thereby handing jurisdiction over to the circuit court of general jurisdiction. The¬†juvenile court then finds whether … [Read more]

Teen Marriage – At what age can teenagers marry?

Teenagers these days are empowering themselves with information. They want to know what their rights are. I recently had an inquiry about when a pregnant teen could get married. As a general rule, unless the teen is age 18, the custodial parent's … [Read more]

Runaway to Iowa

Inquiry: "Hi, my girlfriend is 17. She feels like her parents mistreat her (and I agree) and are not allowing her to leave. My parents and I want her to come live with us until our apartment lease starts in August. I live in Iowa. Can differences in … [Read more]