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Attorney Renee C. Walsh

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]

Patient Access to Psychiatric Medical Records

Inquiry re Patient Access to Psychiatric Medical Records - HIPAA: A patient sees a psychiatrist for several sessions for diagnosed mental illness requiring treatment. The relationship with the psychiatrist ends poorly. The patient no longer sees the … [Read more]

Unauthorized Recordings – Eavesdropping

Perhaps you have wanted to record a phone conversation or video taped someone in your house, and wondered whether this is permitted by law. Alternatively, perhaps you have been the subject of unauthorized recordings, and want to know your rights. … [Read more]

Title Company Forces Married Persons to Take Title in Spouse’s Name

Inquiry: Can a married women in Michigan own property solely in her name? My daughter is in the process of buying a home in Michigan. The mortgage will be in her name only. The Michigan title company closing the transaction is directing her that if a … [Read more]

Moving a Body from One State to Another After Death

If you want to be buried in a state other than the state of your death, you should become educated about your options. Advanced planning saves your loved ones a lot of trouble and reduces the potential for legal disputes that could arise after … [Read more]

Adverse Possession

Adverse possession regards rights in the land of another. Acquiring property by adverse possession is analogous to acquiring an easement by prescription. To acquire a prescriptive easement, the use must be: open and notorious, adverse and … [Read more]

Dollar General: Possible Scanner Law Violations

A consumer at DOLLAR GENERAL recently informed me that "DOLLAR GENERAL IS NOTORIOUS" for scanner law violations.  When he asks for his price difference and bonus under the Michigan Shopper Reform and Modernization Act, "Scanner Law", they put up a … [Read more]

Dealing With Debt Collectors – “Accord and Satisfaction” or “Payment in Full”

There is a way to control how debt collectors communicate with you and at the same time, lay a foundation for a reduced settlement or an "accord and satisfaction" - "payment in full".  If you use the method, and the collector continues to contact … [Read more]