Innovative legal expertise for innovative people.
Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy is a boutique law firm concentrating its practice on the representation of businesses, business owners and entrepreneurs.
Rapid, relevant assistance without breaking the budget.
At Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy, we combine our expertise with the most efficient technology, systems and staffing models to deliver timely and quality legal services at an affordable price.
A perfect match.
Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy covers all facets of the law, with each attorney offering a unique perspective along with broad experience.

At Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy, we do things a little differently.

Our members have varied backgrounds and specialties, but share a common vision for the practice of law. We believe that the traditional law firm model is broken. Today’s modern law firm must deliver rapid, relevant assistance without breaking the budget. That is why we borrowed from the manufacturing “lean” model and established our firm with a commitment to deliver outstanding legal service with reduced cost at the provider level. Our rates are, on average, much lower than the rates of our counterparts in larger law firms. And in light of our cost structure, we can be creative with our billing models.

Recent News

DEQ Releases Information on How to Access the UST Cleanup Fund as a Financial Assurance Mechanism
Posted on October 26, 2015
As Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) continues to develop procedures for implementing and accessing the Underground Storage Tank (UST) Cleanup Fund (Fund) created by the passage of SB 791 in December 2014, it just released the instructions for how UST owners/operators (O/O) can demonstrate financial responsibility by using the Fund. A brief summary of these procedures is provided below. Keep in mind, however, that until the UST O/O receives a notice of approval from the Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority (MUSTA), the currently utilized financial responsibility mechanism must be maintained. The procedure outlined by DEQ is as follows:... MORE
Are Contracts With Unlicensed Builders Void Or Voidable? The Michigan Supreme Court Provides Definitive Answer
Posted on October 26, 2015
In Epps v 4 Quarters Restoration, LLC, Docket No. 147727 (September 28, 2015), the Michigan Supreme Court held that homeowner contracts with unlicensed builders are voidable, thus putting existing murky law to rest. In Epps, Mr. and Mrs. Epps’ Detroit home suffered flood damage. The innocent homeowners’ insurance company, Auto Owners, employed an adjusting service that referred the Epps to unlicensed builder, 4 Quarters Restoration, to perform remediation services. The parties ended up signing a written contract pursuant to which the Epps assigned the insurance proceeds to the builder who agreed to do the work. The insurance company issued... MORE
Contracting By The Internet In Michigan
Posted on October 26, 2015
In 2000, Michigan adopted the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (“UETA”). In Michigan, the mutual assent of both parties to a contract is required in order to have a valid and enforceable contract. Assent of a party can be demonstrated by an “electronic” signature if the parties have agreed to conduct a transaction by electronic means, including filling out forms electronically over the internet. By Michigan statute, an electronic signature is defined as “an electronic sound, symbol, or process attached to or logically associated with a record and executed or adopted by a person with the intent to sign a... MORE
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