Case Studies


    September 7, 2022

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued an Administrative Notice on August 24, 2022, providing for penalty relief for late filed tax returns and late filed information returns for the taxable years 2019 and 2020.  To qualify for the penalty relief, the taxpayers must submit any eligible tax return for these years on or before September […]

  • Rhoades McKee Welcomes Neil Kimball and Dan Parmeter

    May 30, 2022

    Rhoades McKee is pleased to announce that attorneys Neil Kimball and Dan Parmeter have joined the law firm as shareholders. Neil Kimball Neil joins Rhoades McKee as a member of the Estate Planning and Administration, Business and Corporate Law, and Real Estate Law Teams. Representing individuals and businesses since 1984, Neil specializes in estate and […]

  • Michigan Supreme Court to Reconsider Scarsella v Pollak

    January 3, 2022

    Continuing a recent trend of granting leave in medical malpractice cases, the Michigan Supreme Court recently granted the plaintiff’s application for leave in Ottgen v Katranji to address whether its 2000 opinion in Scarsella v Pollak, 461 Mich 547 (2000) was “correctly decided.”  In Scarsella, the Michigan Supreme Court held that a timely complaint filed […]

  • OSHA Mandates COVID-19 Vaccination or Weekly Testing for Employers with 100+ Employees

    November 4, 2021

    Today, November 4, 2021, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) implementing President Biden’s mandate that all employers with 100 or more employees to require employees either be fully vaccinated or produce negative test results for COVID-19 on at least a weekly basis before coming to […]

  • East Grand Rapids Residents’ PRE Reinstated and Tax Refunded

    September 9, 2018

    Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury) denied homeowners a Principal Residence Exemption (PRE) on their East Grand Rapids home for tax years 2014-2016, claiming that homeowners received a similar exemption on an out-of-state condominium during the same period. This resulted in nearly $10,000 of additional property tax liabilities for the homeowners. Homeowners filed an informal appeal […]

  • A Rare Occurrence: A Jury Trial in Ottawa County

    January 4, 2018

    The civil jury trial is a fundamental part of our democracy and has been a part of our country since its inception. Yet, many people do not realize that, in present-day America, civil jury trials are exceedingly rare. Statistics from Ottawa County prove this point. From 2012 to 2016, 2,082 civil cases were resolved through […]

  • Tax-Exempt Status Secured for Non-Profit Properties

    October 11, 2017

    Rhoades McKee challenged the denial by 12 municipal tax authorities of real property and personal property tax exemptions regarding a charitable organization with 23 assisted living facilities in Michigan. One of these matters (Baruch SLS v Township of Tittabawassee) was litigated before the Michigan Tax Tribunal, the Michigan Court of Appeals and ultimately the Michigan […]

  • Attorney undermines estate plan of wealthy philanthropist

    June 13, 2017

    Richard Donahue, having no children of his own, treated his nephew, David Barnes, very much like a son.  While Richard did not discuss the details of his $30,000,000 estate with his nephew, David was told that he would eventually be appointed as Trustee of his trust. Richard also advised David that he would have Richard’s […]

  • Retired Physician Seeks to Maintain Independence

    June 4, 2017

    92-year-old Dr. Frank Griffin came to Rhoades McKee looking to retain his independence. His children believed that his age and his relationship with a much younger woman clouded his judgment and had petitioned the Probate Court to appoint a guardian and conservator for him. After retiring from a successful medical practice, Dr. Griffin had substantial […]

  • Investigation Leads to Evidence of Trustee’s Misdeeds

    April 18, 2017

    All names have been given fictional replacements to protect the identity of our client. The legal facts and resolution of the probate litigation case have not been altered. Jack was the only mutual child of Robert and Alice Dempsey, who both had children from prior marriages. Robert was a wealthy and well-known local business owner. […]

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