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  • Court Sends Warning Signal to Michigan Business Owners Regarding Shareholder Oppression Litigation

    June 2, 2015

    (June 25, 2015) A recent decision by the Michigan Supreme Court raises two important points for Michigan businesses and business owners: issues of shareholder oppression and any potential remedies for oppression are decided by the judge, not a jury, and a violation of a shareholder agreement or other governing corporate documents can create a claim for […]

  • Wealthy Lake Michigan homeowner wins back property tax exemptions

    May 15, 2015

    “The ruling will cut Nass’ $17,000 winter property tax bill by about $9,000 a year for the home she owns on 100 feet of Lake Michigan beach.”

  • New FMLA Forms Available for Employers

    May 8, 2015

    (May 28, 2015) Earlier this year, many of the forms that employers use in the daily administration of FMLA leave became defunct because the effective date on the forms expired without the U.S. Department of Labor issuing a replacement form. Well, we’re pleased to report that it’s now time to discard those old forms. The […]

  • SHHH….DON’T TALK ABOUT IT

    April 8, 2015

    (April 8, 2015) Rhoades McKee Protects Employer from Unfair Labor Charge – Most employers strive to keep Human Resources matters such as the discipline or discharge of an employee confidential and often instruct other employees with knowledge of the matter to not talk about it with others. Some even formalize the instruction in their handbook […]

  • Grand Rapids Business Journal, “Law firm sees attorney collaboration and growth ahead”

    March 30, 2015

    “The new “fresh and modern” space was designed with an eye toward the future and with a goal of counteracting the unintended consequence of a more technology-driven work style”

  • Listing Broker’s Liability for Failure to Disclose Property Defect

    March 4, 2015

    (March 4, 2015) Historically, Michigan courts have been reluctant to impose upon listing brokers a duty of disclosure to purchasers of real estate. However, two recent decisions by the Michigan Court of Appeals illustrate important exceptions to the general rule that listing brokers do not have a duty of disclosure to buyers.  Each case involved […]

  • A cautionary Tale for Residential Real Estate Professionals: Appraisal Contingency May Not Mean What you Intend

    February 16, 2015

    (February 16, 2015) Since the economic downturn and real estate mortgage crisis of 2008-09, it has become common for buyers and their agents to include a provision in a purchase offer for residential property which makes the agreement contingent upon the property appraising for an amount equal or greater to the purchase price. We have […]

  • An Overview of Buying or Selling a Business

    February 10, 2015

    Buying or selling a business can seem like a daunting task. Business owners are often neck deep in the operations of the business and may not have thought about details that should be addressed to maximize the business value. The buyer, on the other hand, may be interested in owning a business, but not know […]

  • New Michigan Personal Property Tax Exemption Requirements

    January 26, 2015

    (January 26, 2015) The personal property tax reform mandated by Michigan voters by way of Proposal 1 last August is now in effect. This is welcome news for businesses, especially manufacturers. However, the new statutory provisions have their share of nuances and steps to take in order to benefit from the reform.  There are two main […]

  • Rhoades McKee Expands to the Lakeshore

    December 8, 2014

    Rhoades McKee is pleased to announce an expansion of legal services to Holland, Michigan and welcomes a new shareholder, Peter D. Rhoades. The firm’s expansion opportunity stems from a long affiliate relationship with Rhoades. “Prior to the expansion, we have enjoyed opportunities to jointly service financial institutions as well as a variety of other business […]

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