Trespassing in Relation to Dog Bite Laws

Notice that the Michigan statute, MCLA §287.351, relieves the dog owner of liability, where the dog bite victim is not on the property lawfully. The law recognizes that many people keep dogs, not just as loving pet-members of the family, but also for the security and protectiveness they bring to the household. Dogs are “pack”…

Dog Bites – Provocation

A dog owner will not be liable if it can be shown that the bite victim somehow provoked the dog. There is no hard and fast rule as to what constitutes provocation; it should be judged on a case by case basis, which means it should be decided by a jury, at time of trial, and…

Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders – Michigan Laws

Michigan law does provide for the implementation of Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders, at MCLA §333.1051, et seq (which just means “and the following statutes”). The specific statute setting up a Do-Not-Resuscitate Order, or as nurses often refer to them, “DNR’s”, is MCLA §333.1053. Under this law, a person must be at least 18 years of age, and…

Living Will

Living Will is a term that may be more appropriate in public culture, and perhaps in states other than Michigan. There are no specific Michigan statutes dealing with something called a “living will”. When it comes to setting up the decision-making process, for how health care decisions are made, and who makes them, the gold standard…

Execution of a Financial Power of Attorney

Michigan law requires a little bit of drama and ceremony, for the proper execution of a financial power of attorney. Given the significant powers and responsibilities that an agent takes on, the purpose of such requirements is to make certain that the power of attorney document, and relationship, was set up intentionally. The requirements for…

The Widmark Formula

Using the Widmark formula, as breath alcohol testing machines do internally, and mechanically, you can calculate the anticipated blood alcohol level one would expect from consuming a certain amount of beer, wine, or hard liquor. One can also calculate how many drinks of different types of intoxicant, it would take to elevate one’s blood alcohol…

Field Sobriety Tests

Field Sobriety Tests (FST’s) are used by police officers to determine if you are driving under the influence. While police officers administer a number of FST’s, only three are recognized by the National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration, because only these three tests are associated with data sufficient to indicate their reliability in identifying intoxicated…