Legal issues can be expensive, stressful, and time-consuming. If you, your family, or your business is facing a legal situation, seeking advice from a local law firm in Midland, MI, could restore your peace of mind. Whether you’re starting a new business or navigating the Michigan probate process, our experienced attorneys can explain your rights and legal options, help protect your interests, and support you in making informed decisions about the future.
We are proud to announce that Schinners & Cook has opened a second legal office in Midland, MI. Building on the success of our Saginaw practice, our Midland office provides a full range of legal services.
Our experienced legal team assists individuals, families, and companies in Midland and Midland County with all their business law, estate planning, probate, elder law, real estate, and litigation needs. At Schinners & Cook, we take a full-service approach that enables us to build long-term relationships and provide reliable, comprehensive representation that other law firms and solo practitioners cannot.
If you face a legal issue in Midland, MI, call us at 989-799-5000 or complete our contact form today for a free and confidential case review.
At Schinners & Cook, we can assist you in a wide array of legal situations. Our law firm in Midland, MI, works in the following practice areas:
Schinners & Cook can help. Our attorneys can explain your rights, lay out your options, assist with paperwork, and advise you on the next steps. To speak to an experienced Midland lawyer, contact us today.
Our lawyers are happy to assist you throughout the life of your company. We will work to protect your current business interests, help you achieve your future goals, and develop custom legal solutions for your unique needs in all aspects of:
Starting a business
Buying a business
Running a business
Reviewing financing options
Minimizing start-up and maintenance costs
Minimizing start-up and maintenance costs
Drafting lease agreements
Getting out of your lease early
Dealing with employment issues
Winding down a business
Selling a business
Transferring business interest to another party
Ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations
Protecting your family and employees should something happen to you
Shielding you and the business from liability
Business transactions can expose you to liability. Sometimes, this results in litigation, but you don’t have to go through it alone. At Schinners & Cook, we work with your accounting advisor to minimize liability exposure by properly structuring transactions and other business operations, including:
Asset and stock sales
Contingent and assumed liability
A well-thought-out estate plan can enable you to:
Plan for a time when you may become incapacitated
Distribute your assets as you see fit after you die
Protect your estate from creditors and the IRS
Keep your affairs confidential by avoiding probate
Minimize the administrative burden on your loved ones
A will is a document with instructions for the distribution of your assets after you pass away. In your will, you typically name a Personal Representative to manage your estate and guardians and conservators for any minors. However, a will on its own does not always prevent probate, so we recommend pairing it with an estate plan as a backup.
The financial Power of Attorney designates a person (Attorney-in-Fact) to pay your bills and handle any expenses should you become incapacitated. Power of Attorneys can also help avoid the hassle and costs of a formal conservatorship.
Dealing with the passing of a loved one is hard as it is. Unfortunately, sometimes you must deal with the added pressures of the probate process, but you do not have to do it alone. Without a will, your estate will go to Michigan’s probate court to distribute your assets after you die. Our Midland probate attorneys can guide you through all the steps with sympathy and compassion.
Our probate legal services include:
Appointing a Personal Representative
Assisting the Personal Representative
Notifying all heirs and distributing assets to beneficiaries
Filing all necessary paperwork
Ensuring compliance with Michigan probate laws
If your late loved one had set up a Trust before they died, Schinners & Cook can help you administer it. Our Trust administration services range from a single distribution to beneficiaries without the need for probate to distribution that lasts years due to the need to care for minor children.
We can also help set up a Trust to protect and distribute your assets according to your wishes once you pass away. A Trust may also allow your heirs to avoid probate and make it harder for other parties to challenge the asset distribution.
Elder law is similar to but different from estate planning. Estate planning involves planning the distribution of your assets after you die. While elder law also involves some estate planning, its main focus is protecting your assets, rights, and well-being while you are still alive and planning for your later years.
Our Midland elder law attorneys can assist you with a wide range of issues affecting seniors, including:
Long-term care planning
Estate planning, including wills, Trusts, and probate
Elder fraud, including financial abuse of seniors
Medicare and social security issues
Employment discrimination based on age
At Shinners & Cook, we work hard to help you stay clear of legal disputes. If you or your business does face a lawsuit, our attorneys can develop a thorough conflict resolution and litigation strategy to protect your interests.
You may be able to resolve your dispute without expensive and lengthy litigation. We can help you to pursue a resolution while avoiding litigation and preserving an amicable relationship with the other side through mediation, arbitration, or informal negotiation.
Our law firm in Midland, MI, can represent you in all types of commercial litigation, including:
Breach of contract
Stockholder derivative suits
Our experienced lawyers at Shinners & Cook can assist you with civil disputes, such as:
Real estate disputes
Estate planning disputes
Non-criminal traffic violations
Liquor Control Commission violations
Whether you are dealing with potential misconduct by Trustees, Personal Representatives, or beneficiaries, we can provide legal representation until you reach a resolution. After that, we can oversee the administration of the estate or Trust to keep issues in check.
Our Midland real estate attorneys can help you with litigation involving:
Conflicts in purchase agreements
Problems relating to the sale, purchase, or ownership of real estate
We can help you save time and money and avoid complications in transactions involving residential or commercial real estate, including:
Property tax appeals
Easements and licenses
Property sales and purchases
Environmental issues and protection
The experienced attorneys at Shinners & Cook can guide you through any personal or business legal issue.
Together, we will examine your case, explain your rights, and discuss potential next steps. We will fight to protect your interests, all while treating you and your family with sympathy and respect.
Our law firm in Midland, MI, serves individuals, families, and businesses in all of Midland and Midland County. To get a better idea of our expertise and the quality of our service, read the testimonials from our many satisfied clients on our website.
Call Shinners & Cook at 989-799-5000 or fill out the online contact form for a free and confidential case review.