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    PA 36, 2015 amends the Revised Judicature Act to permit a Demand for Payment or Demand for Possession to be served on a tenant via electronic means, (e.g. email) if the tenant has consented to receive service electronically.  Our suggestion - if you are a Landlord, provide in your lease agreement consent for electronic service and obtain the tenants email address or fax number.  This will save the cost of service, the time it takes to accomplish service, and can shorten the time it takes to obtain judicial relief.  IMPORTANTLY, you may NOT refuse to lease to a tenant because the tenant will not agree to accept electronic service.    << Read More

  • Gary Schenk Recognized for Excellence in Law

    Congratulations to Gary Schenk for being recognized for Excellence in Law by Worldwide Registry.  Click on the link below to see why Gary was awarded this recognition.  << Read More

  • 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

  • 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

  • Employment Law--Drug Testing

    Drug testing is a fait accomopli in existing employment law.  It is permitted and employers who have legitimate concerns regarding drug use are becoming increasingly interested in conducting drug testing.  This is particularly true in the case of a new applicant for employment.  << Read More

  • Rent A Lawyer Program--A Program For Small Business

    Has something like this ever happened to your business?  It's business as usual--things are going fine, then a couple of your accounts receivable are past due; a machine that you purchased recently doesn't work the way it was promised to work; one of your employees is accused of sexually harassing another employee or you worry that contract you drafted on your own may not be sufficient.    << Read More

  • Schenk Boncher & Rypma--Top Area Law Firm

    SBR has been selected by the Grand Rapids Business Journal as one of the Top Area Law Firms in 2014 for the second year in a row.  Thanks to all attorneys, staff and clients for making it so!  << Read More

  • Pre-Eminent AV Rating for SBR

    SBR has received the coveted Pre-Eminent/AV Rating (Highest Rating for Legal Ethics and Competence) from Martindale-Hubble for 2014, continuing a tradition of excellence in legal ratings from one of the country's premier legal rating companies.  << Read More