Wednesday, September 28, 2011

GM-UAW free divorces soon to be a thing of the past

In the past, the UAW Legal Services Plan offered free legal representation to its members, including non-contested divorces, as well as bankruptcy and estate planning.  However, as reported in Saturday's Detroit Free Press, the new labor deal will end this perk (along with other benefits) in 2014, one that was cherished by GM employees over the years.  Many see this as the end of an era, however the UAW is simply no longer in a position to offer these special benefits as they once were when GM was one of the most successful and innovative companies in America.  As explained in the article, GM was the Apple or Google of its day and offered such attractive benefits to attract the best employees.  Now, it's about saving money.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hot Tip: Do you know how to check your credit rating?

If you don't, you should!

You can get a free credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) every 12 months, essentially allowing you to get one free report every four months if you take full advantage of what is available.  Go to

This is an easy and free way to minimize your risk.  Not only can you protect yourself from identity theft by keeping tabs on your accounts, it is a great way to conduct some free discovery on your own if you are in the midst of a divorce, or contemplating one in the near future.  We frequently advise our clients to run their credit report prior to finalizing the terms of the Judgment of Divorce to make sure there no debts that were missed and/or to determine that the other spouse did not open up any new credit cards in our client's name without his or her knowledge.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Best Lawyers of America

We are proud to announce that Carole L. Chiamp and Carol F. Breitmeyer have both been named by their peers to the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers of America in the practice area of family law.  This is Carole L. Chiamp's 20th+ year being named to this distinguished group of attorneys, making her one of a select few to hold this special honor.