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Divorce Law and Entertainment Law Ace Never Settled on Par for the Course

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They say you can tell a lot about a person from a round of golf. You can gauge someone’s good will, we’re told. You can also measure the level of sportsmanship and adherence to a spirit of fair play and integrity. If his showing on the golf course is any indicator of his performance in the courtroom, then John F. Schaefer of The Law Firm of John F. Schaefer is a hole in one. Schaefer,…

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To Hide or Not to Hide…Concealing Assets in Divorce Cases

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Something that happens too often during a divorce proceeding is the discovery of a hidden asset. People hide money or other assets in the belief they can keep them off the table in dividing property. Sometimes it is as straightforward as cash in a safety deposit box. Other people make deals with “straw men” to buy valuable assets at a fraction of their cost just to turn around and buy them back with a commission…

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How to Protect Inheritance and Gifts From Ending up in the Divorce Pot

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I’ve written before about prenuptial agreements and my concerns regarding their legal flimsiness. Prenuptial agreements may, or may not, be the best way to protect a couples’ separate assets. When it comes to inheritance or gifts, a prenuptial agreement alone is often not enough to protect those assets from ending up in the “divorce pot” to divvy up in case of a breakup. Loosely defined, separate assets are those items brought into the marriage, or…

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Why You Probably Don’t Need a Prenuptial Agreement

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By John F. Schaefer Founder and Managing Partner, The Law Firm of John F. Schaefer Birmingham, Michigan With wedding season in full swing many engaged couples will consider a prenuptial agreement. These agreements have become increasingly popular over the past 15 to 20 years to the point that has become something that everyone thinks they should do, like making out a will. As I have drafted –and busted up – hundreds of these agreements, I…

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Bill would create joint legal custody presumption

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Legislation draws ire of State Bar’s Family Law Section By: Lee Dryden in News Stories June 26, 2017 A bill touted as protecting a child’s relationship with both parents has drawn opposition from the State Bar of Michigan’s Family Law Section. House Bill 4691, sponsored by Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake Township, would change the name of the Child Custody Act to the Michigan Shared Parenting Act. It would create a presumption of joint legal custody and substantially equal…

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Marital Partnership Dissolve? Your Business Partnership Needn’t Also

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By John Schaefer, Esq. The Law Firm of John F. Schaefer   There are more than a million husband and wife-run businesses in the United States. There are also close to 900,000 divorces filed every year in our nation. When a marriage dissolves when a jointly-run business is involved, there are a limited amount of options available and all come with their own complications. One, the business can be sold; two, one of the partners…

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dBusiness: John F. Schaefer

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“Contrary to television portrayals, divorce cases can be resolved in a dignified and amicable manner that preserves the integrity of the parties.” This statement, made by attorney John F. Schaefer, conveys the philosophy upon which he has built his reputation for settling divorce disputes for wealthy and well-known individuals without public exposure, and with as much honor and decorum as is possible. He cringes at lawyers whose opportunism and lack of professionalism have given the…

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Hour Detroit: The Face of Family Law

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“Contrary to television portrayals, divorce cases can be resolved in a dignified and amicable manner which preserves the integrity and privacy of the parties.” More than 40 years of specializing in complex matrimonial matters. Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.\Listed in Best Lawyers in America (all editions), 2013 Lawyer of the Year.\Reputation for protecting client privacy. Author of Family Law in Michigan and numerous articles; adjunct professor, MSU College of Law. Regularly sought out by…

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