About Meagan Francis

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Meagan Francis is the founder of Life, Listened, a podcast production company and creative services agency that helps others tell audio stories. She is co-host of The Mom Hour podcast, has authored four books, and regularly contributes articles about lifestyle, health, business, travel, and parenting to national publications.

Articles written by Meagan Francis

Reflections on the Bar

Tom Cranmer tells what he’s learned as president of the Michigan Bar Association

Early in his career, Thomas W. Cranmer faced a fashion emergency. While working with the federal prosecutor’s office on a high-profile case involving allegations of corruption in a Detroit-area police department, an urgent family matter prevented the senior attorney handling the case from attending the rest of the trial — and Cranmer had to step in. The young attorney did not yet own many suits, and he rotated the few he had. During the federal prosecutor’s case, his nervousness sped up …

5 Ways to Prevent Identity Theft in Michigan

A consumer law attorney gives his tips

In 2005, more than 9 million people reported being victims of identity theft. Thieves obtain personal data by stealing wallets or purses, going through trash and monitoring online purchases. Once they discover your Social Security number, those thieves are able to open lines of credit or make purchases in your name. Worse, victims often don’t know identity thieves have absconded with their identity until a real estate deal falls through or a job opportunity is denied due to a derogatory …

Spouses Who Take the Money and Run

Jane's Law would help New Yorkers go after their stolen assets

When Jane Maharam's ex-husband, Robert Maharam, left the state with the married couple’s assets—including $4 million the court had ordered him in 1983 to pay Jane—she had few options, under current law. “You could sue in a New York court, but [the other spouse] doesn’t have to show up,” says Michael Stutman of Mayerson Stutman, a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and author of How to Divorce in New York. "The most that could happen is that a warrant for their …

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