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Do I need a Michigan Revocable Living Trust?

Posted on July 21, 2018
There are 3 main reasons to set up a revocable living trust in Michigan. If any 1 of the 3 applies to you, a trust can be a great estate planning tool. But if none of the 3 apply, why go through the time and expense of setting up a complicated legal document that is ... CONTINUE READING

4 Legal Compliance Items For The New Year

Posted on January 5, 2018
One of the most important roles of a business attorney is thinking about risk avoidance, with a goal that if bad things happen to your company, they aren’t as bad as they could have been. As we start a new year, here are four legal issues to double-check and update before something happens. File your ... CONTINUE READING

4 Things a Tenant Should Add to a Commercial Lease

Posted on November 22, 2017
If you are a new commercial tenant and ask me to review the lease given to you by your landlord, the most important reason you are hiring me is not for what’s already in the lease. For the vast majority of our clients, the things in a lease that raise a red flag to you ... CONTINUE READING

4 Common Legal Mistakes Made by Startups

Posted on June 28, 2017
One of the most rewarding aspects of my legal practice is working with small business startups. Every owner is beyond excited about their business concept, and it is so much fun listening to them explain how they plan on conquering the world. But what makes the work so rewarding is helping small business owners identify ... CONTINUE READING

4 Questions to Ask When Buying a Business

Posted on March 8, 2017
When you decide to buy a business, information comes at you like a fire hose. There are four critical legal questions to investigate as part of a business purchase. Taking the time to understand how these legal pieces fit into the ongoing operation of your business can save many headaches down the road. What am ... CONTINUE READING

Michigan Ends 171-year-old Dower Rights Law

Posted on January 22, 2017
“ 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 In a brief nutshell, dower laws were originally enacted during a time when women were not legally allowed ...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

Top 3 Legal Issues of Working in a Co-working Space

Posted on December 31, 2016
Working in a co-working space has a lot of advantages for startup entrepreneurs and members of the freelance economy: free coffee; shared services; professional meeting space; and collaborative discussions. Did I mention free coffee? But there are certain things about a small business owner working in a shared space with other people who are not part ... CONTINUE READING

Attorney Adam Zuwerink opens new office location in Holland, Michigan

Posted on November 12, 2016
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
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 the Michigan Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

Posted on May 1, 2016
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