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Family Law

Family law is a personal and complex area of law that governs family relations. While divorce is the most common family law issue, our Ann Arbor, Michigan family law firm has vast experience in a variety of matters. Faupel Musser Love, P.C. is ideall… Read More

Divorce

Michigan is a no-fault divorce state, which means that neither spouse needs to disclose a reason for the divorce. Only one party, the plaintiff (the spouse who files for divorce), must assert that he or she believes “there has been a breakdown of t… Read More

Legal Custody

One of the most emotional and complex areas of family law is the issue of legal custody. These issues may involve religious upbringing, education decisions, and healthcare choices. A court may award both parents joint legal custody or one parent so… Read More

Parenting Time

Parenting time is what used to be referred to as physical custody or visitation. Michigan law recognizes that it is in the best interests of a child that parenting time occur in a frequency, duration, and type reasonably calculated to promote a st… Read More

Child Support

For qualified representation in Michigan child support matters, turn to a lawyer at Faupel Musser Love, P.C. Our attorneys are highly-experienced advocates, representing the interests of clients in Washtenaw County and throughout southeastern Michig… Read More

Personal Protection Orders

A personal protection order (PPO) is a court order that attempts to stop threats or violence. It may protect you from being hit, threatened, harassed, or stalked by another person. A PPO will help to prevent someone from coming to your home or work.… Read More

Spousal Support

Sometimes known as alimony and/or spousal maintenance, spousal support is the monetary support paid by one spouse to the other in order to maintain the lifestyle to which the spouse had become accustomed during the marriage and/or to meet the needs o… Read More

Property

If you need a lawyer with experience handling a high net worth divorce, you can count on Faupel Musser Love, P.C. In addition to our experience in family law, we have knowledge of corporate, tax, and securities law. When necessary, we will work with… Read More

Custody & Parenting Time

Legal Custody

One of the most emotional and complex areas of family law is the issue of legal custody. These issues may involve religious upbringing, education decisions, and healthcare choices. A court may award both parents joint legal custody or one parent so… Read More

Parenting Time

Parenting time is what used to be referred to as physical custody or visitation. Michigan law recognizes that it is in the best interests of a child that parenting time occur in a frequency, duration, and type reasonably calculated to promote a st… Read More

Child Support

For qualified representation in child support matters, turn to a lawyer at Faupel Musser Love, P.C. Our Ann Arbor child support attorneys are highly-experienced advocates, representing the interests of clients in Washtenaw County and throughout sou… Read More

Third Party Custody & Guardianships

In most child custody matters, the disputes are between the parents themselves. Under some circumstances, however, the disputes may be between one (or both) of the parents and a person who is not the mother or father. The Michigan and U.S. Constituti… Read More

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

Many people choose to sign prenuptial agreements to protect their assets and avoid expensive divorce litigation. To help you meet your financial goals, you need the assistance of a financially savvy lawyer. You can find sophisticated legal representa… Read More

Other Family Law Services

Paternity

Under Michigan law, you need paperwork to become a “legal father.” That means that you have to have one of the following types of documents to secure your legal rights: Order of Adoption, Birth Certificate, Affidavit of Parentage or Order of Fili… Read More

Stepparent Adoptions

A stepparent adoption can take place after a child’s biological parent gets married to a person other than the child’s other biological parent. The new spouse may then petition the court to adopt the child, but the adoption cannot take place unti… Read More

Grandparent Visitation

Some grandparents must request visitation rights from the courts to see their grandchildren. This can happen if their son or daughter is divorced and denied custody or visitation, or if their son or daughter dies. This area of the law is difficult, a… Read More

Immigration Law

Petition for Alien Relative/ Petition for Citizenship

A citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States may file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to establish the existence of a relationship to certain alien relatives who wish to i… Read More

Petition for Green Card

The first step is to determine if you are eligible for a green card. If you are already in the United States, immigrants will adjust their status to a permanent resident to get a green card. If you are outside the United States, immigrants use the co… Read More

Fiancé/Fiancée Visa

The fiancé / fiancée visa is known as the K-1. A K-1 is a nonimmigrant visa that permits a foreign national fiancé / fiancée of a U.S. citizen to travel to the United States to marry the petitioning U.S. citizen sponsor within 90 days of admissio… Read More

Work Visa

A citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa. Temporary worker visas are for people who want to enter the United States for employment lasting a fixed period. All the work visas require the prospective… Read More

Estate Planning & Probate Law

We are here to help you with all of your estate planning and probate needs. Throughout Michigan, people seek out our attorneys because of our comprehensive yet compassionate approach to our clients and their concerns. Read More

Estate Administration

Prenuptial Agreement

Some couples choose to include prenuptial agreements in their estate plans to protect their assets and avoid expensive divorce litigation. To help you meet your financial goals, you need the assistance of a financially savvy lawyer. You can find soph… Read More

Wills

Drafting a Last Will and Testament can help ensure that your property passes to your family and loved ones as you desire and allows you to name a personal representative. This can save your family a lot of stress, confusion and contention in the futu… Read More

Trusts

A trust is an excellent means for transferring your assets after your death. If you only have a will and no trust, after your will is probated, your heirs will receive assets all at once. But a trust can provide for the distribution over time. Trus… Read More

Power of Attorney

Planning for the future includes more than just financial planning. It is also important to provide for health care. The laws surrounding powers of attorney and living wills can be quite confusing. Working with a knowledgeable lawyer is the best way… Read More

Guardianships & Conservatorships

Guardians and conservators are appointed by the Michigan probate court for persons who lack the physical and/or mental capacity to care for themselves and are found to be incapable of caring for themselves or their property. Guardians and conservator… Read More

Guardianships

Guardianships Over Minors A guardian of a minor (child or teenager) has power only over the person or a ward. The Michigan Estates and Protected Individuals Code (EPIC) enunciates specific responsibilities and duties for a guardian of a minor, both f… Read More

Conservatorships

A conservator has broad power to handle all assets and income held on behalf of the protected individual and to make payments from the assets for the health, benefit, and welfare of the protected individual. These include all the powers of a trustee,… Read More

Mediation & Arbitration Services

Faupel Musser Love, P.C. offers mediation, arbitration, and parenting coordination services. The firm can represent clients in mediation or arbitration. We also have attorneys who are trained mediators and can offer parenting coordination service… Read More

Arbitration

Parties can agree to have an impartial arbitrator decide the issues in their case. Michigan statutes MCLA 600.5070 et seq set forth the conditions for arbitration. The arbitrator must be an attorney. Sometimes the rules of evidence are relaxed. Whi… Read More

Mediation

The Michigan Court Rules (MCR 2.411) permit a judge to order mediation in a domestic relations case. Parties can agree to a mediator or pick a mediator from a court-approved list of mediators. Mediators are not required to be attorneys; however, they… Read More

Parenting Coordination

Parenting coordination is a relatively new process. The Michigan Legislature adopted MCLA 722.27c to address parenting coordination, which is now part of the Child Custody Act. Parenting coordination is ordered by the court, but the court can only … Read More

Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)

Often a court will want an objective person to be the “eyes and ears” of the court. The judge decides cases while sitting on the bench in the courtroom. A guardian ad litem, however, can go to someone’s home; go to a school; interview witnesses… Read More

Lawyer Guardian Ad Litem

While a guardian ad litem does not need to be an attorney, there is a class of guardians ad litem who must be an attorney. These guardians are called “lawyer guardians ad litem” or lawyer GALs. When Is a Lawyer Guardian Ad Litem Appointed? The Ju… Read More

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Administrative Law

Trial lawyers work not only in courtrooms. They often represent clients in administrative proceedings, which can include school board meetings; meetings of the Zoning Board of Appeals; hearings regarding unemployment compensation or workers compensat… Read More

Consultation & Expert Witness Services

Sometimes the court or the parties need more information to make decisions in a case. The court can appoint an expert on its own, or the parties can individually or jointly petition for the appointment of an expert. Experts can evaluate mental health… Read More

Business Law

“Business law” describes many areas of law including the formation of a limited liability company (“LLC”), a corporation, a partnership, or a sole proprietorship. A competent attorney can help you to avoid personal liability for business deb… Read More

Corporate & Business Law

You cannot afford to trust your business and corporate law needs to just anyone. This is your livelihood. You need a lawyer with business knowledge and a reputation for excellence. That is why Faupel Musser Love, P.C. is a smart choice. Our Ann Arbor… Read More

Franchise Law

If you are a potential franchisee, you need a lawyer to make sure your interests are protected. Because franchise law can be complex, it is important to work with a business attorney who has experience with this area of law. You can trust the Ann Arb… Read More

Business Mediation

Much like our mediation of family law matters, Faupel Musser Love, P.C. represents business clients looking to resolve business issues through mediation rather than litigation. We are experienced in negotiation tactics which we will employ to help y… Read More

Real Estate

Real estate law covers many issues. It may involve representing a buyer or seller when the real estate is transferred — such as when buying or selling a home. The purchase can require a deed and immediate transfer, or it can involve a land contrac… Read More

Home Purchase

When you buy a house, you sign your name to stacks of legal documents. But do you fully understand each document? Most people do not. That is why you want a lawyer to review the documents for you before your closing. We can identify any issues that m… Read More

Easements

A property easement is a right to use a specific part of a property for a designated purpose. Conditions of an easement may be contained in the property deed or may be established in a separate document to prevent disputes. Types of Easements There a… Read More

Construction Lien Law

Contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers have protection under Michigan construction lien law if they make “actual physical improvements” to real property or real estate (such as a home, other building or land) and are not paid. These people ha… Read More

Restoring Driver's Licenses

The Michigan Secretary of State’s Administrative Hearings Section or the Driver License Appeal Division serves as one of the avenues of appeal for the average driver seeking reinstatement of a license revoked by the Secretary of State for reasons s… Read More

Personal Protection Orders

A personal protection order (PPO) is a court order that attempts to stop threats or violence. It may protect you from being hit, threatened, harassed, or stalked by another person. A PPO will help to prevent someone from coming to your home or work.… Read More

Appeals

You can appeal a court decision if you believe errors were made by the trial court. When you appeal, a higher court reviews the case to determine if legal errors affected the outcome. If the appellate court finds that the trial court made an error, i… Read More

Name Changes

Adult Name Change The procedure for changing a person’s name in Michigan is set forth in MCL 711.1. A person may submit a petition to change his or her name as long as he or she shows sufficient reason for the change and does not seek the change wi… Read More

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