Ramer, Moore, Schmoll & Martin, PLLC

Ramer, Moore, Schmoll & Martin, PLLC

Harbor Springs Attorneys

Firm Overview

Applying collective experience
First established in 1975 by James T. Ramer, Ramer, Moore, Schmoll & Martin, PLLC is the longest-established firm in Harbor Springs, Michigan. We pride ourselves on reliable and comprehensive legal services. Two of our partners, James T. Ramer and Frederick L. Schmoll are AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. All of our attorneys are respected in the community and within the legal profession.

A collaborative working environment
We have an active corporate, municipal and business practice, and strong real estate and estate planning practices, experience and skills. We encourage and foster good working relationships with other attorneys in the area, and endeavor to resolve legal problems without litigation, whenever possible. Our emphasis is on finding efficent and cost effective solutions to legal problems. If litigation is necessary, we advocate for our clients aggressively and thoroughly.

A knowledgeable and reliable support staff
Our staff is composed of friendly, experienced legal secretaries who are ready to assist you. We are a client-centered law firm that is committed to providing a high level of professionalism, personal attention, service and contact to all of our clients.
Main Office
Main Office
One Hundred Spring Street, First Community Bank Building
Harbor Springs  MI  49740
Phone
  • (231) 526-6214
Websites
Estate Planning
Estate Planning and Probate
Experienced Michigan estate planning attorneys
Estate planning has never been more essential. We assist our clients in the transfer of their wealth and estate to next generation and beyond, in a tax efficient manner. James Ramer, Joel Moore and Webb Martin of our offices have obtained the Michigan ICLE Certification as Estate Planning and Probate Attorneys. We believe our combined experience and collaborative efforts for clients, produces a better result for our clients. The attorneys at Ramer, Moore, Schmoll & Martin possess in-depth knowledge about all aspects of estate planning.

Probate
Our attorneys apply their extensive knowledge about Michigan probate court to guide you through the process of probating a will. We assist executors in all steps of the process, including:

-Creating a plan of action to probate the estate fairly and expeditiously
-Filing the will with the probate court in Michigan
-Closing and opening bank accounts
-Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
-Valuating the estate
-Managing and liquidating assets as appropriate
-Paying taxes and other debts
-Locating beneficiaries
-Hiring professionals and experts when necessary

James T. Ramer

Mr. Ramer is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal profession, for his professionalism and ethics.

Practice areas
- Commercial litigation
- Probate administration law
- Real estate law
- Estate planning law
- Creditors rights
- Civil litigation
- Complex litigation
- Trial practice

Admitted
-Louisiana, 1974
-Michigan, 1975
-U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1975
-U.S. Tax Court, 1975

Education
-Tulane University School of Law, J.D., 1974
-Ohio State University, B.A., 1971

Associations & memberships
-Emmet County (President, 1978-1979) and American Bar Associations
-State Bar of Michigan (Chairman, Emmet County Grievance Hearing Panel)
-Estate Planning Council of Northern Michigan (President, 1984-1985, 2001-2004)

Biographical details
-City Attorney, City of Harbor Springs, Michigan, 1977--
-Township Attorney, Readmond Township, 1989--
-Cross Village Township, 2004--
-Assistant Prosecutor, Emmet County, Michigan, 1977-1996
-Public Administrator for Decedents' Estates, 1978
Education
  • Tulane University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Joel B. Moore

Mr. Moore is BV Distinguished Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell for his professionalism and ethics.

Practice areas
- Commercial real estate sales
- Residential real estate sales
- Leasing
- Real estate development
- Real estate brokerage law
- Construction law
- Zoning law
- Financing
- Secured transactions
- Conservation easements
- Condominium development
- Condominium conversions
- Homeowners association law
- Boundary disputes
- Real estate taxation
- Transfer tax

Admitted
-Michigan, 1983

Education
-DePaul University, J.D., 1983
-University of Michigan, A.B., 1980

Associations & memberships
-State Bar of Michigan
-Michigan Association of Realtors
-Emmet Board of Realtors
-Emmet, Charlevoix and Antrim County Multiple Listing Service

Biographical details
-Former Board Member, Concord Academy of Petoskey
-Recycle North, Harbor Springs Area Sewage Disposal Authority (representing the City of Harbor Springs)
-Harbor Spring Kiwanis
-Former Chairman, Little Traverse Conservancy
Education
  • DePaul University
    Juris Doctorate

Frederick L. Schmoll

He is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.

Practice areas
- Municipal law
- Civil rights defense litigation
- Casualty litigation
- Environmental law
- Employment law and litigation
- Insurance

Admitted
-Michigan, 1970
-U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
-U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
-U.S. Supreme Court

Education
-Wayne State University, J.D., 1969
-Wayne State University, B.A., 1966

Associations & memberships
-Emmet-Charlevoix, Genesee County and American (Member, Business Law, Tort and Insurance, Litigation, Probate and Trust, Real Property, Energy and Environmental Law Sections) Bar Associations
-State Bar of Michigan (Member, Litigation, Environmental Law Sections)
-Defense Research Institute
-Michigan Defense Trial Counsel

Biographical details
-Delta Theta Phi
-Moot Court Board
Education
  • Wayne State University
    Juris Doctorate

Webb F. Martin

Practice areas
- Estate planning
- Trusts and estates
- Fiduciary
- Nonprofit organizations
- Small business
- Real estate

Admitted
-Michigan, 1970
-U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1970
-U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1970

Education
-Wayne State University, J.D., 1969
-Michigan State University, B.A., 1966

Associations & memberships
-Emmet-Charlevoix Bar Association
-State Bar of Michigan (Member, Probate and Estate Planning, Real Property, Elder Law Sections)

Biographical details
-Completed Institute of Continuing Legal Education Certificate Program in Probate and Estate Planning, 2005
-Formerly With: Bank of Hawaii, 1997-2002
-National Bank of Detroit, 1992-1997
-Genesee Bank, Flint, MI, 1975-1990
-Assistant to the Dean and Instructor, Wayne State University Law School, 1969-1970
-Past Chair of the Trust Division of the Michigan Bankers Association and President of the Flint Estate Planning Council
Education
  • Wayne State University
    Juris Doctorate
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