All posts by Jennifer Olszewski

The Pitfalls of Online Legal Forms

There are many forms online now. You can find just about any contract simply by googling it: -Deeds -Wills -Divorces Many people use online legal forms to save money. They can sometimes work, but not always. So why even talk to a lawyer about your contract? There are risks in relying solely on online legal forms, without talking to a lawyer. At the bottom of a popular online legal form website, they even say: “We are not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. We cannot provide any kind of advice, explanation, opinion, or recommendation about possible legal rights, remedies, defenses, options, selection of forms or strategies.” This disclaimer is here for a reason. Take, Read More

You just got married and had kids, you’re young and healthy, so you don’t need to worry about making a will, right? Wrong!

Death is not a pleasant topic. Discussing the subject is difficult even for couples who have been together for decades. Talking about making a will is not a conversation younger couples tend to even think about having. But for young couples with children, a will is important and necessary to prepare for the unexpected. No age is too young for couples to begin this conversation. A will has the ability to ensure that, should something terrible happen, your (minor) children will be cared for in the way that you, as a couple, decide is best. Passing away without a will affects the succession of your property and the guardianship of your children. If one spouse passes away without a will, Read More

So You Want to Become a Lyft Driver in Traverse City…

What Tax and Legal Issues Should You Be Aware of? ARE YOU QUALIFIED? Lyft’s website says they are hiring drivers all across Michigan. Applicants need to be: -at least 21 years old -pass a background and DMV check -own a smart phone -have a 2005 or newer vehicle with four doors and 5-8 seats -possess a valid driver’s license, registration and insurance. Applications are being accepted online.   YOU WILL BE AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR Lyft drivers are independent contractors, not employees of Lyft. So, as a driver, you are considered to be self-employed; you own a separate “business” that Lyft uses to provide driving services. When you get paid, it is not like a traditional paycheck; taxes have not been taken Read More

Defamation Lawsuits

newlyweds, wedding photo.

By now I am sure you have heard the viral news story about the wedding photographer who was awarded over a million dollars in a defamation lawsuit last month. If you have not, here is what you need to know: Andrea Polito is a professional photographer from Dallas, Texas who took pictures for Andrew and Neely Moldovan on their wedding day. The newlyweds became impatient after the wedding while waiting for the pictures to be ready, so they inquired about the photos. Polito said she was still waiting on a few items from the couple in order to finish the pictures. But, the couple was not satisfied with this answer and began contacting local news stations saying Polito was holding Read More