The Real Estate Development Blog


  • Recent Legislation Improves Michigan Brownfield Program

    February 22, 2017

    The “traditional” sources of funds for the development of real estate include senior debt and equity.  However, certain development projects would never launch without the use of additional funding mechanisms in the form of state or federal financial incentives.  These projects include sites with historic contamination, deteriorated infrastructure, and/or inadequate or obsolete structures, referred to […]

  • Commercial Construction Summit: Building Blocks for your Commercial Construction Business

    February 12, 2017

    Connect with lawyers, accountants, architects, developers and insurance specialists for a one day summit designed to enhance and protect your business.  

  • Form or Substance: Enhanced Practice for Physician’s Assistants?

    February 8, 2017

    (February 9, 2017) The Michigan Legislature in December amended an existing law governing the practice of medicine by physician’s assistants.  The new law, 2016 P.A. 379, takes effect March 22, 2017.  It is intended to give physician’s assistants (PAs) greater autonomy in day-to-day operations by allowing them to practice without daily supervision of a physician.  […]

  • Michigan Legislature Abolishes Dower

    January 22, 2017

    Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation on January 6, 2017 abolishing a surviving wife’s dower right in her deceased husband’s property, making Michigan the final state to eliminate this law. However, some states still retain a form of dower, but in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of sex, they offer a reciprocal right to […]

  • Do You Want to Place a Bet?

    January 18, 2017

    The Strategic Use of Offers of Judgment (January 19, 2017) We previously discussed ways to recover fees in litigation through contract or statutory provisions. But what if you don’t have a contract or statute allowing you to recover your fees from the other party? The Michigan Court Rules provide another avenue for a party to […]

  • New Statute Precludes Plaintiffs in Medical Malpractice Actions from Recovering Windfall in Economic Damages

    January 17, 2017

    (January 18, 2017) Under certain contractual agreements between health insurers and medical providers, many medical providers agree to accept a reduced amount for medical services provided to the patient as payment in full.  The difference between the amount billed and the amount actually accepted as payment in full by the provider is commonly referred to […]

  • Domestic Violence and the Workplace

    January 8, 2017

    Not just a domestic issue, domestic violence and its repercussions affect your employees and your workplace. Through presentations and case studies, this important half-day presentation will help your leadership and managers to better understand domestic violence and its impacts, develop skills and policy to guide response, and learn about resources available to you and your […]

  • Brainerd Elected to Shareholder

    January 3, 2017

    (January 3, 2017) Rhoades McKee is pleased to announce that Catherine Brainerd has been elected to Shareholder. Brainerd focuses her practice helping individuals, business owners and insurance companies navigate disputes both in and out of the courtroom.  She specializes in areas involving real estate, employment and probate. She is a member of the Grand Rapids […]

  • Get to Know: Bruce Courtade

    January 3, 2017

    “An alumnus of the University of Michigan Law School, Bruce Courtade is a shareholder with Rhoades McKee, PC, in Grand Rapids. A past president of the State Bar of Michigan (2012-13)”

  • How Well Do You Know Your Construction Job Site?

    December 30, 2016

    “General contractors need to be aware of the practices and procedures employed by workers on their job sites, and immediately put a stop to any prohibited or unsafe behavior they observe.”

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