Silly Laws in Michigan – A Case for Cleaning Up Outdated Laws

For those who’ve played the game where you’re given three options of potential silly laws and instructed to choose which one is actually still in effect will understand how attorney Bryan Waldman felt researching his most recent WLNS 6 Legel Edge segment. Despite an effort in 2015 to clean up some outdated laws in Michigan, a few still remain on the books.

Silly Laws in Michigan and the Cussing Canoeist

In 2015, Michigan Legislature pushed for a clean up of some of these outdated laws in Michigan. Up until this time, Michigan banned walkathons and had strict regulations regarding where ...

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St. Patrick’s Day Safety – Michigan Designated Driver Services

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday notoriously celebrated in the United States with the excessive consumption of green beer. In fact, in 2017, MSP reported the most alcohol-related car crashes in Michigan occurred on St. Patty’s Day. For those who choose to go out and celebrate, it’s important to know the risks involved and research available designated driver services in your area to ensure St. Patrick’s Day safety for yourself, your friends, and other Michigan motorists.

Zero-Limit Policy for St. Patrick’s Day Safety

While the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 grams per deciliter of blood, this St. Patrick’s Day, ...

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Michigan Jury Duty Selection Process and What Happens In the Box

American citizens only have a handful of mandatory civic duties and serving on a jury is one of them. While most people dread jury duty, it should be considered an honor. The U.S. Constitution provides for the right to both civil and criminal trial before a jury of our peers. It’s a foundation of our democratic society and we all benefit from this Constitutional right. However, in order for the system to function, we all must contribute. Bryan Waldman recently appeared on WLNS 6 Legal Edge to discuss the Michigan jury duty selection process and what jurors can ...

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Short Term Rentals – What Landlords Should Know Before Listing Their Home

With about 150 million users, Airbnb is taking short term rentals by storm. The ability to stay in someone’s home offers a unique way to feel like a local when traveling as well as an alternative to hotels. However, this type of accommodation raises some legal questions and Grand Rapids personal injury attorney, Tom Sinas, recently appeared on Fox 17 Know the Law to explain more.

Short Term Rentals Up for Debate

In Michigan, local ordinances are allowed to determine whether short term rentals are allowable within city limits or not. While some cities in Northern Michigan, one ...

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What Parents Should Know – Signing a Liability Waiver or Indemnification Agreement

Trips to the local amusement park, sports facility, or other recreational establishment are as much a part of childhood as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. These outings are a fun time for all. However, in the anticipation of such an exciting day, parents don’t pay much attention to the dreaded paperwork they must sign before enjoying these types of activities. And while a cursory glance over the legal jargon and a quick signature may seem harmless, signing a liability waiver, especially one that contains an indemnification agreement, can be anything but harmless. Personal injury attorney, Steve Sinas, recently ...

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How to Access the Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The Michigan Freedom of Information Act, while used widely by news and media outlets, is available to anyone with the purpose of holding government officials accountable. Tom Sinas, Grand Rapids personal injury attorney, recently appeared on Fox 17 Know the Law to explain how and when the public can use it.

Differentiating Between Michigan Freedom of Information Act and Federal FOIA

There are two types of Freedom of Information Acts – one on the federal level and one on the state level. For purposes for this discussion, we are focusing on the Michigan Freedom of Information Act. The purpose ...

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Survivors’ Loss Benefits – Supporting Families Following a Fatal Car Accident in Michigan

Despite overwhelming public debate regarding Michigan’s auto no-fault, there is seldom disagreement regarding one of its greatest and most aspirational benefits –  financial security for families following a tragedy. And that security is most needed in the aftermath of a fatal car accident in Michigan. When Michigan families face such tragedies as the wrongful death of a loved one, our auto no-fault system is there to help. Survivor’s loss benefits, MCL 500.301 et seq, help bridge the financial gap caused by a person’s passing in a fatal car accident in Michigan.

Who Can Claim Survivors’ Loss Benefits

The specific survivors’ ...

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The Hidden and Explosive Dangers of Electronic Cigarettes

E-cigarettes (also known as vape pens, electronic cigarettes, or electronic nicotine delivery systems [ENDS]) were first widely introduced to the U.S. market in 2007. Since then, the popularity of e-cigarettes has grown dramatically—and continues to expand at an incredible pace. As of 2015, an estimated 2,750,000 people use e-cigarettes in the United States. Furthermore, sales of e-cigarette devices and accessories exceed $2.8 billion dollars.However, with such widespread use, the dangers of electronic cigarettes are also hitting the mainstream.

Various medical associations, including the American Medical Association, have expressed concerns about the rapidly growing popularity of e-cigarettes among young high school and ...

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Work Loss Benefits – Michigan’s No-Fault Benefits for Lost Wages Following a Car Accident

Following a severe auto accident, victims are oftentimes too injured to return to work. In these instances, the injured person may be entitled to Work Loss Benefits from their own auto insurance provider. This is a benefit unique to Michigan’s no-fault system. Tom Sinas, Grand Rapids auto accident attorney, appeared on Fox 17’s Know the Law to further explain reimbursement for lost wages following a crash.

No-Fault Benefits at a Glance

We focus a lot on the medical component of no-fault benefits. When someone is injured in a Michigan auto accident, they turn to their own no-fault insurance provider for payment ...

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No-Fault Reform – Beware the Shiny Objects in 2019

No-fault reform was a hot topic in 2018. Despite falling short in last year’s lame duck session, the debate isn’t going anywhere in 2019. Tom Sinas, Grand Rapids car accident attorney and auto no-fault thought leader, recently penned an op-ed for the Grand Rapids Business Journal. In it, he warns consumers – be alert and informed, and remain on the lookout for shiny objects insurance lobbyists will surely throw out this year. Here’s a brief rundown of what you need to know regarding no-fault reform in 2019.

Auto Insurance Rate Setting

Michigan’s auto insurance industry successfully launched a marketing ...

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