The firm recently represented one of the country’s premier nursing home organizations for purposed of obtaining construction loans for several new facilities in Michigan. The firm has represented a number of different health care organizations and developers in the acquisition of facilities and development projects as well as the refinancing of existing loans related to such projects. One of these involved the refinance of multiple bank loans involving several Michigan nursing home facilities. Another involved the refinance of HUD loans involving several Michigan nursing home facilities. These projects frequently involved complex issues requiring sophisticated business structuring designed to address the unique needs of our clients.
The firm has represented multiple individuals and small businesses in securing offers in compromise and installment agreements in satisfaction of their obligations to the Internal Revenue Service. The firm has negotiated installment agreements requiring payments as low as $100 per month. We recently negotiated an offer of $1,600 which the Internal Revenue Service accepted in compromise of a married couple’s tax obligations. The firm has handled numerous audits by the Internal Revenue Services in Michigan Department of Treasury in matters involving income taxes, employment taxes, sales, use and withholding taxes. The firm has successfully defended individuals and small businesses in United States Tax Court, United States District Court, the Michigan Tax Tribunal and various other Michigan state courts on various tax issues. These project frequently require our attorneys to be well versed in all aspects of tax law where changes are constant.
The firm regularly represents small business in the sale and acquisition of professional and other business practices. WE recently represented a health care specialist and joint venture in their respective acquisition of a couple of Michigan assisted living facilities and have also represented clients in their sale of assisted living facilities. The firm has recently represented a group of certified public accountants in acquiring a new accounting firm and the procurement of a new lease. The firm recommended to a client that it restructure its foreign limited partnership and designed a unique plan of reorganization for such purpose. We have also represented clients in their formation and operation of non-profit entities and acquisition of new business interest.
We were recently contacted by a client who operates a medical facility. A prominent insurance provider had denied coverage for one of the physicians, which severely limited the revenues generated by this physician, as a large portion of the patient base covered by that insurance provider. We reviewed the documents associated with the denial, conducted an investigation and concluded that the denial was based upon a misinterpretation of those documents. We then met with the client at the physician to prepare for a hearing before a review panel. We attended the review hearing with the client and physician. Counsel and the physician responded to the questions posed by the review committee. As a result of the meeting, the insurance provider reversed the decision.
The firm recently filed suit in Federal Court in a contract case. Eight months later, we obtained a judgment for a full amount owned, and reasonable attorney fees and costs, and successfully garnished the full amount owed.
The firm regularly represents employers, employees and labor organizations in wide range of labor and employment matters, including unfair labor practice litigation and representational issues before the National Labor Relations Board, negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, arbitration of disputes under collective bargaining agreements, and employment litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. The firm also counsels clients regarding the drafting of employment policies, handbooks and agreements, and in connection with labor/management relations, with proactive strategy designed to avoid unnecessary litigation costs.
Planning that Fits the Client’s Needs
Estate planning should not be a one-size-fits-all project where attorneys simply fill in the blanks on a standard document and have their clients sign the documents with little review or explanation. While everyone can benefit from engaging in the estate planning process, without taking the time to understand the client’s personal and financial situation it is impossible to provide the client with the guidance needed to protect themselves and their loved ones. In just the past month, our practice has tackled many different client circumstances, providing each with the services and documents that are appropriate.