Steve Harms

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

A few comments on Michigan Collection practices

Just a few quick comments on Michigan collections (I usually try to make comments in a generic fashion, applicable to most of our states) as follows:

1. MCL 600.2559 has been amended.  This has to do with court officer fees for service of process and related service charges.  For example, personal service of a suit is now $23.00 plus mileage; and service of a garnishment is $20.00 plus mileage.  Writs to seize assets: 7% of the first $8000 and 3% of amounts over that are owed to the officer; plus posting fees and other expenses (see .2559 (1).  The amended section calls for further fee increases each year in 2014 and 2015 as well.  These fee charges are all reasonable and necessary, but they are something attorneys working in enforcement of judgments should be aware of.

2. Cool apps are available.  Check out MICHIGAN COURTS in the App Store for I-phones, I-pads and I Pod touch for powerful tools including State and Federal court rules, access to PACER and the like.   Try:

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