Jim Graves Featured in Leading Lawyers Magazine

With the aptly fitting title of “Compassionate PI Pro Fights for Michigan and Illinois Victims,” we proudly announce the publication of a recent Leading Lawyers article featuring Sinas Dramis partner, Jim Graves.

Jim Graves – Michigan Leading Lawyer

As a Michigan personal injury lawyer, Jim Graves has been included in the annual Leading Lawyers list every year since 2013. Through a lengthy nomination and selection process, Leading Lawyers recognizes only the top 5% of attorneys with this unique distinction. Every year, Leading Lawyers sends out its annual survey to state-licensed attorneys asking “If a family member or friend needs legal ...

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Out-Of-State Drivers Involved in Michigan Accidents: Impacts of the Recent No-Fault Reform

Summer typically brings in a wave of tourism to Michigan as out-of-state visitors flock to our state’s many shorelines and recreation sites. However, in 2020 these visitors could encounter surprises beyond just lakeshore erosion. Effective July 1st, 2020, Michigan’s auto insurance law reforms will impact out-of-state drivers involved in Michigan car accidents, as well as Michigan residents.

Changes to Michigan’s No-Fault PIP Benefits

Before Public Acts 21 & 22 were passed, out-out-state residents injured in Michigan auto accidents were eligible to receive PIP benefits. But under the new reformed law, unless operating a ...

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Recent DIFS Bulletin Further Clarifies Insurance Industry Requirements During COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Whitmer’s shelter-in-place order many Michigan businesses and industries around the State are temporarily shut down and operations suspended. However, one industry that must continue operations is the insurance industry. Pursuant to Governor Whitmer’s shelter-in-place order, workers in the insurance industry are designated as “critical infrastructure workers.” Therefore, they are exempt from this order. Insurance industry workers may continue in-person work operations to the extent that such work cannot be done at home.

On Thursday, April 9, 2020, Whitmer declared an extension of the original shelter-in-place order to April 30, 2020. The ...

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Families in Michigan – Parenting Time, Child Support, Resources

News involving COVID-19 coverage is everywhere, and Michigan is no exception, having recently been named a coronavirus “hotspot.” On Thursday, April 2, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the closing of all K-12 for all in-person education for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year in response to the coronavirus global pandemic. While this decision helps to ensure the safety and health of Michiganders, the impact of COVID-19 on families is yet to be fully understood.

For some families, the impact of COVID-19 on daily life may be as simple as coordinating work schedules and childcare needs. For others, coronavirus ...

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When Home Isn’t Safe – Domestic Violence Resources During COVID-19 Michigan Shelter-In-Place

Victims of domestic violence often feel trapped in their relationship, and under the current Michigan shelter-in-place order, that is a prominent reality for many. A recent statement from the Executive Director of the Safehouse Center explains concerns posed by COVID-19 for domestic violence victims, including isolation, lost access to help, and fear of exposure to the virus when leaving the home. If you are stuck at home with an abusive partner, there are still resources and services available to help you during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Update: On April 27, 2020, the Michigan Supreme Court enacted ...

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Michigan Supreme Court Response to COVID-19

In light of the limitations put in place in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan’s Supreme Court has issued a number of Orders outlining how Michigan’s trial courts will continue to operate during this unprecedented time. While various counties have also enacted their own additional measures, the Supreme Court’s mandates provide some measure of consistency regarding court operations throughout the state.

Updates and Resources

April 25, 2020 Coronavirus and Michigan court functions update
May 6, 2020 Courts issue re-opening plan
Coronavirus legal updates and resources YouTube Playlist

Initiating Lawsuits in Michigan During COVID-19

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Co-Parenting During an Unexpected School Closure

An unexpected school closure such as a snow day or a sick day is especially difficult to navigate as a divorced parent. However, recent events are forcing many to asses their co-parenting childcare options in extreme measures. If you have shared custody, read on.

Update #1: On March 23, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a shelter-in-place order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan. Now, in addition to questions stemming from co-parenting during unexpected school closure, many parents are wondering how this impacts their custody arrangement.

Update #2: On April 2, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued an ...

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Risks of Using Car Insurance Tracking Devices

You’ve probably seen advertisements for them everywhere. Or maybe your agent has filled you in on a “great way to save on your car insurance!” At the cost of a fractional reduction in your insurance premium, you’re asked to install a device in your car or an app on your phone that tracks your every movement and “rewards safe driving!” But don’t get caught up in the gimmicky marketing ploys – the risks of using car insurance tracking devices abound!

Drive Safe, Save Money, Reliquinsh Privacy

Every major car insurance company in the United States now has what is referred to as ...

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Sinas Dramis Attorneys Sworn into Bar of the United State Supreme Court

On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, Sinas Dramis attorneys Jackie Dupler and Katie Tucker, along with 10 other members of the Mid-Michigan region of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan were sworn into the Bar of and to practice in front of the United States Supreme Court by Chief Justice John G. Roberts. The swearing-in ceremony took place at the beginning of the Court session, in front of eight of the sitting Justices. Unfortunately, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was absent due to illness. Honorable Michelle Rick, Clinton County Circuit Court Judge who is also currently running for the ...

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Tom Sinas Named a Top Lawyer in Grand Rapids by Grand Rapids Magazine

In an effort to help West Michigan residents find the best lawyer for their legal matter, Grand Rapids Magazine and Grand Rapids Business Journal recently published the Grand Rapids 2019 Top Lawyers List. We are proud to announce that attorney, Tom Sinas, received this noteworthy distinction.

Inclusion as a Top Lawyer in Grand Rapids is solely based on a peer-review survey sent out to local licensed attorneys. Those receiving the most votes were named 2019 Top Lawyers in Grand Rapids. For people researching “best attorneys in Grand Rapids,” this list provides further proof of excellence within the legal field ...

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