Ask the Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

This week’s question: MAY I BREASTFEED MY CHILD IN A RESTAURANT? QUESTION:  I was asked to leave the dining room of restaurant in Oakland County after I began breastfeeding my six-month old baby boy. I was embarrassed at being singled out and directed to the womens’ restroom, which I felt was an inappropriate place to attend to my child. Am

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This week’s question: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS.

This week’s question: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS. QUESTION:  My disabled niece is receiving government benefits.  I want to give her some money, but I have been told that if she has too much money in her accounts she will lose her benefits.  I don’t want to jeopardize my niece’s benefits.  What should I do? ANSWER: 

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ASK THE LAWYER By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

This week’s question: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU SIGN A SEPARATION AGREEMENT FROM YOUR EMPLOYER.   QUESTION:  I am being laid off from my job. My employer presented me with a separation agreement. I’m worried about signing it because it appears very one-sided. The separation agreement says I may consult an attorney. What kind of help can I

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ASK THE LAWYER By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

This week’s question: CHOOSING A PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR YOUR WILL: Should I appoint all of my children as Co-Personal Representatives of my Will? QUESTION: I am getting my paperwork together to have my estate plan drawn up. I am thinking of appointing all three of my kids as Co-Personal Representatives of my Will. I don’t want one of my kids

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ASK THE LAWYER By Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq. Identity Theft

This week’s question: IDENTITY THEFT. Can an employer require me to disclose my social security number on a job application?   QUESTION:  I’m concerned about giving out my social security number on job applications, both over the internet and in person. Can an employer require me to give out my social security number on a job application? ANSWER: Michigan’s Social

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This week’s question: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

This week’s question: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT. Can an employer refuse to hire me because of my criminal conviction? QUESTION:  I have been looking for work for months now and can’t find a job. Seven years ago, when I was a college sophomore, I was convicted of disorderly conduct. I honestly answer questions about my past on job applications, but I’m

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SHOULD I HAVE A LIVING TRUST? By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq

This week’s question: SHOULD I HAVE A LIVING TRUST?   QUESTION:  I attended a free seminar in a hotel ballroom last weekend about estate planning where I was informed I needed a living trust to complete my estate plan. The cost was more than I can afford to pay right now. Is it necessary that I have a living trust

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ASK THE LAWYER By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

QUESTION:  Can you briefly and simply explain how one federal judge overturned the will of millions of Michigan voters like Judge Friedman did in the same-sex marriage case decided on March 21, 2014, where he held that the Michigan Marriage Amendment (the “MMA”), was unconstitutional?   ANSWER: It’s complicated but we will try. Courts protect individual rights. The Fourteenth Amendment

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