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Scott Mancinelli

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Business, Divorce & Family Law, Estate, Bankruptcy & Debt, Accident & Injury

Scott graduated with a bachelor of arts in political science in 1990 from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and a Juris Doctor in 1994 from the Unive... (more)

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Kevin J. Wistrom

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Real Estate, Accident & Injury, Bankruptcy & Debt, Estate, Government

Wistrom Law is concentrated in Real Estate law with emphasis on Accident & Injury, Bankruptcy & Debt, Estate, Government and Medical Marijuana. He has... (more)

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800-805-1630

Mark Alan Powers

Litigation, Trusts, Merger & Acquisition, Credit & Debt
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  25 Years

Michael J. Zitta

Divorce, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Elder Law, Bankruptcy
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  25 Years
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Julianna Marie Hyatt-Wierzbicki

Divorce, Corporate, Collection, Personal Injury
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  13 Years

Bradford W. Springer

Litigation, Lawsuit & Dispute, Employee Rights, Criminal, Collection
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  17 Years

Roger D. Berchiatti

Landlord-Tenant, Trusts, Family Law, Credit & Debt
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  25 Years

Bradley J. Fisher

Real Estate, Employee Rights, Administrative Law, Bankruptcy
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  18 Years

Michael Lee Deyoung

Criminal, Motor Vehicle, Bankruptcy & Debt, Divorce & Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  15 Years

Barry C. Lemmen

Social Security, Government, Family Law, Consumer Bankruptcy
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  18 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

DEFINED CONTRIBUTION PLAN

A type of pension plan that does not guarantee any particular pension amount upon retirement. Instead, the employer pays into the pension fund a certain amount ... (more...)
A type of pension plan that does not guarantee any particular pension amount upon retirement. Instead, the employer pays into the pension fund a certain amount every month, or every year, for each employee. The employer usually pays a fixed percentage of an employee's wages or salary, although sometimes the amount is a fraction of the company's profits, with the size of each employee's pension share depending on the amount of wage or salary. Upon retirement, each employee's pension is determined by how much was contributed to the fund on behalf of that employee over the years, plus whatever earnings that money has accumulated as part of the investments of the entire pension fund.

GUARANTEED RESERVATION

A hotel or rental car reservation secured by a credit card number. In exchange for your card number, the hotel or rental agency promises to have a room or vehic... (more...)
A hotel or rental car reservation secured by a credit card number. In exchange for your card number, the hotel or rental agency promises to have a room or vehicle for you no matter when you show up. If you have a guaranteed reservation with a hotel, it must provide you with a room, either at that hotel or at another comparable establishment. If you have a guaranteed reservation with a car agency, it must provide you with a vehicle. The downside of a guaranteed reservation is that if you don't show up and haven't cancelled your reservation, you will be billed for one night in the room or one day's use of the vehicle.

COLLECTION AGENCY

A company hired by a creditor to collect a debt that it is owed. Creditors typically hire a collection agency only after they have made efforts to collect the d... (more...)
A company hired by a creditor to collect a debt that it is owed. Creditors typically hire a collection agency only after they have made efforts to collect the debt themselves, typically through letters (called 'dunning' letters) and telephone calls. Collection agencies are regulated by the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Unfortunately, too many collectors ignore this law.

DISCHARGE (OF DEBTS)

A bankruptcy court's erasure of the debts of a person or business that has filed for bankruptcy.

PREFERENCE

A payment made by a debtor to a creditor within a defined period prior to filing for bankruptcy -- within three months for arms-length creditors (regular commer... (more...)
A payment made by a debtor to a creditor within a defined period prior to filing for bankruptcy -- within three months for arms-length creditors (regular commercial creditors) and within one year for insider creditors (friends, family members, and business associates). Because a preference gives the creditor who received the payment an edge over other creditors in the bankruptcy case, the trustee can recover the preference (the amount of the payment) and distribute it among all of the creditors.

FAIR CREDIT REPORTING ACT (FCRA)

A federal law that is designed to prevent inaccurate or obsolete information from entering or remaining in a credit report. The law requires credit bureaus to a... (more...)
A federal law that is designed to prevent inaccurate or obsolete information from entering or remaining in a credit report. The law requires credit bureaus to adopt reasonable procedures for gathering, maintaining and disseminating information and bars credit bureaus from reporting negative information that is older than seven years, except a bankruptcy, which may be reported for ten. If you notify a credit bureau of an error in your credit report, the FCRA requires the bureau to investigate your allegations within 30 days, review all information you provide, remove inaccurate and unverified information and adopt procedures to keep the information from reappearing. In addition, the law requires that creditors refrain from reporting incorrect information to credit bureaus.

REAFFIRMATION

An agreement that a debtor and a creditor enter into after a debtor has filed for bankruptcy, in which the debtor agrees to repay all or part of an existing deb... (more...)
An agreement that a debtor and a creditor enter into after a debtor has filed for bankruptcy, in which the debtor agrees to repay all or part of an existing debt after the bankruptcy case is over. For instance, a debtor might make a reaffirmation agreement with the holder of a car note that the debtor can keep the car and must continue to pay the debt after bankruptcy.

TOXIC TORT

A personal injury caused by exposure to a toxic substance, such as asbestos or hazardous waste. Victims can sue for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and su... (more...)
A personal injury caused by exposure to a toxic substance, such as asbestos or hazardous waste. Victims can sue for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

LIQUIDATING PARTNER

The member of an insolvent or dissolving partnership responsible for paying the debts and settling the accounts of the partnership.