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Ami Gongalski Honored as Future 15 Awardee by the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce

Posted on June 7, 2017 in Legal News
      West Michigan Law, P.C. is proud to announce that Ami Gongalski has been honored with a Future 15 award by the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce. Those recognized with the annual award excel both within their place of employment and in the service they provide to the community.  “Ami is absolutely indispensable ... CONTINUE READING

Michigan Ends 171-year-old Dower Rights Law

Posted on January 22, 2017 in Legal News
“ wife’s dower right is abolished and unenforceable either through statute or at common law.” MCL 558.30 With that simple sentence, Michigan’s 171-year history of providing dower rights to married women has ended, effective April 6, 2017. In a brief nutshell, dower laws were originally enacted during a time when women were not legally allowed ... CONTINUE READING

What happens to federal set-aside contracts when the owner of the government contractor passes away?

Posted on November 26, 2016 in Government Contracting
The Small Business Administration (SBA) and Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) have multiple programs where federal contracts can be “set-aside” for companies owned by certain classifications of persons. But what happens to those set-aside contracts when the certified owner of the company passes away, and someone different (such as a surviving spouse or child) becomes ... CONTINUE READING

Attorney Adam Zuwerink opens new office location in Holland, Michigan

Posted on November 12, 2016 in Legal News
West Michigan Law is one of the newest establishments to the City of Holland, headed by real estate and small business attorney Adam Zuwerink. Zuwerink recently opened a second office at 493 Century Lane, Suite 103, after originally opening a Muskegon office in February, 2013. “My family and I moved to the Holland area last ... CONTINUE READING

West Michigan Law, P.C. Joins Nextlaw Global Referral Network

Posted on October 5, 2016 in Legal News
10/5/16, Muskegon, Michigan – West Michigan Law, P.C. today announced it has joined the Nextlaw Global Referral Network, enabling it to connect its clients to high quality lawyers around the world. Nextlaw Global Referral Network is the largest legal referral network in the world, with 283 member firms, 18,600 lawyers covering 160 countries. Attorney Adam Zuwerink ... CONTINUE READING

FAQ about Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Amendment re: Non-Retaliation for Employee Disclosure of Compensation Information

Posted on September 30, 2016 in Government Contracting
Why Should I Care About this Amendment? The federal government is mandating another disclosure to your employees, and adding new language to your government contracts. Issue Date: September 30, 2016 Summary of the Amendment: Interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) “to provide for a uniform policy for the Federal Government to prohibit Federal ... CONTINUE READING

FAQ about the Michigan Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

Posted on May 1, 2016 in Estate Planning
Michigan recently passed the “Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act,” which will become effective on June 27, 2016. The new law is a much needed update to match Michigan estate planning rules with the realities of our digital and electronic lives. It used to be that when a parent passed away, or needed help with ... CONTINUE READING

Why the SBA doesn’t like your power of attorney form: An estate planning trap for owners of certified small businesses with government contracts

Posted on April 30, 2016 in Government Contracting
This article will review the second of two instances where it is very important to make sure your estate plan documents are in compliance with federal regulations if you are an SBA certified, economically-disadvantaged small business (8a), woman-owned small business (WOSB/EDWOSB), or an SBA or VA certified veteran-owned small business (VOSB/SDVOSB). I previously discussed how ... CONTINUE READING

New Michigan Law Allows for Funeral Representative Designation in Estate Planning

Posted on April 25, 2016 in Estate Planning
The State of Michigan recently passed a new law (which will become effective on June 27, 2016) that allows you to name a funeral representative, who is a person with the authority to make decisions regarding your final arrangements and resting place after death. We believe this is a much needed update to existing Michigan ... CONTINUE READING

Why the SBA doesn’t like your joint trust: A common estate planning trap for owners of certified small businesses with government contracts

Posted on April 14, 2016 in Government Contracting
It is common for business owners to have different attorneys for their estate planning needs and their business law needs – sometimes, the two attorneys don’t even work for the same law firm. This article will review the first of two instances where it is very important to make sure your estate plan documents are ... CONTINUE READING