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We Are Schenk Boncher & Rypma

Established in 1978, we are a full service law firm specializing in both commercial and personal areas of law and we represent clients throughout West Michigan and the entire Midwest. Our attorneys are well known by local judges and other legal firms in the areas of commercial and business law, personal injury and wrongful death, construction law, zoning, planning and land use issues, banking law, civil rights, domestic relations and divorce, sales representative law, collections, insurance litigation, and real estate. + Learn more about our LAW firm

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  • Ways You Can Help Win Your Social Security Disability Case

    1. Choose to see a specialist versus your primary care physician.  One of the key factors that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is required to look at is whether your treating doctor is a specialist.  If your doctor is a specialist and the Social Security-paid doctor is not a specialist, then your treating specialist's opinions will usually be given controlling weight.  Some primary care doctors do not refer patients to a specialist, such as a rheumatologist, unless the patient asks - Ask for a specialist.  Does a specialist really matter that much?  Here is an example:  Say you have rheumatoid arthritis.  The records show that you went to your primary care physician for treatment instead of a rheumatologist.  We often see judges' decisions where the judge says if the condition was severe, the primary care physician would have referred the patient to a specialist.  Other times we see judges say that if the condition really was severe, then the claimant would have gone to see a specialist.  << Read More

  • Conditional Zoning--Enhance Your Zoning Request

    Many times a zoning body (Planning Commission, Township Board, etc) is reluctant to rezone a property without a specific use.  Once a parcel is rezoned, ANY USE PERMITTED in the "new" or rezoned district is fair game.  For example, rezoning a parcel from Agricultural to Commercial sounds simple when the petitioner is talking in general terms about his "hopes" for his new buildings or land use.  It may turn out that the Commercial District permits liquor stores in that district but the parcel in question is located near a residential area where such use might be frowned on.  Yet, a developer can talk about his "plans" and when the rezone comes about, the use may end up very different from those plans.  << Read More

  • Fred Boncher Co-Authors a Best Selling Book on Personal Injury

    Fred Boncher of the law firm of Schenk, Boncher & Rypma recently published a chapter in the book “Injured in an Accident?” The publisher of the book asked the best 10 out of more than 250 personal injury lawyers interviewed nationwide to share their insights into what a lay person should know when they are injured in an accident. The book which was edited by Donald Marcari and Richard E. Spalding was launched on Amazon on October 2, 2014. The book made the Amazon best seller list in a number of categories. It was rated #1 in personal injury law, #1 in law specialities, and #12 in law books generally. Under Amazon’s hot new releases it also rated as #1 on personal injury law, #1 on law specialities, and #6 on law. According to Amazon, the book ranked 1,127 out of 7,000,000 other books in sales on the day of the launch, putting it in the top one-tenth of one percent of book authors. To learn more about this book and perhaps to order it, go to The Book Store on www.amazon.com. Look for book specialities under personal injury. All of the profits from the sales of the book are being donated to charity, specifically to Kiwanis. Fred wants to thank everyone who purchased the book on its launch date and hopes that whoever buys the book will have a better appreciation of what to do when they are injured in an accident.  << Read More

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