My focus is to make sure viable options are offered to the client, offer possible solutions and then collaborate to create effective resolution. I look at the client, and their family if applicable, as a whole to offer a broader view that might offer long-term benefits not previously recognized. I believe there are many times when a thorough understanding of the issues results in solving problems through negotiation or mediation with much better results. Namely it's less expensive, quicker, maintains relationships, usually covers several issues (not just legal) and results in successful and satisfying outcomes. Naturally this is not always possible but, it surely is often overlooked as a solution.
My firm was established in 2007 while I worked part-time at a non-profit called Elder Law of Michigan. Law is a second career for me. I spent many years working in commercial and residential real estate, sales, leasing, appraising, consulting, advocating, and mediating. A significant part of my work was in public projects where I continue to have a strong interest. Rebuilding cities and creating communities, and the housing and the commercial uses, spaces and transportation possibilities that go with it, are very exciting.
Had an individual challenge an assessing decision which resulted in several thousands of dollars in savings.
Helped older senior arrive at an agreement & structure his personal and real property assets to allow aging-in place with grandson's help.
4121 Okemos Road
Okemos MI 48864
I would be willing to consider a discount to new clients who mention Nolo.
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
But I work weekends and evenings in the Greater Lansing/East Lansing area as required and am willing to meet clients at a location convenient for them, particularly for the elder/disabled community.
I work from Manistee County, Michigan on occasion (231-794-1863) and Gladwin County Michigan (989-492-0197) besides Okemos and Greater Lansing Area in Michigan.
My Okemos office is handicap accessible.
Real estate or real property is basic to all of our lives. It's fundamental to wealth creation, forms the foundation for our families, hosts the things we like to do, the places we like to go. It can be beautiful and efficient or it can be neglected and spoiled. Real estate is a broad and diverse area of the law and is always interesting.
Elder law is about working with our vulnerable population. We are all aging. It is a newer area of the law, and diverse like real estate. There are ways we can plan and decisions we can make to increase the quality of life for ourselves and loved ones by being proactive. Decisions also lend themselves to outcomes affecting a whole family. The idea of bolstering families to grow together on a bedrock of solid decisions is very appealing. I like mediation because participants positively grow as a result of the process. Litigation is wasteful and negative but, sometimes unavoidable.
It is important to understand basic information about a legal matter to better organize your own thoughts.
I would be willing to consider.
Yes, I would be willing to do this. Our agreement as to scope of services would need to be clearly established.
My first job was working for American Cancer Society in Detroit, which was a wonderful experience being exposed to a broad range of people. During that time, I acquired a Master's degree in Counseling as I was impressed with the work of some of the service programs being used. I did some substitute teaching and, then went into real estate when we started a family. I worked through the ranks of residential sales, appraising, commercial appraising, commercial sales/leasing, Planning Commissions, Assessing Boards of Review and then in Right of Way work with Consumers Energy and an engineering consulting firm. The right of way work is heavy-laden with legal issues, contracts, constitutional issues, property rights, municipal codes, administrative codes, state and federal law, environmental and transportation issues, and so on. Initially I didn't consider a practice outside of real estate but did a mediation internship and then volunteered at Elder Law of Michigan and recognized how rewarding it was to work with seniors and their families. The disabled community faces many issues as do seniors, so elder law and disabled are often combined.
It all contributes. Relationships have provided the most, as a wife, parent, daughter, etc.
Listen first, ask questions, explain, offer possibilities, together format a plan, initiate and then stay in communication with you to resolution.Personal interests:
Exercise, traveling, outdoors, my family, dabbling in artsy creative expressions of mixed outcomes!
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