“It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over:" Navigating Michigan’s Appellate Court System

What happens after a jury delivers a verdict? After a judge dismisses a case? Litigation at the trial court level is often viewed (and rightfully so) as the “big game” between a plaintiff and a defendant. But once a verdict is issued or a case dismissed, an appellate attorney’s job may only be beginning.


The appellate arena is a different ballp…

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Owner Liability Under Michigan Law:

What You Should Know Before You Allow Someone Else to Drive Your Car

A reoccurring question we receive from our clients is whether they can be sued if they allow a family member or friend to borrow their car and the family member or friend gets into an accident. People are sometimes surprised to learn that the answer to that question is yes – even if you were not a passenger at the time of the accident, and even if …

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Dowers Bills Signed Into Law

At the beginning of this year, the Michigan legislature and Governor Snyder finalized the enactment of Senate Bill 558 and 560 - legislation that effectively abolishes dower rights in the state of Michigan. If you are not a real estate professional in Michigan, then you probably have no idea what a dower right is or why slews of real estate attorne…

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Home Sharing and Short-Term Rentals in Michigan

We all know the old saying “sharing is caring,” but these days, sharing is not only caring, it is capitalizing on unused assets, turning more and more people into overnight entrepreneurs. What am I talking about? I’m talking about the home sharing economy. Defined as a short-term rental where one rents part or all of his or her home for a short per…

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Smith Haughey Extends Work with Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan for January's Jeans Day

A "home away from home" that always has freshly baked cookies and a home cooked meal, the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan (RMHWM) provides residency for families traveling to the Grand Rapids area for their child’s medical or mental health treatments.


After volunteering at RMHWM for our annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Sm…

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