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Tripp & Tagg Attorneys at Law

Practicing Law in Barry County for More Than 45 Years!

We aspire to get your problems solved, to get your questions answered and provide services in many different aspects of law. We pride ourselves in our professionalism and are always ready to take on a challenge.

OUR Legal EXPERTISE

Divorce

Divorce can be a difficult process. Even in the best of circumstances, tempers may run high, and every decision can seem to be more stressful than the last. It is only human to find yourself reacting emotionally at certain stages of a divorce, but it is important to remember that your actions throughout the process can affect your familial, emotional, and financial situation for years to come. We will do our best to help you through what is usually one of the most difficult times in an individual's life and make sure that you receive a fair and equitable share of the marital estate.


Child Custody & Support

When parents divorce, or a couple separates, the custody order will specify with whom the couple's children will live and circumstances under which the other parent will visit with the children. Often, parents work out these arrangements between themselves, either completely voluntarily or with the assistance of their attorneys or a mediator. When they are unable to reach a decision, however, or when unmarried parents are unable to agree on who will have custody of their child, the court may intervene and make a decision based on the child's best interests. We will explain the procedures required by law, present the best possible evidence to the Judge assigned to your case and fight for you and your rights to your children.


Adoption

Adopting a child can be one of the most exciting and fulfilling experiences that you ever have in your life. However, the process can be quite overwhelming to someone who has little or no experience with the required procedures. Our office will guide you through the flurry of paperwork required to complete the process as quickly and as efficiently as possible, thereby allowing you to focus on the happiness and joy that accompany adding a new family member.


Guardianship/Conservatorship

If an adult becomes unable to handle day-to-day financial or medical affairs, someone else must step in to take care of things. If the incapacitated person planned ahead and signed durable powers of attorney for finances and health care, the person named in those documents can take charge. However, if no planning has been done -- a common situation -- then family members must ask a court to appoint a conservator or guardian. This person will have the court-ordered authority and responsibility to manage the incapacitated person's affairs. We will assist you in getting the appropriate court orders to give you the ability to care for your loved one's medical and/or financial needs.

Barry County has hundreds of lakes, therefore, issues peculiar to lake front ownership frequently arise. Issues about public access, private access, docks, boats, and the rights of people who have access to the lake can cause conflict. Many times Dedications in plats from the late 1800's and early 1900's have a direct bearing on the property rights of individuals around lakes. It is important that an attorney know the interplay of Michigan Law with regards to Riparian Rights, Rights, Duties and Responsibilities outlined within a plat, prescriptive easements acquired over time and adverse possession. Issues arising from these conflicts can be frustrating and upsetting. The Attorneys at Tripp and Tagg have the knowledge and experience in this area both in the local Circuit Courts as well as the Court of Appeals to assist in resolving these issues.

An investment in real estate may be a person’s largest single expenditure. Therefore having an attorney experienced in the real estate area to assist you in buying or selling real property is essential. We are able to provide all necessary real estate documents such as deeds, land contracts, mortgages, mortgage discharges, as well as drawing up easements between neighbors. Reading and understanding plats, legal descriptions and the historical rights owned by owners of real property are essential to preserving the value of your property.

Appeals to the Michigan Court of Appeals after a decision at a local court level can only be done by adhering to the rigid rules of the Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court. Successful appeals depend upon extensive legal research. Mr. Tripp and Mr. Tagg have handled a wide variety of Appellate issues and have the ability to navigate the Court of Appeals system with success.

At any moment in America, millions of people are driving, walking, shopping, traveling, and working, so it is no wonder that accidents and injuries have become an inevitable part of life. But the fact that mishaps are fairly commonplace does not detract from the pain and confusion that can result when an accident or injury happens to you or a loved one. This is especially true when any harm could have been avoided if others had not acted carelessly. If you decide to take steps toward protecting your legal rights after an accident or injury, you may have a number of general questions about "personal injury" cases. Do not allow the insurance company representatives to dictate the course of your case or trample your rights. We will fight the insurance companies to make sure that your rights are protected and you are made financially whole for their negligence or recklessness.

Estate Planning

Estate planning is one of the most important steps any person can take to make sure that their final property and health care wishes are honored, and that loved ones are provided for in their absence. Though often overlooked or put off in favor of more immediate concerns, a comprehensive estate plan can resolve a number of legal questions that arise whenever anyone dies: What is the state of their financial affairs? What real and personal property do they own? Who gets what? Does a personal guardian need to be appointed to care for minor children? How much tax will need to be paid in order to transfer property ownership? What funeral arrangements are appropriate? Our office will assist you with all of these issues now so that your loved ones do not have to worry about them if or when the worst should happen.


Estate Administration

When you lose a loved one many questions and concerns are sure to present themselves. There are numerous rules and regulations implemented by the State of Michigan that dictate how an estate is administered depending on if there is a Last Will and Testament, some form of Trust or nothing at all. No matter what the case, it is vital to have a representative on your side that can guide you through the process and paperwork efficiently and effectively. Our goal is to help you through the court system and paperwork required to properly administer the estate and allow you to worry about the more important emotional issue that are sure to be involved during a difficult time of your life.


Guardianship/Conservatorship

If an adult becomes unable to handle day-to-day financial or medical affairs, someone else must step in to take care of things. If the incapacitated person planned ahead and signed durable powers of attorney for finances and health care, the person named in those documents can take charge. However, if no planning has been done -- a common situation -- then family members must ask a court to appoint a conservator or guardian. This person will have the court-ordered authority and responsibility to manage the incapacitated person's affairs. We will assist you in getting the appropriate court orders to give you the ability to care for your loved one's medical and/or financial needs.

Probate is a court-supervised legal process that may be required after someone dies. Probate gives a person authority to gather deceased person’s assets, pay debts and taxes, and retitle assets to the people who inherit them. Probate Court proceedings are required only if the deceased person owned assets in his or her name alone. Other assets can often be transferred to new owners without Probate Court involvement. The person named to serve as personal representative in the deceased person’s Will generally takes charge of the estate. If there is no Will, or the person named in the Will is not available or willing to serve, the Probate Court will appoint someone to serve as personal representative.


A Probate Court will issue a document called “Letters of Authority for Personal Representative,” the personal representative has the duty to gather, inventory, and safeguard the deceased person's assets. If necessary, the personal representative must have those assets appraised. The personal representative is also required to pay debts and taxes, as well as distribute the remaining property as described in the Will. Detailed records of how the estate assets are maintained and distributed must be kept by the personal representative. The initial filing, notices to interested parties, inventory, objections, closing the estate, and other matters are all time sensitive.


Improperly administered estates may lead to lawsuits that can become costly and extend the probate process for a number of years.

The capability to get to work, home, and family obligations is a requirement many people undervalue until they lose the ability to drive. There are several ways that a driver in Michigan can have their driver’s license restored. The attorneys at Tripp and Tagg look forward to meeting with you to discuss the options for your case. It is valuable to have an attorney on your side because the Michigan Secretary of State will generally only allow one petition each calendar year to reinstate your driving privileges.


Under a suspension, the privilege to drive is suspended for some definitive period of time (one year or less); license privilege is typically restored after this period without the necessity of a Driver Assessment and Appeal Division hearing (DAAD). The most common offenses resulting in suspension are: OWI first offense, OWI high BAC, possession of controlled substances, point accumulation, most criminal offenses other than OWI death/injury, and routine/temporary medical Issues.


Under a revocation, the privilege to drive is revoked and denied; the privilege to have a license is not restored unless/until DAAD restores privilege, and usually after a significant waiting period. No privileges are allowed during a revocation, and courts have little—if any—ability to intervene to override a revocation. The most common offenses resulting in revocation are: OWI second or subsequent offense, OWI injury/death, and serious medical issues. The typical waiting period to have a revoked license restored is one year for two OWI offenses within 7 years or OWI injury/death; and five years for three OWI offenses within 10 years (assuming prior revocation).


If you have had your license suspended or revoked, you have the burden of proof that you are at a low or minimal risk of repeat behavior. Getting your license back may require a substance abuse evaluation, administrative hearings, time sensitive appeals or petitions, a physician’s statement of exam, along with various fees to the Secretary of State and courts.

It's a frightening experience to be arrested or under investigation for a crime. Whether your main concern is your criminal record, driving privileges or time spent in jail or prison it is in your best interest to act quickly and contact a reputable law firm dedicated to protecting your rights. We will defend you aggressively in order to achieve the best resolution possible in your case. Whether you've been charged with a felony or misdemeanor, we will fight for you.

meet Tripp & Tagg

David H. Tripp

DAVID H. TRIPP

Attorney At Law

Specialities include: Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration, Criminal Law, Lake Law, Business Organizations, Contracts, Civil Litigation and Real Estate.


Nathan E. Tagg

NATHAN E. TAGG

Attorney At Law

Specialities include: Divorce, Custody, Criminal Law, Drunk Driving, Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Business Law, Contracts, Civil Litigation, and Appellate Issues.


Our Location

206 South Broadway
Hastings, Michigan 49058
Phone: 269-948-2900
Fax: 269-945-5881


Hours of Operation

8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday-Friday
*Evenings & weekends by appointment