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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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  • A Few Ways You Can Help with Your Social Security Disability Case Part II

    Here are a couple more ways you can help your attorney with your social security disability case:  << Read More

  • 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

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