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Great Lakes Law Firm, PLLC: legal counseling & services in Grand Blanc, MI.

GLLF, PLLC concentrates on estate planning, Gift & Estate tax minimization, business formation, and income tax management.

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GLLF, PLLC offers flat-fee business services.

Need to form a business?  This firm can

  • Create a corporation, a limited liability company, or partnership;
  • Draft bylaws, articles of association, or partnership agreements;
  • Act as a resident agent;
  • And file for an EIN with the IRS, if needed.

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GLLF, PLLC offers flat-fee estate-planning services too.

Need to protect your property or determine who gets what after you are gone?  This firm can draft

  • Wills,
  • Durable power of attorney for healthcare,
  • Durable power of attorney for finances, or
  • Trusts including  revocable or irrevocable trusts, dynasty trusts, asset-protection trusts, gun trusts, pet trusts, and specialized tax-minimization trusts.

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And don't go it alone! GLLF, PLLC offers limited-scope representation.

  • What to avoid large legal fees by representing yourself in court but are overwhelmed?  Contact GLLF, PLLC for limited-scope representation (e.g. drafting complaints, answers to a suit, interrogatories, requests for production, or motions to dismiss) and have this firm handle some of your legal work at a reduced cost.

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Business services offered:

Corporation formation

  • Drafting and filing articles of incorporation.
  • Drafting corporate bylaws.
  • Counseling for corporate tax status: s corporation or c corporation.
  • Filing for an E.I.N. with the I.R.S.
  • All available for a flat fee.

Limited Liabilty Company formation

  • Drafting and filing articles of organization.
  • Drafting association agreements.
  • Counseling for company tax status:  disregarded entity, partnership, s corporation, or c corporation.
  • Filing for an E.I.N. with the I.R.S.
  • All available for a flat fee.

Partnership formation

  • Drafting partnership certificates.
  • Drafting partnership agreements.
  • Filing for an E.I.N. with the I.R.S.
  • All available for a flat fee.

Resident agent services

  • Act as a corporation's or a company's resident agent.
  • Billed quarterly, semi-annually, or annually at a flat-fee plus any expenses incurred.

Tax minimization

  • Develop strategies to minimize taxes on corporate distributions like dividends.

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Succession, merger, or acquisitions

  • Structure and draft buy-sell agreements.
  • Structure and draft succession management agreements.
  • Negotiate mergers or acquisitions.
  • Or help with obtaining financing.

Death and taxes, it's what we do.

Sorry, but it is inevitable.  Everyone pays taxes and everyone dies. Great Lakes Law Firm, PLLC in Grand Blanc focuses on death and taxes, so you do not have to.  Retain GLLF, PLLC to provide legal counsel, prepare a will, a power of attorney, or a trust to help you sleep better at night knowing that you are prepared for the inevitable.

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Why is estate planning so important?

All states have an estate plan set for you, but you may not like it!

Each state, including Michigan, has laws in place that will determine where your property will go if you do not have an estate plan.  This is called intestate succession, which applies to anyone who dies without an estate plan (e.g. a will or trust) already in place.

A state's estate plan works through probate court, can be costly, and is public.

Through state law, probate courts will determine who gets your property when you are gone.  This process can be time consuming, costly, and very stressful for those you have left behind.  Because this process is handled through the courts, the process is public.  And the results may not be what you want.

Making plans now gives you control over your property while maintaining your privacy, now and later.

Generally there are two parts to an estate plan: plans for you while you are alive but cannot make decisions for yourself and plans for after you die.  An effect estate plan addresses both.

There are plans for when you cannot make decisions for yourself.

Powers of attorney allow you to determine, in advance, who can make decisions when you cannot.

  • HIPAA releases allow doctors and other medical care providers to discuss your situation with others when you cannot.
  • Durable medical powers of attorney allow others to make medical decisions for you when you are unable (e.g. in a coma).
  • And durable powers of attorney allow others to make decisions for just about everything else.

There are plans to control your property for now and in the future.

Trusts allow you to control your property now and give it away later when you are gone.  

  • Revocable trusts allow you to control your property while you are alive and determine who gets your property when you are gone, but this plan can be taken back by the giver at any time.
  • Irrevocable trusts also allow you to control your property while you are here and determine who gets your property when you are gone, but these cannot be taken back by the giver.

Wills also give your property to another after you are gone.

  • For less-complex arrangements, wills provide a cost-effective way to give your property to others after you are gone.
  • Wills, however, do not protect your property from creditors.
  • Wills become public and are maintained on file forever.
  • For those with trusts, wills are still necessary to make sure all your property is addressed.

And there are specialized plans.

Trusts can be established for many specialized purposes:

  • Protect personal property forever;
  • Property protection from creditors;
  • Minimizing estate and gift taxes;
  • Protecting guns and other firearms;
  • Caring for your pets after you are gone;
  • And providing for a non-profit or a charity, if you like.

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Don't go it alone!

Limited-scope representation

The Michigan Supreme Court changed the rules on January 1, 2018, so you do not have to go it alone when you want to represent your self in a Michigan court.  And Michigan clients win big through reduced legal fees!


GLLF, PLLC can be engaged for a limited scope.  Under a limited-scope retainer agreement, this firm can draft litigation documents (e.g. complaints, answers, and motions) for you to file with a Michigan court when you want to represent yourself.  Additionally, this firm can be retained for limited-scope civil litigation to provide you legal counseling prior to taking action or after you have filed an action in court.  So this firm can help you in your self-represented civil litigation matter so you do not have to go it alone.

Tax-reduction planning and strategies

GLLF, PLLC can provide tax counseling to minimize federal gift, federal estate taxes, or federal income taxes.  This is very important for small-business owners or those who have property to pass on to others.  Get in front of the issue before it becomes your problem. 

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GLLF, PLLC is here to help, so reach out!

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We can only do this together.

GLLF, PLLC can only help you if we can get to know each other and determine your legal needs.  Drop the firm a line here or by phone.


But contacting GLLF, PLLC now does not mean an attorney-client relationship has been created.  So do not provide confidential details just yet.  Conflicts checks must be made first.  Just provide a general description of your issue.  Then we can work out a retainer agreement, if there are no conflicts, and create an attorney-client relationship to protect you.

Great Lakes Law Firm, PLLC

Grand Blanc, Michigan

(810) 624-1368

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