Entries by Erica Wikander

Uniform Collaborative Law Act

On May 1st I went to Lansing to testify on behalf of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act (“UCLA”). I testified in my role as President of the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan (“CPIM”). The UCLA has been passed in seven states and the District of Columbia. It is currently pending in eight states, including Michigan.

Mediation in Unique Circumstances

On April 25 and 26 of this year, I took 16 hours of advanced mediation training regarding adult guardianship/elder care issues. It was a fascinating training. It was designed to help families where the parent or parents are having difficulties. It may be simply difficulties associated with old age all the way to situations where […]

Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan

Last month I went to Lansing as President of the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan which is the statewide organization for Collaborative professionals. I was there to testify in support of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act. Three of us attended the State Senate Judiciary Committee meeting prepared to testify but our lobbyists informed us that […]

Nelson Mandela’s Legacy

As everyone knows, Nelson Mandela died recently. As some news reports mentioned he was an attorney by profession. Mr. Mandela surely was one of the most impressive attorneys of our lifetime, perhaps of all time. He has to rank up among the most honored of our profession. Abraham Lincoln comes to mind. United States Supreme […]

Forgiveness

A recent article in the Grand Rapids Press involved the mother of a son who was killed by one of his friends. The death was accidental, although a direct result of some poor choices and “horse play” by the young men. The article discussed how the deceased boy’s mother had forgiven her son’s friend for […]

I thought I’d be divorced in six months?

You file for divorce, your spouse files a response. Then what? Do you just sit around for six months and wait for a court to, well, “divorce” you? The Michigan law requiring divorcing parties with minor children to wait six months is often hard for unrepresented litigants to understand. The six-month waiting period, in the […]

Be Careful on Social Media

In my last blog, the three of us take turns; I talked about how it is possible to learn a lot about opposing parties in divorce cases by using social media. It is a dilemma for us and our clients as to how much time and effort (i.e. attorney fees) to use in cases researching […]