Why tort reform arguments are frivolous

You often hear politicians claim, “lawyers are filing frivolous lawsuits.” The ambulance chasers of the world, the derogatory term used for attorneys by media personalities who sell snake oil on their radio shows, must be stopped before they harm businesses and medical professionals. However, tort reform is nothing more than the legislators of a given […]

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Child custody in Michigan FAQs

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions from clients regarding Michigan custody cases. If you think you might have a need for a child custody lawyer, Jim Lockwood specializes in family and custody law. Contact The Lockwood Legal Group today for a free consultation or give Jim a call at his office phone […]

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Offering Free Legal Services To Medical Professionals Fighting CoronaVirus

As we all know, a global pandemic is sweeping through the world. It is called the CoronaVirus or Clovid19. The soldiers on the front line of this fight are those employed in the medical community. They are the nurses, nurse practitioners, surgeons, doctors, and other staff who work at hospitals and other medical facilities. In […]

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Is there a limit on medical malpractice damages in Michigan?

Does Michigan have a cap on medical malpractice damages? The short answer is, thanks to tort reform, yes. Like many states, Michigan “caps” or limits the amount of damages that are available to a plaintiff who has been successful in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Michigan’s cap is a little more complex than most states’. According to […]

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Availability of exemplary damages in Michigan

What are Exemplary Damages? Exemplary damages are awarded in order to “compensates plaintiffs for humiliation, sense of outrage, and indignity resulting from injustices maliciously, willfully, and wantonly inflicted by the defendant.” McPeak v McPeak (On Remand), 233 Mich App 483, 490, 593 NW2d 180 (1999) A plaintiff who seeks exemplary damages for the defendant’s willful, […]

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Allowable Damages In Michigan medical Malpractice Cases

At the time of this writing, medical malpractice cases in Michigan have a cap on the amount of allowable damages. Unfortunately, Michigan legislators believe they alone, instead of the jury, should determine the amount of damages plaintiffs are allowed to obtain as compensation for injuries caused by the negligence of medical professionals. As in all […]

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What is Probate & Estate Administration?

Probate is the court process by which the property of a person who has died (decedent or deceased) is distributed. Estate administration after a person’s death involves: Gathering the assets of the estate Paying debts & final expenses Distributing remaining assets A lawyer can assist in every aspect of estate administration. What Assets are Owned […]

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If I Have A Will Why Do I Need A Lawyer?

Probate is the process by which a will is made public and the court provides authorization to distribute assets to beneficiaries. Using a lawyer experienced in probate and estate administration will make the entire process of probating the estate efficient and cost-effective, even when no formal proceedings are required. A lawyer will help you avoid […]

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