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Attorney Renee C. Walsh

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]

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┬ájuvenile 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]