-Mortgage Banking; Real Estate; Business Organizations; Probate Law; Estate Planning
Admitted: 1981, Michigan and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
Law School: Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, J.D.
Member: Washtenaw County Bar Association (President, Young Lawyers Section, 1984); State Bar of Michigan (Member, Sections on: Real Estate; Probate).
Biography: Associate Attorney, Whitker, Benz, Shaner and Olsen, 1981-1987. Attorney/Owner, Smillie & Associates, 1987-2000. Partner, Eby Conner Smillie & Bourque, PLLC, 2000—.
Born: Ann Arbor, Michigan, September 27, 1954
Born and raised in Ann Arbor, I came back to practice law in 1981 after obtaining a B.A. from Michigan State University and Juris Doctor from Chicago Kent Law School. My law practice focuses on three areas: (1) real estate, (2) small business, (3) wills and probate. For over 25 years I have provided personal attention, prompt communication and a high quality legal strategy to meet my clients' needs.
My real estate practice includes mortgage law, wholesale mortgage lending and servicing issues, mortgage brokers, credit fraud and mortgage loan fraud. I resolve title defects and boundary disputes through title insurance claims and lawsuits to quiet title. I represent real estate brokers with licensure and agency issues, parties to commercial and residential conveyances, landlords in landlord/tenant disputes, homeowner's associations and parties in construction law disputes. Thus, I have experience in foreclosures of mortgages, land contracts, construction liens and homeowner association liens for unpaid dues.
My business law practice includes business formation of corporations and limited liability companies, buying and selling of businesses, employment contracts, collections and asset recovery claims.
My wills and probate practice includes estate planning, revocable living trusts, probate and trust administration, guardianship and conservatorship law.
Education: Michigan State University, B.A., with high honors, 1977
Chicago Kent College of Law, J.D., with honors, 1981
Biography: 1981 to 1987, Associate attorney, Whitker, Benz, Shaner and Olsen
1987 to 2000, Attorney/Owner Smillie & Associates
2000 to present, Partner, Ellis, Eby, Conner, Smillie & Bourque, PLLC