The Traverse City office of the law firm of Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge opened in 1990 with seven attorneys. Today, the office has tripled in size to include over 20 attorneys who practice a full range of legal services including business law, estate planning, family law, real estate law, and litigation. Situated in the heart of the business and shopping district of downtown Traverse City, Smith Haughey is located at the corner of E. Front and N. Park streets.
Notably, in the 2012 issue of Best Lawyers in America, the Traverse City office had more attorneys listed than any other law firm in the area in the following categories:
- Top-listed in Traverse City.
- Top-listed in Traverse City in bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights law.
- Top-listed in Traverse City in bankruptcy litigation.
- Top-listed in Traverse City in bet-the-company litigation.Top-listed in Traverse City in commercial litigation.
- Top-listed in Traverse City in government relations.
- Top-listed in Traverse City in insurance law.
- Top-listed in Traverse City in personal injury litigation.
- Top-listed in Traverse City in trusts and estates.
Visitors are encouraged to park in the conveniently located Larry C. Hardy Parking Deck located at 303 E. State St. with two entrance options
1) on E. Front St. between Boardman and Park St. and
2) on E. State St. between Park St. and Boardman.
Parking will be validated by Smith Haughey.
News for Traverse City
Take Note - We Have a New Address!
Coming Soon in 2014
Summer Associates Join Smith Haughey
Summer Associates Join Smith Haughey
John Blakeslee Joins Smith Haughey
Smith Haughey Lawyers Named “Super Lawyers”
SHRR Increases Donations to Charity
Attorney Kloet Joins Smith Haughey
Fred Joins Smith Haughey
SHRR Attorneys Earn Appointments to FDCC
Smith Haughey Sponsors Ice Sculpture
Lawyers Voted "Best" By Their Peers
Bearup Named "Best in the U.S."
SHRR Lawyers are Super
SHRR Attorneys Voted Best
Thompson Joins SHRR
Quicks to Teach in China
Family Law Group Grows
Kristen Campbell Joins Smith Haughey
Worden Admitted to State Bar
Cocktails & Compliance
Cocktails & Compliance
TAHRA: Conducting Human Resource Audits
Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference
Presentation on Collaborative Divorce
Blog posts for Traverse City
Attorney Tim White discusses why self-review is vital when it comes to your estate plan.
While we may not have control over when we will be affected by incapacity, we can control how our personal and financial affairs will be managed and who will manage our affairs when we are no longer able to.
As we look forward to celebrating our 75th anniversary this year, we look back on the history of our firm.
Early in 2015 the Michigan legislature adopted a number of significant changes to Michigan’s Nonprofit Corporation Act. While many charitable, non-profits are formed on a directorship basis most homeowner associations such as cooperatives, summer resort associations and condominium owners associations are formed on a membership basis.
Smith Haughey attorneys Scott M. Brookens, Cortney S. Danbrook and Sheila E. Eddy were featured presenters at the National Business Institute’s Winery and Vineyard Law Seminar held in Grand Rapids on March 15, 2016.
Do your employees have questions about completing their tax returns without the 1095-B and/or 1095-C?
Just in time for tax season, the IRS has published a very helpful website that assists employees who received their W-2's but, due to IRS's ACA reporting extension haven't yet received their 1095-B and/or 1095-C.
The IRS has extended the due dates for the 2015 ACA reporting. Read more about these extended due dates at our blog now.
PA 152 “hard cap” limits are updated for 2016.
Everything could change in an instant, so understanding why estate planning needs to be at the top of your to-do list is essential for you and for your loved ones.
Our Traverse City office's 25th Anniversary!
Today the IRS released the much anticipated final 2015 forms and instructions for Code Sections 6055 and 6056 reporting.
After a breach in security by cyber thieves during the 2015 filing season, the IRS has released a statement regarding taxpayers account information and what you need to know to keep your information secure.
Did you know One Great Movie Can Change You?
If you and a friend (or two) both share a desire to take advantage of the Great Lakes that surround us, but have no desire to drown in debt while doing it, you may want to consider a boat share. It can be financially responsible & a fun way to enjoy the summer!
Due to recent changes in Michigan law relative to “uncapping” and the LLC, make sure you're familiar with how your family cottage is being managed so it stays just that: in the family.
When an otherwise healthy pregnancy is not a disability in the eyes of the law, is an employer still required to accommodate an employee whose pregnancy poses a barrier to the performance of her job duties?
To decrease the adverse effects of their terminators, employers should consider these five points before approving an employee termination.
Often one goal in estate planning is to preserve a family’s legacy, as few assets carry more legacy aspects than a farm or orchard that has been in the family for decades. A family’s identity is directly related to the memories, relationships, and historical ties with this land and preserving that legacy can be a challenge.
Raise funds for the Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center and show your support to girls who are breaking the mold, discovering their inner selves and turning the impossible into possible on Saturday, May 23, 2015.
The collaborative divorce practice is a relatively new, multi-disciplinary approach designed to minimize conflict in the divorce process.
In recent years, charities have developed many easy ways for people to make donations. Stores ask you to donate at checkout, email solicitations almost always include a “donate now” button, and donations can now often be made by text message or smart phone app.
Your current job and earnings should not be impacted due to a criminal record. With the right lawyer on your side you can erase the past in order to change your future.
With the passage of Senate Bill No. 1033, the door is now open in Michigan to the direct primary care model.
The ABLE Act adds a new section, Section 529A, to the Internal Revenue Code to allow for the creation of new tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will continue to be big news throughout 2015.
We are fortunate to live, work and play in communities that place serious focus on philanthropy. And, while Thanksgiving was this past week, we still have a full month before the holidays are officially over. So, let’s give thanks and give back.
Melissa L. Baumgartner joined Smith Haughey in July 2014 as the newest addition to our Traverse City team, practicing in the areas of family law and estate planning.
Take the first step to securing your family cottage by downloading our presentation. If you would like to speak with an estate planning attorney, our team can assist you in creating a cottage plan that best complies with your wishes for the family cottage.
A collaborative divorce allows the parties to resolve these issues themselves through the assistance of collaboratively trained attorneys, financial experts and counselors. In fact, all issues are resolved before a complaint for divorce is filed.
A violation of the Michigan Building Contract Fund Act (MBCFA) (also commonly known as the Michigan Builders Trust Fund Act) is not enough, by itself, to make a debt non-dischargeable in bankruptcy.
On Saturday, over 25 of our Traverse City staff members will participate in Run For Shelter, a 5k walk/run to benefit the Goodwill Inn Homeless Shelter affiliated with Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan.
Most people’s parents would like to remain in their own homes as they age, even if their health necessitates some supplemental health care. But not everyone can. Transitions can be stressful, but there are ways you can help your parent smooth the transition, reduce stress and make a successful change.
One of the most important, and often the most difficult, questions to deal with in estate planning is deciding who to authorize to act on your behalf when you are no longer able to do so, either because of your incapacity or your death. In developing an estate plan you may need to name multiple fiduciaries. These fiduciaries serve a number of very distinct and important roles.
The process of passing down the family cottage, which seems fairly straight forward at first, can become quite complicated, very quickly.
It is typically important to both spouses to protect and preserve the value of their family business. But what happens to the business if the couple divorces? Attorney Robert W. Tubbs discusses the options spouses have when dealing with this unique situation.
Smith Haughey had the opportunity to recognize inspiring women in our community as well as right here at our office.
Anders J. Gillis joined Smith Haughey’s Traverse City team in August 2013, practicing in the areas of commercial litigation, real estate and trusts and estates.
Our new capital gains and Net Investment Income Tax regime adds a layer of complexity to income tax planning, but it also creates several very attractive opportunities, including Gain Harvesting and income-shifting gifts.
At Smith Haughey, we believe that the communities we serve are largely responsible for our decades of success. We also believe that service to others is a privilege. And we believe that we have a responsibility to make our communities a better place. That’s why we’ve made it a habit to give back to our communities, both through corporate philanthropy and our commitment of time.
Our attorneys and professional staff express their deep sense of community in many ways. In Traverse City, for example, one of our staff members was on the committee that held the first ever HeartChase event to benefit the American Heart Association.
We are also actively involved in the following organizations:
- Area Community Living Foundation
- Alzheimer’s Association of Northern MI
- American Cancer Society
- American Heart Association - Heart Chase
- Big Brother Big Sister of Northwestern Lower Michigan
- Child and Family Services
- Father Fred Foundation
- Great Lakes Children’s Museum
- Involved Citizen’s Enterprise
- Michigan Land Institute
- Munson Health Foundation
- National Cherry Festival
- Northwestern Michigan College Scholarship Fund
- Rotary Clubs
- Third Level Crisis
- Traverse City Figure Skating Club
- Traverse City Film Festival
- Traverse Symphony Orchestra
- Women’s Resource Center
101 N. Park St.
Traverse City, MI 49684
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