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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Motorcycle Hit-and-Run Accident – What Every Motorcyclist in Michigan Should Know

Everyone knows Michigan is a no-fault auto insurance state. Under the No-Fault Act, priorities are established that determine which insurer is responsible for paying the injured person’s benefits. But, interestingly enough, motorcyclists occupy a strange place with regard to no-fault priorities in Michigan, especially when it comes to motorcycle hit-and-run accidents.

Motorcycles aren’t considered motor vehicles in Michigan. Therefore, they aren’t required to carry no-fault coverage. Yet motorcyclists may still collect no-fault benefits if they’re injured in an accident involving a motor vehicle.

Order of No-Fault Priorities for Motorcyclists

While the no-fault statute mandates that motorists seek benefits from their own insurer first, ...

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6 Things to Know if You Are Injured in a Drunk Driving Accident

The dangers of drinking and driving are well-known. Yet sadly, drunk driving accident rates remain far too high in the United States.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 30 people are killed in drunk driving accidents per day nationwide. And in Michigan, nearly 1/4 of all fatal accidents involve a driver who is over the legal blood-alcohol limit. While these numbers are actually down for past years, drunk driving remains one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents, and it is estimated that nearly one in three people will be involved in a ...

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New Michigan Cyberbullying Law – Definition, Sentencing, and Resources

Unfortunately, cyberbullying is nothing new. Many tragic cases have arisen recently from these types of situations. And while every state, including Michigan, has some sort of cyberbullying law on the books, a new Michigan cyberbullying law went into effect at the end of 2018 which makes cyberbullying a crime punishable by jail time. Attorney Bryan Waldman recently appeared on WLNS Legal Edge to explain more.

New Law Defines Cyberbullying in Michigan

The new law accomplishes three things:

  1. Defines cyberbullying
  2. Makes cyberbullying a crime
  3. Sets penalties for those committing this crime

Proponents of this new law wanted a specific definition for cyberbullying, which excludes rudeness and ...

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