Reed Law PLC

Reed Law PLC

Your LOCAL attorney! We serve individuals & families who have been INJURED and need Quality Representation. We also provide Estate Planning, Business or Real Estate Representation. We provide personal attention to all of our clients!

Firm Overview

Reed Law tenaciously represents individuals, families and small businesses when dealing with serious legal issues. Reed Law is focused on PERSONAL INJURY, AUTO-ACCIDENTS, and Michigan NO-FAULT LAW. Additionally, Reed Law provides superior service in Personal and Family ESTATE PLANNING, REAL ESTATE Representation and SMALL BUSINESS Representation.

Reed Law is your local lawyer who focuses on clients and not billable hours. We communicate the law to you in "plain English" and are with you every step of the way.

Reed Law provides personal attention with technology that fits your everyday life. Respect for your concerns, your business, your ideas, your opinions, and your finances sets us apart from the large, impersonal law firms. Detailed focus and communication are the keys to exceeding your legal expectations and Reed Law takes this seriously.

Serving the greater Kalamazoo area, Attorney Phillip Reed meets with each client at an initial interview to discuss your legal situation. After the initial interview, a complete analysis of the potential causes of action and remedies is provided and discussed in plain English. Reed Law PLC believes that each client needs to understand the law relevant to them and needs to understand potential strategies that maybe available. Regardless of your legal issue, we strive to keep every client continually informed and updated throughout the legal process.

Reed Law experienced in estate planning, personal injury real estate and business law.
Main Office
Main Office
119 North Church Street
Suite 202
Kalamazoo  MI  49007
  • (269) 216-9976
As both a small business and a law firm, Reed Law PLC understands the challenges, cost restrictions, and excitement during the early stages of forming a new business and the challenges associated with maintaining a successful enterprise.
Reed Law recognizes how critical it is for small businesses in Michigan to understand and comply with the local, state, and federal laws when forming a new business and how proper business formation and planning are essential to building your dream.

Reed Law is dedicated to helping Michigan business owners make the transition from dream, to goal, to realization, and has the legal knowledge and skill that your business needs to achieve its goals at a manageable cost.

Reed Law is committed to exceeding your legal expectations and provides small business owners a variety of services including:
Sole proprietorship
Professional corporations
Mergers and acquisitions
Business succession
Business disputes

Seeking legal advice when starting a new business ensures that your business is set up properly and is in compliance with the applicable laws and regulations. Proper planning avoids pitfalls. Avoid future problems by setting up your business right, ensuring smooth operation for years to come. Reed Law assists its clients with the acquisition of businesses and real property including:
Business property acquisition
Lease agreement review
Tenant agreements
Purchase agreements
Contractual obligations

Reed Law provides "white glove service" to all small businesses, regardless of size. We provide legal advice that respects your limited start-up capital, so before starting your new business be sure to discuss your plans with Reed Law PLC.
More than a transaction:

Starting and building a business is more than a job, it's personal. Reed Law understands the effort involved in starting a new enterprise, and is excited to see your business grow and flourish.

We are committed to providing you the service and expertise you would expect from a large firm without the impersonal nature and high fees attached. Reed Law helps its clients with more than formation, we are here to assist your business throughout the years with any other need your business may have, including:
Annual Reports
Corporate minutes
Contract drafting
Employee policies
Personal issues
Commercial litigation

Turning dreams into reality:
Big things have small beginnings. Every business venture starts with a simple idea. That idea is developed through proper planning and hard work. As a new business entrepreneur, you may understand the ins and outs of your business, and know how to make it succeed, however do not overlook the details.

Reed Law is here to answer any legal question you may have as you are starting or growing.
Estate Planning
Servicing Michigan, Reed Law understands the importance of planning for the future and that each individual requires a customized plan. Estate plans, wills, and trusts are very personal and should reflect your beliefs and values.
Two things in life are certain, death and taxes, and oddly enough these two things go hand in hand. Every person needs an estate plan to protect their loved ones when the inevitable occurs. Estate planning is more than drafting a will, it focuses on handling the issues that are uncomfortable to think about such as unexpected death, incapacity or illness. Dealing with the passing of a loved one can be devastating, that is why it is so important to prepare before the unthinkable occurs.

Estate plans can be used to ensure the ongoing care and financial security of your loved ones or the preservation of an individual's legacy. Reed Law can help you identify what is important to you and customize a personalized plan around what you hope to accomplish or protect.

Reed Law estate planning provides

Wills and Trusts, including life insurance and real
estate trusts
Revisions of existing wills (codicils)
Durable powers of attorney
Living wills and designation of patient advocates
Family business succession planning
Guardianship and conservators

Wills and trusts are essential, powerful tools that outline the designation of assets, assign guardianship over minor children, and provide instruction on how charitable gifts are to be handled. Having a properly prepared will and trust removes uncertainty and addresses individual issues specific to you. Generic form wills and trust are often poorly constructed and do not recognize your specific needs. An attorney should prepare your estate plan because your individual plan will:

Be customized and designed to fit your specific needs
Be done correctly the first time giving you peace of mind
Provide a contact point for the family
Help protect against probate taxes
Have properly prepared living wills and patient advocate
Real Estate
Reed Law is focused on providing each of its clients with superior real estate legal services. With over 15 years of real estate sales, rental property management,and mortgage financing, Reed Law can handle almost any situation.
Our services include:
Acquiescence (boundary line disputes)
Adverse Possession (ownership based on long-term possession)
Advising and assisting in the negotiations to acquire or
sell residential and commercial property
Drafting residential and commercial purchase agreements
Conducting due diligence on title searches, disclosures, and financing documentation
Conveyance of real estate
Construction and development issues
Contract drafting
Handling liens against property
Review and preparation of closing documents
Drafting residential and commercial lease agreements
Property tax appeal negotiations
Delinquent property tax negotiation and settlement
Unpaid rent collection
Quiet title actions
Foreclosure advising and negotiation
Land contract negotiations
Easement Issues
Short-sale workouts and negotiations
Personal Injury
Your Local Personal Injury Attorney. We are focused on obtaining the HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOVERY that will properly compensate you for your injury.
At Reed Law, we have unfortunately seen too many loved ones lost or injured due to the negligence of drivers on the road. With the increase in cell phone use, distracted driving is causing more and more accidents every year. Reed law is committed to increasing awareness regarding the impact of distracted driving in attempt to make our communities safer. However, if your family member has been tragically killed due to distracted driving Reed is committed to representing your families interests.

Reed Law is a small firm and chooses to stay that way in order to focus its attention on serving clients on a personal level. We are not concerned with a high volume case load or flashy commercials. We are dedicated to serving the community locally and helping those families who are in need of help.
Trucking Accident
If someone you love is hurt or killed in Michigan in an accident involving a truck, you may be entitled to significant compensation.
Michigan law is very clear in stating that if an accident victim dies, the deceased's estate has the legal right to sue the person responsible for that death and recover damages.

Large trucks can weigh thousands of pounds. It's the responsibility of the driver of those large automobiles to maintain proper control of them at all times. This includes making sure the brakes, horn, turn signals, tires, and other equipment on the truck meet or exceed reasonable safety standards. This is important because even a minor problem with the equipment on large, powerful trucks can lead to serious injury or death if they're involved in an accident.

The driver of the truck must also be properly licensed, sober, and have had the appropriate amount of rest. They must also operate the truck at the appropriate speed for the conditions and make sure it is serviced regularly. Failure to do any of these things means chances are high that they or the company for which they work can be found liable for the accident and any injuries or death resulting from it. Determining whether the driver and the trucking company have fulfilled all their legal responsibilities is essential should an accident occur.

You Need Competent Legal Representation

The average person doesn't have the resources to do a thorough examination of the driver and the truck involved in an accident. If that accident results in serious injury or death, it's important get competent, experienced, legal presentation. A team of lawyers with the resources to do a thorough investigation and the wisdom to know what elements of the accident require close scrutiny. We have the investigators that are specially trained to identify problems with the truck and/or the driver involved in any accident.

But that is not the only reason you should choose us to represent you in a serious injury or wrongful death lawsuit against a truck driver, owner, or trucking company. We understand the complex legal issues involved in these cases including the importance of jury selection, the issues to be raised, interpreting the police report and witness statements, the jurisdiction in which the case is argued, and all other pertinent factors that are relevant to the outcome of the case. We know exactly what to do to get you the type of settlement you deserve.

Dangerous Trucks

Large trucks are involved in about 500,000 accidents in the U.S. each year. Approximately 5,000 of these result in fatalities. In fact, trucks are involved in more than 15% of traffic fatalities. About 98% of the fatalities in accidents between tractor trailers and passenger vehicles are people in the passenger vehicles. One the other hand, trucking generates more than $800 billion in revenues each year and is expected to keep growing.

Sadly, truck drivers and trucking companies sometimes attempt to circumvent safety rules in order to make more money. The increasing number of injuries and deaths caused by accidents involving trucks means the growth in commercial trucking is good for business but dangerous and even deadly for other drivers.

What Happens If The Truck Driver Was Not Completely At Fault

Determining who was at fault in these accidents can be challenging. Trucking companies often have high-powered attorneys to argue on their behalf in court. That can put the loved ones of the victim at a distinct disadvantage. We have successfully fought these companies many times and are willing go to bat for you to determine whether the truck and its driver were completely at fault or what their degree of liability is.

Know Your Rights

Whether your loved one was seriously injured or killed, you have the right to file suit to cover the costs associated with repairing or replacing their vehicle, paying medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, future earnings and funeral costs. But time is of the essence. There are strict filing deadlines and evidence becomes more difficult to collect with each day that passes. Contact us today and our experienced attorneys will begin immediately to work to get you the settlement you deserve.
Auto Accident
Reed Law understands the devastation a car accident or injury can cause on you and your family's life. We are ready to diligently represent you to recover what you deserve
Reed Law is dedicated to providing legal counsel to individuals injured in Southwest Michigan, including Kalamazoo, Van Buren, St. Joseph and Calhoun county.

You have just been in an accident, now what?

Do you know what your insurance policy covers? Have you spoken with an insurance adjuster and gotten the "run around." Insurance companies are for profit companies, so make sure you have someone on your side, fighting for your rights and benefits.

Does my Insurance Company have me covered?

This is one question that most of our clients ask. The simple answer is, maybe. The problem with most insurance companies is that they want to handle a claim as quickly for as little as possible. The problem with this is that individuals like you, do not receive the coverage that you need. A skilled attorney will handle negotiations with insurance companies and file suit if necessary to ensure you get what is owed to you.

Michigan No-Fault Insurance benefits:

Did you know that every driver in the State of Michigan is required to have an automobile insurance policy with no-fault benefits? If you were injured in a Michigan car accident, motorcycle accident, truck accident, bicycle accident, or pedestrian accident, you are most likely entitled to Michigan No Fault insurance benefits regardless of who was at fault for the accident. Passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists and others are also often entitled to receive these benefits even if they did not have an auto no-fault insurance policy

What is covered?

No-fault insurance, like all insurance can be complicated. There are several different Michigan No-Fault Insurance benefits you are entitled to receive after suffering injuries in a Michigan car accident. These No-Fault Benefits include:

Medical Bills
Prescription Costs
Rehabilitation Expenses
Attendant Care Services
Wage and Income Loss
Replacement Services (household chore expenses)
Survivor's Loss Benefits (funeral, lost wages)
Case Management Services
Medical Mileage
Home Modification and Accommodations
Special Transportation or Van Modifications
Free consultation and no fee promise:

Reed Law will meet with you to discuss your possible claim for benefits and fully explain what remedies you have available. Additionally, if you choose to have Reed Law represent you in your claim against the insurance company or another person involved in the accident, we don't get paid unless you do.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Partner Phillip Reed has lived in southwest Michigan his entire life. Attorney Reed understands the complex and often frustrating nature of personal injury lawsuits, estate planning complications real estate and business transactions. Reed Law was established with a focus on clients, and not billable hours. Reed Law believes that the understanding the client and the client's needs is essential to superior representation.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We are not the big firm with the big advertising budget. We focus on individual clients. I choose to only represent those in our surrounding community and provide them with one on one personalized representation.

We understand your needs and circumstances and will work diligently on your legal needs.

Phillip Reed

Phillip earned his Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was in the top 3% of his class.
Phillip focused his legal education on litigation and negotiation strategies and tactics. Prior to attending law school, Phillip was the vice president of a small mortgage brokerage firm in Kalamazoo, Michigan and has been a licensed real estate agent in the State of Michigan for the past 8 years. Phillip is also an active landlord and is the vice president of LakeStar Advisors, a business acquisition firm.

Phillip brings a "think outside of the box" approach to everything he does. Looking at each situation as if the glass were half full rather than half empty. Phillip's desire is not to meet, but to exceed each client's expectations.
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