Firm News/Mar 25, 2020


Pursuant to Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-21, all Michigan businesses that are not necessary to sustain or protect life must temporarily suspend in-person activities. As a consequence, Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy’s main office at 281 Seminole Road, Norton Shores, Michigan will be closed until April 14, 2020. We want to assure you that during ... Read More
Firm News/Mar 17, 2020


In response to the rapidly developing news of coronavirus/COVID-19, we at Gielow, Groom, Terpstra & McEvoy would like to reiterate our firm commitment to serving you. As such, during this crisis, GGTM will be available to respond to your legal needs. We value the health and safety of both you and our employees highly, so ... Read More
General News/Feb 28, 2020

Revisiting Michigan’s Uniform Trade Secrets Act

While the Michigan legislature is sitting on a bill which would ban covenants not to compete, for the time being Michigan’s Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“MUTSA”) is alive and well. MUTS provides a statutory basis for protection of trade secrets. What constitutes a “trade secret” is very fact specific and a trial court is required ... Read More
Estate Planning/Probate/Jan 29, 2020

Seven Steps to Navigate a Loved One’s Death

Losing a family member, friend, or loved one can be traumatic.  When a loved one dies, you may be faced with the huge responsibility of closing out that person’s life.  At Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy (GGTM), our attorneys and staff understand the grief and pain that surrounds the death of a loved one, as ... Read More
Labor & Employment/Jan 14, 2020

Employment Policy Disclaimer Ruled Adequate to Prevent Contract Formation

In Bodnar v St John Providence, Inc, 327 Mich App 203 (2019), the Michigan Court of Appeals addressed the enforcement of employment policies as contracts, finding that an appropriate disclaimer can prevent policies from becoming contracts. Bodnar was one of a group of nurses working at St. John Providence. St. John’s had written policies requiring ... Read More
Corporate & Business/Jan 6, 2020

Licensing Begins Under Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act

One of the most recent opportunities for business development in Michigan is the passage of the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA), making Michigan the 10th state to legalize the recreational use of Marijuana. On November 1, 2019, Michigan began accepting license applications for recreational marijuana establishments. There are still a multitude of ... Read More
General News/Dec 20, 2019

Jacob C. Barnard Joins Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy Law Firm

Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy (GGTM) is proud to introduce Jacob C. Barnard as the newest addition to the GGTM team. He joins veteran attorneys and founding members Eric Gielow, Brad Groom, Rachel Terpstra and Keith McEvoy, as well as Lindsay Canan, Nicolas Morano, Daniel Olson, and Scott Timmer. Barnard intends to concentrate his practice ... Read More
Corporate & Business/Dec 18, 2019

UCC Warranty Disclaimers and Remedy Limitations Apply to Non-parties and Have Critically Different Requirements

In Vanalstine v Land O’ Lakes Purina Feeds, LLC, 326 Mich App 641 (2018), the Michigan Court of Appeals considered the enforcement of a disclaimer of implied warranties clause in a contract, finding the disclaimers effective. Vanalstine operated a dairy farm in Eaton County, Michigan, and purchased feed for his cows from a retailer partially ... Read More
General News/Jul 10, 2019

Opportunity Zone Investments

KEY CONSIDERATIONS AND DILIGENCE ISSUES One of the hottest new investment options being sought out by investors is the Opportunity Zone program which was created by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  The primary purpose of the Opportunity Zone program was to spur investment and economic revitalization in low-income communities throughout the country. Under ... Read More
Estate Planning/Probate/May 1, 2019

Lindsay N. Canan, Experienced Estate Planning & Elder Law Attorney, Joins GGTM Law

Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy (“GGTM”) is pleased to welcome Lindsay N. Canan to its experienced attorney team.  Lindsay is a skilled elder law attorney, focusing on the areas of estate planning, probate, and long-term care planning. Lindsay also has extensive experience in the area of family law. A Michigan native, Lindsay was raised in ... Read More

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