Serving Jackson and Surrounding Communities for Over 100 Years

Business Law / Services

The business attorneys of Curtis, Curtis & Brelinski, P.C. provide the highest-quality legal services and advice to a broad range of closely-held and family businesses in Jackson and throughout mid-Michigan. Our corporate lawyers know that using the…

Business Succession Planning

For most business owners, the principal concern when their business is in its developing stages is growing that business and reaching profitability. While business development is critical, it is also important for business owners to make sure they ha…

Business Transactions

Business transactions include almost any transaction or deal that a business may be involved in during its lifecycle, including the acquisition of another business, the purchase or sale of equipment or other capital assets, business financing and len…

Corporate Maintenance

Operating your business in Michigan as a corporation, LLC or other business entity can provide you with valuable asset protection and other benefits. However, the legal protection afforded by these entities can evaporate if your business is not pro…

Employment Law & Benefits

Curtis, Curtis & Brelinski, P.C.’s business and corporate law attorneys assist Michigan companies in developing and utilizing appropriate employee contracts, handbooks and policies to attract and retain key employees and ensure compliance…

Entity Selection & Business Formation

Today there are many different types of legal Michigan operational entities, including corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, professional corporations, and limited partnerships. Operating your business through one of these various…

General Contracts & Forms

The foundation of all business relationships is the basic contract. Whether it is a complex purchase agreement for a multi-million dollar business or a simple form agreement for your business, our Jackson-based business attorneys have the resources…

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property creation and infringement in Michigan is governed primarily by federal law. Intellectual Property is a broad term used to describe the legal rights that are available to protect the physical embodiment of the product of intelle…

Non-Profit Organizations

Although non-profit organizations are businesses, they are quite different than their for-profit siblings. Non-profits are organized and governed under a different set of laws and regulations. Our non-profit lawyers can help you formally organize and…

Secured Transactions

A secured transaction is one that involves the use of collateral to secure a debt. It requires careful consideration and adherence to the rules of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) regarding perfection and priority of security interests. A creditor…

Estate Planning, Probate & Trusts

For over 100 years, our downtown Jackson-based estate planning, probate and trust litigation and administration lawyers have assisted individuals, families and fiduciaries (trustees and personal representatives) all over southern Michigan. Many times…

Estate Planning

Estate Planning is an area of law that seeks to help individuals and families prepare for their personal, medical, family, and financial affairs in the event of death, serious illness, or disability. When most people think of estate planning, they th…

Power of Attorney

Along with a will, everyone, at a minimum, should have the following two important estate planning documents. Michigan Durable Power of Attorney — Financial A Financial Power of Attorney is a written document authorized by Michigan law that all…

Special Needs Trusts & Planning

A Special Needs Trust (also commonly known as a Supplemental Needs Trust) is a Trust that is designed specifically to benefit someone with a disability. A Special Needs Trust allows a person under a physical or mental disability — or an individual…

Trusts

A Trust can be somewhat simple or highly complex. There are many different types of trusts for many different reasons. At its most basic level, a Trust is a written document that controls the disposition of your assets during your life, as well as af…

Wills

A Will is a written document that is properly executed and witnessed that allows you to do the following (in addition to other options): Determine who will receive your assets after your death, once your debts and expenses are paid; Appoint a person…

Reviewing / Updating Your Current Estate Plan

Do you have a Will or Trust? Has it been a few years (or longer) since your estate plan was created? Have you thought about making changes? Have you experienced a major life event that may impact your current plan? The will and trust attorneys at…

Planning for Minor Children

Becoming a parent is a special and exciting time in one’s life. The big day comes and your baby has turned your life upside down, in a good way of course. The sleepless nights have started and you are concentrating on making sure you do everyt…

Cottage Law

Cottages, lake homes and vacation properties are very special to families. Many times, generations of memories are created at the family cottage. In addition to these sentimental values, often times these properties are quite valuable from a monetary…

Probate & Trust Administration

Probate and trust administration is a general area of law the describes law dealing with the distribution of an individual’s assets and the settlement of their liabilities after death. When a person dies, a new legal entity, the Estate, is crea…

Probate & Trust Litigation

The illness, aging, disability or death of a loved one is a difficult time for family members, but it is unfortunately also a time when vulnerable adults may be taken advantage of by a person they trust. It happens much more often than you may think.…

Real Estate Law

Real estate law involves a wide variety of issues that arise out of the ownership, transfer, and development of real property. Real estate can involve extremely complex issues which are governed by a very old and large body of laws. Whether you are i…

Quiet Title Lawsuits

Disputes about the ownership and rights to real estate are not uncommon. These disputes can arise as a result of mistakes in previous sales transactions, errors in documentation, actions by various interested persons, or problems or inaccuracies in…

Commercial Sales and Leases

Commercial real estate transactions are usually one of the biggest capital investments for a business. As a result, it is important to have an experienced and knowledgeable real estate attorney representing your interests in any transaction, whether…

Landlord-Tenant Law

Time is money in the landlord business, and you must move quickly to enforce your rights. Under Michigan law, you have no other choice but to follow the strict and specific rules covering evictions. A Michigan residential landlord cannot contract a…

Land Contracts and Mortgages

Curtis, Curtis & Brelinski, P.C.’s Jackson-based real estate lawyers can assist buyers, sellers and lenders with real property transactions throughout mid-Michigan. We have been serving clients since 1901. We have the knowledge and ex…

Residential Transactions

Residential real estate is any piece of real property that is utilized for housing or occupancy purposes. This includes, single family homes, condominiums, duplexes, or other residential properties.

Zoning and Land Use Planning

The use and development of real estate in Michigan is typically governed by local laws and ordinances. These land use and zoning laws place restrictions on the type of developments that may be constructed in certain areas of the community. Zoning la…

Boundary & Property Line Disputes

Boundary and property line disputes are quite common. The most common scenario: neighbors are friendly and generally get along. Time passes and memories fade. Eventually, property is sold to a new owner, and things change. Most of the time, it is the…

Lake Access Disputes

There is an old quote attributable to both Mark Twain and Will Rogers — buy land, they’re not making it anymore.  This quote has even more meaning when it comes to lake property. Although Michigan has over 11,000 inland lakes, residential la…

Cottage Law

Cottages, lake homes and vacation properties are very special to families. Many times, generations of memories are created at the family cottage. In addition to these sentimental values, often times these properties are quite valuable from a monetar…

Real Estate Investors

People love real estate. It is a big business. From the person who just owns a rental property or two in addition to their full-time profession, to someone who makes a living buying, selling, and managing residential, industrial and commercial pro…

Litigation

In an increasingly litigious society, lawsuits are inevitable. While our litigation lawyers work hard to resolve issues before formal legal proceedings begin, which saves clients time and money, some disputes simply cannot be settled short of the cou…

Family Law

Family law is a practice area dealing with all issues related to families and their relationships. In many cases, a client who needs the advice of a family law attorney is going through a very difficult time in their life, typically involving ser…

Driving Offenses & Licensing

The attorneys at Curtis, Curtis & Brelinski, P.C. have developed a niche law practice over the years representing individuals in Jackson County and throughout southern-Michigan in all matters related to driving a motor vehicle, including civil infrac…

Commercial Truck Driver Defense

Jackson County, Michigan includes heavily traveled trucking routes I-94 and US-127. The Michigan State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division patrols Jackson County and maintains the Grass Lake weigh station on I-94. Over the years, the Stat…

Driver's License Restoration & Appeals

In Michigan, driving is a privilege, not a right. When one loses their driving privileges, it can be difficult to get them back. The statutes, rules, regulations and paperwork are overwhelming and confusing. The odds are against reinstatement of driv…

Drunk Driving

If you've been charged with drunk driving in Jackson County or any other mid-Michigan county, do not plead guilty as charged without consulting an experienced and knowledgeable OWI/DUI defense attorney. Drunk driving cases have serious consequences.…

Traffic & Speeding Offenses

Auto insurance companies determine a driver's premium based on accidents, tickets and other relevant information. While you may not have total control over an accident, it is possible to limit the number of points on your driving record.

Employment Law & Benefits

The Jackson-based business and employment attorneys of Curtis, Curtis & Brelinski, P.C. have decades of experience helping Michigan companies thrive. For over a century, mid-Michigan business owners have trusted our firm to ensure compliance with the…

Employee Benefit Planning & Administration

Employee Benefit Planning and Administration is an area of practice dealing with the legal obligations of employers under certain employee benefit plans, such as 401(k) plans, profit sharing plans, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), flexible be…

401k Plans

A 401(k) plan is a type of employee sponsored defined contribution retirement plan which is set forth in section 401(k) of the Internal Revenue Code. The principal feature of a 401(k) plan is that it allows employees to make pre-tax contributions to…

Employee Stock Ownership Plans

An Employee Stock Ownership Plan or ESOP is a type of defined contribution benefit plan that buys and holds company stock. Essentially, it is a vehicle that allows company employees to own stock in the company. An ESOP is a great way to attract and r…

Flexible Benefit Plans

Flexible benefit plans, also known as cafeteria plans, are employee benefit plans that allow employers to offer their employees a wide variety of employee benefit programs. In the typical plan, each employee can select from a number of benefits inclu…

Government Law

Our attorneys serve as general and litigation counsel to governmental entities, including boards, committees, department managers and administrators. We provide legal and practical advice on contracts, legal compliance, risk exposure, conflict resolu…

Collections

Curtis, Curtis & Brelinski, P.C. has helped banks, credit unions, manufacturers, doctors, accountants, construction firms, and other businesses and individuals collect debt in Jackson and throughout Michigan for decades. Our collections team has the…

Commercial Debt Collection

Our debt collection attorneys and support staff understand how vital it is to a business to quickly and effectively collect their accounts receivable. Our collections team can develop a collections and accounts receivable strategy and payment structu…

Land Contract & Mortgage Forfeitures / Foreclosures

Despite their best intentions, sometimes real estate buyers fail to pay as promised, whether it is their ongoing monthly payment, real property taxes or insurance premiums. The reason for the default should not matter — sellers and lenders should a…

Secured Transactions

A central part of our Michigan collections practice is focused on recovering real property or other collateral after default on a secured debt. Our experienced collections attorneys are well-versed in Michigan Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and co…

Taxation: Individuals & Business

Tax is probably the most complex area of law, and one that affects every individual and business. Tax laws are constantly changing as new statutes are enacted and treasury regulations are issued. The tax attorneys of Curtis, Curtis & Brelinski,…

Individual Tax Return Preparation

One service offered by the tax attorneys of Curtis, Curtis & Brelinski, P.C. that many people are not aware of is individual tax return preparation. Clients work with us because we offer the following benefits:

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