Monthly Archives: July 2012

Missing Persons

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Do you have a loved one that is missing? Has your loved one recently gone missing or have they been missing for years? You may not be aware of the U.S. Department of Justice’s national centralized repository and resource center for missing persons known as “NamUs.” The “National Missing and Unidentified Persons System” is a free online website that can be searched by the medical field, law enforcement and the general public.  The website includes three separate databases, which are described below.  

The “Missing Persons” database contains information that can be entered by anyone and will … Read More

Orders of Protection

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Are you being threatened with domestic violence, harassed, or stalked? Do you know someone who is? Every state has some form of legal order that requires someone to stay away from you or your home, stop contacting you, and stop sending you gifts. These orders may be called Order of Protection, Protective Order, Restraining Order, No-Contact Order, or a similar name. The order is not automatic; the person seeking the order must appear before a judge and present evidence of threats or abuse. If the judge issues the order, a person who violates the order may be arrested.

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Washington State Supreme Court adopts rule allowing non-lawyers to provide limited legal services

Based upon an administrative order approved by the Washington State Supreme Court on June 15, 2012, non-lawyers may offer limited assistance on simple legal matters.  The Court adopted the proposed Admission to Practice (APR) Rule 28, the “Limited Practice Rule for Limited License Legal Technicians” to expand access to legal services for low and moderate income individuals in Washington state.  As the order states:

“Every day across this state, thousands of unrepresented (pro se) individuals seek to resolve important legal matters in our courts.  Many of these are low income people who seek but cannot obtain Read More

Michigan to Hold Tax Auction on Foreclosed Properties

The Michigan Department of Treasury will be offering 385 state-owned properties for public auction on August 14th at the Ramada Inn in Grayling. These parcels include homes as well as vacant residential and commercial lots. Any registered person may bid on the properties being offered. Parcels are sold to the highest verbal bid accepted at the auction. Minimum bids for some of these parcels begin as low as $450.

Property tax foreclosures were established in Michigan under the General Property Tax Act (Act 206 of 1893). This bill states that property is subject of sale or forfeiture as a result … Read More