ALTERNATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

The attorneys of Bratschie & Born, P.C., have extensive experience with the many forms of alternate dispute resolution (“ADR”). Our attorneys represent clients in the ADR process to achieve success while expediting legal matters to avoid litigation.

In addition to representing clients in the ADR process, with more than 31 years of litigation and business law experience, Steven Bratschie has obtained certification for conducting facilitative mediation from the State Bar of Michigan. Mr. Bratschie is well equipped to serve as a neutral to assist with creative resolutions to many types of legal disputes. Mr. Bratschie works as a neutral to facilitate the resolution of business disputes, personal injury matters, malpractice claims, and other legal disagreements to minimize the costs and alleviate the aggravation associated with protracted litigation.

Bratschie & Born, P.C., handles ADR matters throughout Michigan. If you would like to speak with a member of our ADR practice please contact Steven Bratschie at (616) 454-6211 or at sebratschie@bratschie.com.

BANKING

Loan Workouts

At Bratschie & Born, P.C., we provide loan workout services to clients to assist lenders and borrowers with addressing situations regarding troubled loans. A significant part of our practice is dedicated to creditor/debtor relationships representing lending institutions in areas such as workouts, reorganizations, liquidations, mortgage foreclosures, and litigation.

Loan Transactions

Bratschie & Born, P.C., also provides services to both lenders and borrowers in connection with the negotiation, documentation, and closing of commercial loans. Common loan transaction services include:

· Providing advice regarding commercial financing transactions;

· Preparing/reviewing commitment letters;

· Performing due diligence;

· Analyzing/addressing secured transaction concerns such as collateral priority and perfection issues;

· Drafting loan documents;

· Reviewing/analyzing real title/ownership issues regarding collateral;

Bratschie & Born, P.C., represents lenders and borrowers throughout Michigan. If you would like to speak with a member of our banking practice please contact Steven Bratschie at (616) 454-6211 or at sebratschie@bratschie.com.

 BUSINESS

At Bratschie & Born, P.C., we recognize that each business is unique.  We assist business owners with developing their business from formation through succession planning.  We are committed to providing quality, responsive, and cost-effective representation.  It is our goal to provide solutions and build long-term relationships by listening to our clients and creating developing solutions accordingly.

 

We provide services to address the many challenges that businesses experience along the way. Whether you are interested in forming a new business or acquiring an existing business, we will assist you with the challenges and considerations in this process.  We also provide growing and established businesses with advice to navigate legal issues or opportunities as they arise – from contracts to employment issues to commercial litigation, and the many business-related issues in between, we will help your business thoughtfully and strategically address these issues.

We have helped our many business clients with the following issues:

  • Selection, formation, and structuring of appropriate business entities, including limited liability companies and corporations
  • Ownership arrangements including operating agreements, voting agreements, and buy-sell agreements
  • Shareholder and member dispute resolution, buy-outs, and dissolutions
  • Asset purchases and sales
  • Real estate acquisition and leasing
  • Employment agreements and compensation and incentive plans
  • Non-Competition, Non-Solicitation, and Confidentiality Agreements
  • Litigation of business disputes
  • Enforcement of restrictive covenants
  • Joint-venture and licensing agreements
  • Intellectual property matters
Bratschie & Born, P.C., represents business clients not only in and around Grand Rapids but throughout Michigan.  If you would like to speak with a member of our business practice please contact Steven Bratschie at (616) 454-6211 or at sebratschie@bratschie.com.

 CREDITORS’ RIGHTS

Bankruptcy

At Bratschie & Born, P.C., we routinely represents creditors in bankruptcy cases.  Common bankruptcy services include representation of creditors in bankruptcy litigation and our firm’s preparation of:

·  Motions for lift of stay;

·  Objections to confirmation;

·  Proofs of claim; and

·  Reaffirmation agreements.

Collections

Bratschie & Born, P.C., represents a variety of clients, including a diverse collection of businesses, lending institutions, debt buyers, and health care providers, with commercial and consumer collection matters assisting our clients with all aspects of the collection process, including:

·  Skip tracing and asset location;

·  Demand for payment; and

·  Legal action and enforcement of judgments.

The attorneys of Bratschie & Born, P.C., handle collection matters for clients on an hourly or contingent fee basis depending on the particular needs of our clients.  We are committed to providing our clients cost effective solutions to their collection needs.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Compliance

Bratschie & Born, P.C., can assist your business with the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and programs to address regulatory expectations of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This includes compliance management programs, consumer complaint management programs, and processes to deal with vendors and third parties.

Fair Debt Collections Practices Act Defense and Fair Credit Reporting Act Defense

Bratschie & Born, P.C., provides clients with a reliable analysis of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) and the Fair Credit Report Act (“FCRA”) to ensure that creditors’ policies and procedures remain in compliance. In addition, we provide skilled defense of civil lawsuits brought by debtors for alleged violations of the FDCPA or the FCRA.

Foreclosure, Land Contract Forfeiture, and Landlord/Tenant

The attorneys of Bratschie & Born, P.C., routinely assist creditors with all aspects of the mortgage foreclosure process and the land contract forfeiture process.  We also provide services to landlords assisting them with them with all aspects of Michigan’s summary proceeding process to evict tenants that have defaulted on their leases.

Litigation

The attorneys of Bratschie & Born, P.C., represent clients in civil litigation related to collection matters in all courts throughout the State of Michigan.

Bratschie & Born, P.C., represents creditors throughout Michigan. If you would like to speak with a member of our creditors’ rights practice please contact Steven Bratschie at (616) 454-6211 or at sebratschie@bratschie.com.

 ESTATE PLANNING

At Bratschie & Born, P.C., we believe that proper estate planning allows you to control your estate, provide clarity for your family to minimize potential disputes, eliminate governmental involvement.  Our experienced attorneys are able to guide our clients through the estate planning process to plan for both their personal and business needs.  We assist our clients with creating an estate plan specifically tailored to the unique needs of each individual client.  Proper estate planning provides peace of mind and many other potential legal advantages. 

We have guided clients through the estate planning process, including the following:

  • Foundational Estate Plans & Wills
  • Revocable Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney for medical and financial decisions
  • Estate Tax Planning Trusts
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Estate and Trust Administration
Bratschie & Born, P.C., is proud to represent clients with estate planning matters not only in and around Grand Rapids but throughout Michigan.  If you would like to speak with a member of our estate planning practice please contact Steven Bratschie at (616) 454-6211 or at sebratschie@bratschie.com.

 LITIGATION

Bratschie & Born, P.C., has a reputation for being creative and aggressive in developing client solutions.  A significant portion of our practice is dedicated to commercial litigation. Our lawyers are committed to:

·  Providing high quality representation in litigation in a cost effective manner;

·  Achieving superior results for our clients through litigation; and

·  Keeping our clients informed and engaged throughout the litigation process.

We are routinely involved in commercial litigation involving contract disputes and real estate issues.  Our lawyers represent clients in cases in all courts, federal and state, throughout the State of Michigan.

Bratschie & Born, P.C., handles litigation matters throughout Michigan. If you would like to speak with a member of our litigation practice please contact Steven Bratschie at (616) 454-6211 or at sebratschie@bratschie.com.

 REAL PROPERTY

The attorneys of Bratschie & Born, P.C., represent clients on a variety of real estate matters, including:


·  Real estate transactions, including contract drafting and negotiation;

·  Real estate financing;

·  Litigation and alternate dispute resolution related to real estate disputes;

·  Commercial leasing;

·  Construction law issues;

·  Condominium and residential developments;

·  Land use, development and zoning;

·  Tax appeals; and

·  Title insurance defense.

Bratschie & Born, P.C., represents clients with real estate matters throughout Michigan. If you would like to speak with a member of our real estate practice please contact Steven Bratschie at (616) 454-6211 or at sebratschie@bratschie.com.