March's Final Friday Jeans Day Donations Headed to Guiding Light

This month, Smith Haughey will be collecting Final Friday Jeans Day donations for Guiding Light, an organization whose mission is to partner with individuals to fulfill their God-given potential through rescue, recovery, and re-engagement in the community. The organization assists men with substance abuse problems to achieve recovery from addiction…

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License to Build: The Dangers of Hiring an Unlicensed Contractor

Unlicensed Builders

With spring right around the corner, it’s the time of year homeowners begin to spruce up their homes or replace a frozen pipe that cracked during the winter months. While a fresh coat of paint or installing new light fixtures are often easy DIY projects, you might not always want to tackle the bigger projects yourself. Hiring a…

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“It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over”: Navigating Michigan’s Appellate Court System

What happens after a jury delivers a verdict? After a judge dismisses a case? Litigation at the trial court level is often viewed (and rightfully so) as the “big game” between a plaintiff and a defendant. But once a verdict is issued or a case dismissed, an appellate attorney’s job may only be beginning.

 

The appellate arena is a different ballp…

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February's Final Friday Spent Collecting Jeans Day Donations For St. Baldrick's Foundation

In 1999, colleagues Tim Kenny, John Bender and Enda McDonnell asked each other a simple question: "What can we give back as a token of gratitude for our success?" And with that question, an idea was born. For this month’s Final Friday, Smith Haughey will be collecting Jeans Day donations to donate to the largest private funder of childhood cancer r…

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Owner Liability Under Michigan Law: What You Should Know Before You Allow Someone Else to Drive Your Car

A reoccurring question we receive from our clients is whether they can be sued if they allow a family member or friend to borrow their car and the family member or friend gets into an accident. People are sometimes surprised to learn that the answer to that question is yes – even if you were not a passenger at the time of the accident, and even if …

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