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The Gallagher Law Firm with offices in Lansing, Mt. Pleasant, Grand Rapids, and Detroit provides a variety of legal services across Michigan for corporate and individual clients. Our AV-rated, highly experienced attorneys offer responsive and efficient representation. Learn why our clients consider the Gallagher Law Firm to be a trusted, insightful and experienced partner for their legal needs.

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LLC Membership Redemption vs Cross Purchase

When an LLC member decides to sell their membership interest, there are generally two methods by which the transaction can occur — redemption of membership interest and cross-purchase. Each method has various pros and cons, depending upon your obje… Read More
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Categories: Business Law
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Byron “Pat” Gallagher Appointed as Acting Jackson County Public Administrator

This year, Byron Gallagher was appointed as the acting Jackson County Public Administrator. His experience in this role is extensive. He had also been appointed as the acting Eaton County Public Administrator in 2023 and has been serving as the Ingha… Read More
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Categories: Notable News
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What is the Corporate Transparency Act?

The Corporate Transparency Act was enacted in 2021 and went into effect on January 1, 2024 with the aim of improving business activity transparency. It seeks to combat tax fraud, money laundering, and financing for terrorism by providing FinCEN with… Read More
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Categories: Business Law
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Gallagher Law Firm Welcomes Collin Branigan to Our Legal Team

Gallagher Law Firm, PLC is delighted to announce the addition of our newest attorney, Collin Branigan. Born and raised in Detroit, Collin received his Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University College of Law and his Bachelor’s degree from Mado… Read More
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Categories: Attorneys

Land Contract Default and Abandonment - is forfeiture or foreclosure required?

Does the seller of real estate on a land contract have to go through a district court forfeiture or circuit court foreclosure to obtain possession if the purchaser is not in possession of the real estate and has abandoned the real estate? The Michiga… Read More
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Categories: Real Estate Law

Oppression of LLC Member

What rights does a limited liability company member have if they are being treated unfairly by the other members of the company? The answer to this frequent problem is found in Michigan statute and case law. The statute MCL 450.4515 provides: A membe… Read More
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Categories: Business Law

Estate Tax

The Estate Tax is a tax on your right to transfer property at your death. It consists of an accounting of everything you own or have certain interests in at the date of death. The fair market value of these items is used, not necessarily what you pai… Read More
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Categories: Tax Law

Independent Contractors or Employees

The IRS requires business owners to correctly determine whether individuals providing services are employees or independent contractors. If your business has employees it must withhold income taxes, withhold and pay Social Security and Medicare taxes… Read More
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Categories: Employment Law

Pet Trusts

A trust for the care of a designated domestic or pet animal is valid in Michigan. The trust terminates when no living animal is covered by the trust. The trust will be liberally construed by the probate court to carry out the general intent of the tr… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning

Dissolution of a Corporation - Distributions to Shareholders

One of our customers that owes us money sent me a notice that they are dissolving. Can the shareholders of the dissolving corporation take the assets of the corporation without paying us? A dissolving corporation is required to make adequate provisio… Read More
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Categories: Business Law