Personal Protection Orders - Apply to Pets/Animals in Michigan

In case you haven't heard, Michigan House Bill 4478 passed the House and Senate. It was approved by the Governor on May 3, 2016 and went into effect on August 1, 2016. This law allows victims of domestic violence to include their pets/animals in personal protection orders (PPOs), which will protect both humans and the animals they love from domestic violence. A PPO can now also forbid a person from injuring or threatening to injure another person's animal, taking the animal from the person's possession, or retaining possession of the animal. As a result of these efforts, Michigan now joins more than half of all states allowing animals to be included in PPOs. This was a very positive win


Sterling Law attorneys belong to optional local bar associations as well as to the required State Bar of Michigan. Michigan has what is called mandatory state bar membership prerequisite to the practice of law in this State. But why do we go beyond the minimum to join the local association, one being the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association (GTLABA)? Some may ask what do we get for our hard-earned dues? At Sterling Law, we turn around that question to be what can we give? Associate attorney Agnes Jury is President-Elect of GTLABA. Founding attorney Lea Ann Sterling participates as a local delegate to SBM Representative Assembly. Pictured here are Agnes and Lea Ann attending the 201

Limited Scope Representation

To limit costs for legal services, consumers are turning to limited scope representation. LSR, also known as “unbundling” is the practice of breaking legal representation into distinct tasks as opposed to representing a client from beginning to end of a case. It’s an a la carte approach of buying only the services from a professional that the lay person cannot handle with a do-it-yourself approach. Certain limited scope services are currently permitted and Sterling Law offers LSR. You may need a consultation to set you off in the right direction or to get an explanation of a document or procedure. You may need an attorney ghostwriter for a document, such as a Judgment of Divorce. We provide

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