BANKING & BUSINESS FINANCE
Our banking and business finance practice consists of lawyers with a broad range
of experience in lending and financing matters. Hill Devendorf's representation
of commercial banks and asset-based lenders includes the loan origination
process and related customer issues, as well as evaluating and documenting commercial real estate transactions. We handle lending transactions large and
small, secured and unsecured, simple and complex. We also are active
in the area of debtor-in-possession and other bankruptcy related
matters involving troubled companies.
BUSINESS & EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION
When legal problems escalate, our
attorneys have experience in all aspects of trial and appellate practice in
local, state, and federal courts, and before civil rights and labor agencies,
and other administrative boards and commissions. Hill Devendorf's client representation involves
corporate and other business litigation and disputes, wrongful discharge and
discrimination suits and all other aspects of employment law. Our attorneys
also regularly serve as advocates before mediators and arbitrators in private
and court-ordered proceedings of dispute resolutions.
Our experience makes us an important
legal resource in a number of areas, including commercial finance,
business torts and proprietary information, contracts, environmental issues,
health care, insurance coverage and claims, ERISA, defamation, lender liability and banking transactions,
real estate and construction, wrongful discharge
claims, employment discrimination, layoffs and reductions in force, and
employment related and administrative claims.
COMMERCIAL & REAL ESTATE
From office parks, industrial buildings
and commercial developments to apartments, condominiums and single-family home
purchases, Hill Devendorf attorneys have the expertise to handle all phases of
real estate transactions. We regularly advise clients on issues related to
contracts, land acquisition, development, financing, construction, leasing and
operations. We are experienced in the negotiation and
preparation of purchase and/or sale documentation, drafting condominium
use planning and development, resolution of title issues, securing property tax
adjustments, handling zoning variances, negotiation and preparation of loan
documentation, as well as foreclosures and condemnations.
CONDEMNATION & EMINENT DOMAIN
In the highly specialized area of
condemnation and the law of eminent domain, Hill Devendorf has represented
condemning authorities with respect to public highways and bridges, water and
sewer projects, airports, natural gas pipelines and other projects. On behalf of
property owners faced with a condemnation, we have not only been successful in
recovering compensation for our clients, but have also successfully negotiated
alternative remedies to our clients' benefits.
For individual entrepreneurs to large
corporations, Hill Devendorf provides a full range of counsel to address the
ongoing business needs of our clients. We offer expertise in tax and business
planning, licensing, franchising, business formation, governance, and regulatory
compliance as it relates to complex business transactions. Our services also
include drafting and reviewing loan documentation, buy-sell arrangements,
administrative actions, and litigation should the need arise.
Our legal expertise includes issues in
the area of regulation of healthcare providers under state and federal law and
the full spectrum of legal issues involved in running a health care practice.
LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW
Hill Devendorf represents a variety of
corporations and business entities, unions, and employees in all facets of labor
and employment law, including wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment,
disability, family leave and other matters. We also handle collective bargaining
and arbitrations, labor agreement negotiations, and grievance/arbitration
proceedings. In addition, our attorneys regularly provide employee counseling
and the preparation of employment manuals, investigate and advise on
discrimination issues, evaluate labor decisions and assist organizations in
avoiding employment problems.
Our experience in the areas of real
estate, tax, zoning, contract and related areas of the law enhance Hill Devendorf's expertise in matters involving municipal law. We
represent numerous local governments and townships in meeting the full range of
needs, from administrative matters and compliance issues to inter-government
disputes, defense litigation and public employee relations.
PENSION & EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
Hill Devendorf attorneys are experienced
in providing counsel related to the design and administration of retirement, pension, health
and welfare benefits plans. We handle issues arising under ERISA, the nature and
extent of fiduciary duties by plan administrators, compliance, and reporting
issues. We also offer distribution and tax planning for both individuals and plan
PROBATE & TRUST ADMINISTRATION
Clients who benefit from the counsel of
Hill Devendorf in the areas of probate law and trust administration include individuals, bank trust
departments, individual trustees, and personal representatives, as well as
other interested persons. Our attorneys'
experience in tax and estate planning and probate enable us to effectively
advise clients with estate and trust administration, contested probate matters,
litigation, fiduciary liability and the understanding of the Estate and Protected
Individuals Code (EPIC).
TAXATION & ESTATE PLANNING
By focusing on the income, gift, and
estate tax implications of multi-generational estate planning, Hill Devendorf
can maximize our clients' personal, financial and business goals and objectives.
We customize the development of each plan using the clients' accounting,
insurance, and financial information in order to preserve and protect
accumulated wealth for current and future generations. Commonly used tools
include revocable trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, family limited
liability companies, qualified personal residence trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts,
charitable trusts and more. In addition, the use of durable powers of attorney
and patient advocate designations provide continuity and flexibility in the
event of a client's incapacity. We also have extensive experience in planning
for the special needs of family members who are disabled, and assist families in
post-mortem administration and tax planning, including related probate matters
and the preparation of estate tax returns.
Representing property owners, building contractors, building material
suppliers, architects and engineers, Hill Devendorf offers a full range of legal
services in the construction industry. We regularly consult with clients for
preventive contract review. We can act quickly to preserve construction lien
rights of builders and suppliers, to defend owners from improper claims or
liens, or to litigate claims of owners for poor workmanship or building
MEDIATION AND A.D.R. (ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION)
Hill Devendorf has attorneys experienced in acting as circuit court and
district case evaluators, arbitrators, facilitators, and court-certified
mediators with special training required by Michigan Court Rule. We are
available by court order or by direct request by parties in dispute for skilled
efforts to bring them to a reasonable resolution all in strictest confidence.
We represent clients in all aspects of Elder Law. Elder Law
generally involves helping our clients plan for old age or to help parents or
friends who are elderly and in need of assistance. This might involve a power of
attorney, patient advocate designation and a Trust or Will, or it might involve
court supervised guardianships or conservatorships. It may also involve applying
for Medicaid to avoid or minimize financial hardships when a loved one is in
need of nursing home care. We file the applications for Medicaid and help with
the needed changes in estate plans that a nursing home situation requires. We
can also offer advice in planning for incapacitated family members. Our
experience in these matters can make a difference for you and make a difficult
experience a little easier.
We file the applications for Medicaid in nursing home
situations, and help with the needed changes in estate plans that a nursing home
situation requires. We can also offer advice in planning for incapacitated
family members. Our experience in these matters can make a difference for you
and make a difficult experience a little easier. An impression is sometimes
created that you must have less than $2,000.00 before you can qualify for
Medicaid; this is misleading at best. There are alternatives and we can assist
you in considering what might be helpful for you.