Misleading Mail About Certificate of Good Standing

You started your business! You have waded through the decision-making process as well as filed all of the proper paperwork with the State of Michigan. Everything looks ship-shape and you can start focusing on running your business! Your trip out to the mailbox brings...

Big News for Painting Contractors

Many people know that, in Michigan, a residential builder must hold a residential builders’ license.  However, most people may are not aware that other construction trades must be licensed as a residential maintenance and alteration contractor (“an M&A license”). ...

Protecting Against Scammers After Death

It is incredibly difficult to lose a loved one.  Grieving is a natural part of that and something that each of us needs to take time for.  And yet, there are people out there who try to take advantage of those who are grieving.  Sometimes it is directly - they try to...

Important Medicaid Numbers for 2019

If you or a loved one need to qualify for Medicaid or to plan ahead to make qualification easier, there are some critically important numbers that you need to know.  These numbers are updated every year and are key to being able to qualify or to plan to qualify.  As a...

Transferring a Michigan Automobile After Death

I've been asked this question quite a bit lately: “my relative passed away.  He/she had a car, not really worth all that much.  Is there a way we can just transfer that without a court proceeding?” The short answer is . . . maybe. As with many legal questions, it...

When Do I Need a Guardian or Conservator?

Guardianship and Conservatorship is a topic that is becoming more frequent.  In short, a guardianship is when someone (the guardian) is appointed by a county probate court to be in control of another individual's "person".  That other individual is referred to as the...

I’m a Trustee . . . Now What Do I Do?

Over the years, I have seen an increase in the number of contested probate matters – that is, family and/or friends not getting along, or people taking advantage of others based on their position of power in someone’s estate planning documents. In many of the cases,...

The Michigan Builders’ Trust Fund Act Explained

Many of us have heard the phrase “robbing Peter to pay Paul” in reference to a situation where you shouldn’t take money previously allocated for one expense only to spend it on another expense. Michigan has a statute that codifies this saying, called the Michigan...

Checklist for Hiring a Contractor

As law firm who handles a lot of real estate law matters, our office represents numerous contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in the construction industry. They are a great group of hard-working, trustworthy people. Because of our many relationships, we are often...

What Is a Lien on Property and How Is It Used?

One question I (Joel) frequently receive is “can’t we just put a lien on their property?” While that may be a good idea, you must have a legal right to place a lien on someone else’s property. If you don’t have a legal right to place a lien on someone else’s property,...


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