Benton Harbor, Michigan Real Estate Lawyers

Brian P. McMahon
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Saint Joseph, MI Real Estate Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(269) 408-8457 308 Main Street
Saint Joseph, MI 49085
Real Estate, Business, Employment and Estate Planning
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
For more than 24 years Brian has been handling most any manner of legal challenge his client's business is likely to encounter as it grows and weathers the storms that will come. This includes forming the business/entity, buying and selling an on-going business, buying and selling commercial real estate, human resource issues, contracts, leases, and representing businesses before the Michigan Talent Agency (i.e. unemployment agency), Michigan Department of Treasury, Michigan Department of Licensing, and Regulation, the Internal Revenue Service and many others. Brian is especially experienced in handling shareholder or member litigation, matters involving the Michigan liquor control...
Robert Lutz
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St Joseph, MI Real Estate Law Lawyer with 38 years experience
(269) 983-0658 320 Main St
St Joseph, MI 49085
Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Probate
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
St Joseph, MI Real Estate Law Attorney
(269) 983-0551 610 Ship St
St Joseph, MI 49085
Real Estate, Business and Estate Planning
St Joseph, MI Real Estate Law Lawyer
(269) 983-0161 811 Ship St
St Joseph, MI 49085
Real Estate, Environmental and Estate Planning
St Joseph, MI Real Estate Law Attorney
(269) 983-1000 728 Pleasant St
St Joseph, MI 49085
Real Estate, Business and Estate Planning
St Joseph, MI Real Estate Law Attorney
(269) 983-0755 720 State St
St Joseph, MI 49085
Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Tax
St Joseph, MI Real Estate Law Attorney
(269) 983-0755 720 State St
St Joseph, MI 49085
Real Estate, Business, Environmental and IP
St Joseph, MI Real Estate Law Attorney
(269) 982-7300 728 Pleasant St
St Joseph, MI 49085
Real Estate, Business and Estate Planning
St Joseph, MI Real Estate Law Lawyer
728 Pleasant St
St Joseph, MI 49085
Real Estate, Business, Criminal and Personal Injury
St Joseph, MI Real Estate Law Lawyer
(269) 983-0551 610 Ship St
St Joseph, MI 49085
Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Tax
St Joseph, MI Real Estate Law Attorney
(269) 983-0755 720 State St
St Joseph, MI 49085
Real Estate, Business, Environmental and Municipal
St Joseph, MI Real Estate Law Attorney
(269) 983-2518 600 Main St
St Joseph, MI 49085
Real Estate, Elder and Estate Planning
St Joseph, MI Real Estate Law Attorney
(269) 983-0561 519 Main St
St Joseph, MI 49085
Real Estate, Business, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Eau Claire, MI Real Estate Law Attorney
(861) 061-0971 Park Rd
Eau Claire, MI 49111
Real Estate, Antitrust, Arbitration & Mediation and Construction
East China University of Politics and Law and East China University of Politics and Law
St Joseph, MI Real Estate Law Lawyer
(269) 983-0325 2900 S State St
St Joseph, MI 49085
Real Estate and Estate Planning
Berrien Springs, MI Real Estate Law Attorney
(269) 471-2848 8976 US-31
Berrien Springs, MI 49103
Real Estate
Dowagiac, MI Real Estate Law Attorney
(269) 782-5144 204 Commercial St
Dowagiac, MI 49047
Real Estate, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Michael Villar
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Allegan, MI Real Estate Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(269) 673-3292 139 Riverfront Plaza
Allegan, MI 49010
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Criminal and Divorce
University of Michigan Law School
Mr. Villar graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and went on to hold clerkships for the Honorable George R. Corsiglia in the Allegan Circuit Court and for the Michigan Court of Appeals. Since entering private practice in 1993, Mr. Villar has participated in numerous high visibility cases throughout Southwest Michigan.

Mr. Villar has also worked for one of the largest law firms in America, Dorsey & Whitney. Dorsey & Whitney employed over 330 attorneys and had offices in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, New York, Brussels (Belgium), London (England), and Paris (France). While demanding, Dorsey & Whitney prepared Mr. Villar for...
Mr. Denzil Glenn Smith Jr.
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Portage, MI Real Estate Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(269) 447-5957 1591 West Centre Avenue
Suite 205
Portage, MI 49024
Real Estate and Social Security Disability
Ohio Northern University
Nathan Bocks
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Holland, MI Real Estate Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(616) 395-3761 1157 South Shore Drive
Holland, MI 49423
Free ConsultationReal Estate and Estate Planning
Marquette University Law School
Michael Haddock
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Douglas, MI Real Estate Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(517) 896-5421 P.O. Box 187
Douglas, MI 49406
Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Insurance Claims
University of Illinois - Chicago and Western Michigan University
Attorney Michael Haddock earned a Master of Laws in Commercial Real Estate Law and Development and a Juris Doctor JD with an emphasis in litigation and has years of corporate insurance law and litigation experience. His clients are individuals and businesses throughout the U.S. with a large percentage from Saugatuck, Douglas, Holland, South Haven, Chicago, and Kent, Van Buren Ottawa, and Allegan Counties. He serves our expanded community in issues regarding real estate, wills and trusts and litigation defending contractors, developers, real estate holding companies, assisted living communities, condominium associations, businesses and individuals and...
Adam Keilen
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Kalamazoo, MI Real Estate Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(269) 382-4818 141 E. Michigan Ave
Suite 602
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Construction and Estate Planning
Michigan State University
Attorney Keilen is licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan, the Federal US District Court for the Western District of Michigan, and the Federal US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Attorney Keilen is a Board Member and Attorney Representative for Kalamazoo Plus; he is an Advisory Board Member for the Michigan Medical Device Accelerator.

Attorney Keilen is a commercial litigator specializing in closely held business disputes; he is also the founder/owner of a local medical device company, giving him a unique appreciation for the legal issues in today’s business environment. Attorney Keilen has been a guest...
Ross Keilen
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Kalamazoo, MI Real Estate Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(269) 382-4818 141 E. Michigan Ave.
Suite 602
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Real Estate, Business and Estate Planning
Ross W. Keilen is an attorney with Keilen Law, PLC. Ross focuses his practice on helping individuals and businesses with challenges, transactions, and disputes; Ross specializes in commercial litigation, business/corporate law, estate planning, assets management, personal injury, and probate disputes.

Ross earned a Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University; thereafter, he graduated from the Michigan State University College of Law, where he received several jurisprudence awards and was listed on both the Honor Roll and the Dean’s List. Ross is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.

Ross lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He enjoys golf, distance running and sailing. He...
Jenny L. DeGraves
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Holland, MI Real Estate Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(616) 394-4276 217 East 24th Street, Ste. 201
Holland, MI 49423
Real Estate, Estate Planning, Landlord Tenant and Probate
Michigan State University
David E. Ryan
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Kalamazoo, MI Real Estate Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(269) 275-4085 229 E Michigan Ave Ste 245
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Employment and Municipal
Drake University Law School
Over 20 years actively practicing law in Southern Michigan. I was a partner at a large law firm for several years, but now I operate my own small firm. Because of that, we have significantly reduced overhead compared to large law firms. This means we can provide clients with the highest quality legal services at a lower expense.
Robert J. Pleznac
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Kalamazoo, MI Real Estate Law Lawyer
(269) 381-3771 622 W Lovell St
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Real Estate, Bankruptcy and Collections
Kenneth Puzycki
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Holland, MI Real Estate Law Attorney
(616) 738-8800 1180 Ottawa Beach Rd
Holland, MI 49424
Real Estate and Estate Planning
Shaun Patrick Willis
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Paw Paw, MI Real Estate Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(269) 492-1040 203 South Niles Street
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Construction, Criminal and DUI
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Attorney Shaun Patrick Willis is a trial lawyer. Recognized in Superlawyers for Business Litigation, Construction Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, and Criminal Litigation. www.wwplc.com Attorney Willis is licensed in all of the State Courts of Michigan, the Supreme Court for the State of Michigan, the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, the United States Federal Court for the Western District of Michigan, and the United States Federal Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Brett A. Cummings
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Kalamazoo, MI Real Estate Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(888) 635-3824 491 West South Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Real Estate, Bankruptcy and Environmental
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Brett A. Cummings graduated in the top 10% of his class from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and earned his J.D. while working full-time for a subsidiary of Xerox and attending weekend classes. He was one of the founding members and treasurer of the Grand Rapids Weekend Student Association. Brett earned the Certificate of Merit in Equities and Remedies. He spent one year attending Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin before returning to Michigan and finishing up his B.A. in Business Management with a focus on economics and international relations at Western Michigan University. As part of his education, he...
Michael Willis
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Paw Paw, MI Real Estate Law Attorney
(269) 492-1040 203 South Niles Street
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Tax
University of Michigan Law School
Michael J. Willis is the co-founder and managing partner of the Western Michigan law firm of Willis Law. This firm is headquartered in Kalamazoo and has a satellite office in Grand Rapids. Mr. Willis primarily practices estate and trust planning, probate administration and litigation, corporate and real estate law. Recognized in Best Lawyers in America**, and Leaders in the Law, and rated AV-Preeminent** by Martindale-Hubbell's, Mr. Willis has consistently demonstrated the highest levels of legal skills and ethics. In 2007, Michigan Lawyers Weekly listed him as an "Up and Coming Lawyer," an honor bestowed upon less than .02 percent...
Kalamazoo, MI Real Estate Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(269) 383-5894 277 South Rose Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Real Estate, Administrative and Business
Michigan State University College of Law
Kalamazoo, MI Real Estate Law Attorney
(269) 388-6810 277 South Rose Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Real Estate, Administrative and Business
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Kalamazoo, MI Real Estate Law Attorney
(269) 383-5818 277 S Rose St
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Real Estate, Administrative and Business
University of Notre Dame Law School
Kalamazoo, MI Real Estate Law Attorney
(269) 383-5833 277 South Rose Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Real Estate, Administrative and Business
Michigan State University College of Law
Kalamazoo, MI Real Estate Law Lawyer
(269) 383-5878 277 South Rose Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Real Estate, Administrative and Business
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Kalamazoo, MI Real Estate Law Lawyer
(269) 383-5853 277 South Rose Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Business and Employment
Wayne State University Law School
Kalamazoo, MI Real Estate Law Lawyer
(269) 383-5850 277 South Rose Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Real Estate, Administrative and Business
Michigan State University College of Law
Kalamazoo, MI Real Estate Law Lawyer
(269) 383-5897 277 South Rose Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Real Estate, Administrative and Business
Michigan State University College of Law
Holland, MI Real Estate Law Attorney
(616) 396-3225 85 E 8th St
Holland, MI 49423
Real Estate, Business and Estate Planning
Kalamazoo, MI Real Estate Law Attorney
(269) 226-2976 303 N Rose St
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Real Estate, Business and Health Care
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Real estate refers to land, as well as anything permanently attached to the land, such as buildings and other structures, and covers more than just the drafting of contracts for the purchase and sale of property. Both federal and state laws regulate real estate transactions. The Federal Fair Housing Act, for example, prohibits discrimination in real estate transactions on account of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Many states have enacted similar legislation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of certain characteristics.

Attorneys in this field may handle leasing issues, landlord-tenant disputes, eviction proceedings and homeowner association (HOA) problems. Other matters within this practice area include title disputes, mortgages, covenants, easements, and equitable servitudes. Many real estate issues can affect both commercial and individual renters and landlords. Real estate lawyers who represent commercial interests may also focus on land use, zoning, environmental law, or eminent domain issues.

Some states provide a certification for lawyers who have demonstrated experience and competency in the practice of real estate law. These attorneys must meet certain educational, experience, and examination requirements to receive the certification as a specialist.


Deed: The legal document that transfers the ownership of real property from one party to another.

Mortgage: A mortgage is a document signed by a borrower when a loan is made that gives the lender a right to take possession of the property if the borrower fails to repay the loan.