Bolhouse, Baar, & Hofstee PC
PRACTICE DESCRIPTION AND EXPERIENCE
Real Estate. Prior to practicing law, Michelle worked for a national mortgage lender and has over fifteen years experience in this capacity. She worked as an underwriter, collector, manager, and finally as an account executive. By combining her vast experience in the mortgage lending and real estate industries with the practice of law, Michelle offers her clients a unique perspective as their advocate.
General Litigation and Complex Business Litigation. Michelle has extensive experience in litigation having tried numerous cases at both the state and federal levels. She is dedicated to finding solutions that are in the best interest of her clients, whether that be settlement or trial. She keeps her clients informed every step of the way in what is sometimes a confusing experience.
Consumer Law. Michelle has extensive knowledge in mortgage lending law and handles matters involving foreclosure rescue scams, mortgage lending abuses, mortgage fraud, mortgage modifications, and understands relevant mortgage banking laws. In addition, Michelle has handled many other consumer law issues from deceptive and fraudulent trade practices, lemon laws, breach of warranty issues, consumer debt collection violations, fair credit reporting issues, and student loan law issues. Michelle also handles landlord tenant cases involving breach of lease, default, eviction, etc.
Family Law. In the area of family law, Michelle represents clients regarding divorce, contested custody, parenting time disputes, child support review, spousal support, fair and equitable division of the marital estate, grandparent visitation, adoption, paternity, and conservatorships/guardianships. She also represents parents in abuse and neglect proceedings including removal, termination and foster placement. She worked previously as a private custody evaluator for the Kent County Friend of the Court.
Criminal Law. Michelle handles a wide variety of criminal matters including domestic violence, drunk driving, larceny, retail fraud, embezzlement, and criminal sexual conduct. She has successfully defended clients in both federal court and state courts.
Juris Doctor from Michigan State University, Cum Laude – 2007
-Inns of Court, Extern for17th Circuit Judicial Court
Bachelor of Science from Cornerstone University - 2002
COURT AND BAR ADMISSIONS
All Michigan State Courts
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
Federal Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Federal Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan
Michigan Bar Association – Chairperson, Membership Committee (2011-2012)
Grand Rapids Bar Association
- Lawyer Referral and Information Services Panel Member (2008-current)
Federal Bar Association
American Bar Association
Michelle serves on the Board of Karin’s Horse Connection, a nonprofit organization located in Caledonia, MI, and on the board of Daddy Daughter Time, another nonprofit organization. She is an active parishioner at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. When she’s not at work, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her two dogs, playing with horses at Karin’s Horse Connection, running/exercising, practicing hot yoga, traveling, gardening, and just trying new things in general.
Areas of Law and Practice
|Areas of Law||Areas of Practice|
|Banking Law||ATM Networks, Bank Collections, Bank Directors and Officers Liability, Bank Failures, Bank Foreclosures, Bank Fraud, Bank Holding Company Law, Bank Holding Company Regulation, Bank Insolvency, Bank Mergers and Acquisitions, Banking Antitrust, Banking Litigation, Banking Regulation, Check Fraud, Commercial Banking, Commercial Credit, Commercial Loans, Consumer Banking, Consumer Loans, Credit Card Law, Credit Finance, Credit Fraud, Credit Insurance, Credit Law, Credit Union Law, Currency Law, Electronic Banking, Escrow Agent Liability, Escrow Law, Exchange Control, Fair Lending, Financial Law, Foreign Exchange, Interest and Usury, International Banking Law, International Loans, Lender Law, Lender Liability, Lender Regulation, Lenders Rights, Letters of Credit, Loan Restructuring, Loan Syndication, Loan Workouts, Loans, Merchant Banking, Offshore Banking, Savings and Loan Failures, Savings and Loan Fraud, Savings and Loan Law, Savings and Loan Liquidation, Savings and Loan Regulation, Secured Lending, Thrift Institution Failures, Thrift Institution Regulation, Thrift Institutions Law, Trade and Professional Associations, Trade Association Law, Truth in Lending|
|Business Law||Business Arbitration, Business Associations Law, Business Cooperatives, Business Crimes, Business Development, Business Dissolutions, Business Enterprises, Business Estate Planning, Business Formation, Business Fraud, Business Litigation, Business Mediation, Business Organization, Business Planning, Business Regulation, Business Reorganization, Business Start-Ups, Business Succession Planning, Business Successions, Business Syndication, Business Taxation, Business Torts, Business Transactions, Business Transfers, Business Trusts, Business Valuation, Buy-Sell Agreements, Buying and Selling of Businesses, Closely Held Business Estate Planning, Closely Held Business Law, Closely Held Business Taxation, Complex Business Litigation, Cooperative Taxation, Emerging Business Law, Emerging Growth Companies, Entrepreneurial Business Law, Family Business Law, Family Business Mediation, Family Business Successions, International Business Law, International Joint Ventures, Joint Ventures, Limited Liability Company Law, Minority Business Law, Pass-Through Entities, Private Business Law, Privatization, Professional Practices, Small Business Law, Sole Proprietorships, Strategic Alliances, Trade and Professional Associations, Trade Association Law|
|Commercial Real Estate||Commercial Conveyancing, Commercial Real Estate Acquisitions, Commercial Real Estate Bankruptcy, Commercial Real Estate Contracts, Commercial Real Estate Development, Commercial Real Estate Finance, Commercial Real Estate Foreclosure, Commercial Real Estate Litigation, Commercial Real Estate Sales, Commercial Real Estate Syndication, Commercial Real Estate Workouts, Industrial Real Estate Law, Retail Development, Shopping Center Acquisitions, Shopping Center Development, Shopping Center Law|
|Construction Law||Architectural Law, Construction Accidents, Construction and Design Law, Construction and Surety Law, Construction Arbitration, Construction Claims, Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Equipment Liability, Construction Finance, Construction Insurance, Construction Insurance Defense, Construction Labor Law, Construction Liability, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation, Construction Mediation, Construction Products Liability, Construction Safety, Construction Workouts, Contractor Performance Bonds, Contractors Liability, Environmental Construction Law, International Construction Contracts, International Construction Law, Materialmens Liens, Mechanics Liens, Public Construction Law, Public Works, Roof Industry Liability, Scaffolding Liability, Structural Work Act|
|Consumer Law||Consumer Arbitration, Consumer Class Actions, Consumer Collections, Consumer Credit, Consumer Credit Compliance, Consumer Finance, Consumer Fraud, Consumer Litigation, Consumer Protection, Consumer Rights, Fair Credit Reporting Act|
|Contracts||Contract Drafting, Commercial Contracts, Contract Fraud, Contract Litigation, International Commercial Contracts, International Contracts|
|Corporate Law||Closely Held Corporations, Corporate Banking Law, Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Contracts, Corporate Control Contests, Corporate Criminal Law, Corporate Dissolutions, Corporate Ethics, Corporate Fiduciary Law, Corporate Finance, Corporate Formation, Corporate Governance, Corporate Income Tax, Corporate Insurance, Corporate Insurance Defense, Corporate Investigations, Corporate Litigation, Corporate Organization, Corporate Partnerships, Corporate Planning, Corporate Real Estate, Corporate Reorganization, Corporate Successions, Corporate Tax Controversies, Corporate Tax Planning, Corporate Taxation, Corporate Trusts, Corporate Workouts, Family Corporations, Foreign Sales Corporations, Hostile Takeovers, Incorporation, International Corporate Finance, International Corporate Law, International Corporate Taxation, Nonprofit Corporations, Offshore Corporations, Professional Corporations, Proxy Contests, Public Corporations, S Corporations, Small Business Corporations, Takeovers, Tender Offers, Transfer Pricing|
|Criminal Law||Assault and Battery, Bribery, Burglary, Capital Offenses, Civil Forfeiture, Crime Victims Compensation, Criminal Antitrust, Criminal Appeals, Criminal Conspiracy, Criminal Defense, Criminal Forfeiture, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Prosecution, Death Penalty, Drivers License Suspension, Driving While Intoxicated, DUI/DWI, Electronic Surveillance, Expungements, Extortion, Extradition, Federal Criminal Law, Felonies, Forensic Accounting, Forensic DNA, Forensic Medicine, Forensic Science, Forgery, Grand Jury Practice, Habeas Corpus, Hit and Run, Homicide, International Criminal Law, International Extradition, Mail Fraud, Malicious Prosecution, Manslaughter, Misdemeanors, Money Laundering, Murder, Parole and Probation, Post-Conviction Remedies, Search and Seizure, Sex Crimes, Sexual Assault, Shoplifting, Stalking, Theft, Traffic Violations, Vehicular Homicide, Victims Rights, Weapons Charges, White Collar Law, Wire Fraud, Wiretapping|
|Debtor and Creditor||Creditors Rights, Creditors Rights in Bankruptcy, Debtor and Creditor Collections, Debtor and Creditor Remedies, Debtor and Creditor Reorganization, Debtor and Creditor Rights, Debtor and Creditor Workouts, Debtors Rights, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, International Creditors Rights, Secured Creditors Rights, Unsecured Creditors Rights|
|Family Law||Adoptions, Agency Adoptions, Alimony, Annulment, Assisted Reproductive Technology, Child Abduction, Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Advocacy, Child Care, Child Custody, Child Custody Mediation, Child Dependency, Child Protection, Child Sexual Abuse, Child Support, Child Welfare, Childrens Rights, Civil Unions, Cohabitation Agreements, Collaborative Family Law, Community Property Law, Day Care, Divorce, Divorce Arbitration, Divorce Mediation, Divorce Taxation, Domestic Partnerships, Domestic Relations, Domestic Torts, Domestic Violence, Equitable Distribution, Family Arbitration, Family Mediation, Fathers Rights, Foster Care, Gay and Lesbian Family Law, Grandparents Custody, Grandparents Visitation Rights, Independent Adoptions, International Adoptions, International Child Abduction, International Child Custody, International Family Law, Interstate Adoptions, Interstate Child Custody, Interstate Support, Juvenile Criminal Law, Juvenile Dependency, Juvenile Delinquency, Juvenile Law, Legal Separation, Marital Agreements, Marital Property Distribution, Marital Property Law, Marital Property Settlements, Matrimonial Bankruptcy Law, Matrimonial Law, Military Divorce, Name Changes, No Fault Divorce, Non-Traditional Family Law, Orphans Court Practice, Palimony, Parental Kidnapping, Parental Rights, Parenting Time, Paternity, Post Divorce Modification, Postnuptial Agreements, Premarital Agreements, Private Adoptions, Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, (QDROs), Restraining Orders, Same Sex Marriage, Spousal Support, Step Parent Adoptons, Surrogacy Law, Termination of Parental Rights, Third Party Custody, Uncontested Divorce, Visitation Rights|
|Fraud||Art Fraud, Automobile Fraud, Civil Fraud, Fraud, Identity Theft, Odometer Tampering|
|Housing Law||Affordable Housing, Apartment Projects, Fair Housing, Housing Development, Housing Discrimination, Housing Finance, Low Income Housing, Multi-Family Housing, Public Housing, Senior Citizen Housing, Subsidized Housing|
|Insurance||Accident Insurance, Automobile Insurance, Automobile Insurance Coverage, Automobile Liability, Captive Insurance, Casualty Insurance, Casualty Insurance Subrogation, Commercial Insurance, Commercial Property Insurance, Disability Insurance, Excess and Reinsurance, Excess Coverage, Extra Contractual Insurance Claims, Fidelity and Surety, Fidelity and Surety Bonds, Fire Insurance, Fire Insurance Subrogation, Fire Loss, First and Third Party Insurance, First Party Insurance, General Liability, Indemnity, Insurance Adjuster Liability, Insurance Administration, Insurance Agents and Brokers Defense, Insurance Agents and Brokers Errors and Omissions, Insurance Agents and Brokers, Malpractice, Insurance Arbitration, Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Collection, Insurance Company Demutualization, Insurance Company Taxation, Insurance Contracts, Insurance Coverage, Insurance Fraud, Insurance Guaranty Association Law, Insurance Insolvency, Insurance Investigations, Insurance Litigation, Insurance Mediation, Insurance Mergers and Acquisitions, Insurance Pooling Arrangements, Insurance Premium Fraud, Insurance Products, Insurance Rate Regulation, Insurance Receivership, Insurance Recovery, Insurance Regulation, Insurance Rehabilitation and Liquidation, Insurance Trusts, International Insurance, Life and Health Insurance, Life Insurance, No Fault Automobile Insurance, Personal Liability, Property Damage, Property Insurance, Property Insurance Coverage, Property Loss, Property Subrogation, Public Liability, Reinsurance, Reinsurance Arbitration, Reinsurance Mediation, Risk Management, Self Insured Law, Subrogation, Surety Bonds, Surety Law, Unfair Insurance Practices, Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists, Uninsured and Underinsured, Motorists Arbitration|
|Leases and Leasing||Commercial Landlord and Tenant Law, Commercial Leasing, Evictions, Industrial Leasing, International Leasing, Landlord and Tenant Law, Lease Finance, Lease Terminations, Leasing, Leveraged Leasing, Office Leasing, Rent Control, Retail Leasing, Shopping Center Leasing, Unlawful Detainer|
|Litigation||Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Complex and Multi-District Litigation, Complex Litigation, Defense Litigation, E-Discovery, Federal Civil Litigation, Federal Litigation, International Litigation, Long-Arm Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Trial Practice, U.S. Supreme Court Litigation|
|Mortgage Law||Commercial Mortgages, Foreclosure Defense, Mortgage Banking Law, Mortgage Bankruptcy, Mortgage Finance, Mortgage Foreclosure, Mortgage Insurance, Mortgage Lien Foreclosure, Mortgage Refinancing, Mortgage Securitization, Mortgage Tax, Mortgage Workouts, Secondary Mortgage Market|
|Property Law||International Property Law, Personal Property, Personal Property Leasing|
|Real Estate||Adverse Possession, Boundary Disputes, Common Interest Community Law, Community Association Law, Condominium Association Law, Condominium Conversions, Condominium Development, Condominium Law, Condominium Timeshares, Conservation Easements, Conveyancing, Cooperative Housing Association Law, Cooperative Conversions, Cooperative Housing Law, Easements, Historic Conservation Easements, Homeowners Association Law, International Real Estate, Land Acquisitions, Land Sales, Land Trusts, Manufactured Housing Law, Mixed Use Development, Mobile Home Law, Planned Unit Development Law, Property Management, Quiet Title, Real Estate Acquisitions, Real Estate Arbitration, Real Estate Banking Law, Real Estate Bankruptcy, Real Estate Brokerage Law, Real Estate Brokers and Agents Liability, Real Estate Brokers Licensing, Real Estate Brokers Malpractice, Real Estate Brokers Malpractice Defense, Real Estate Collections, Real Estate Contracts, Real Estate Development, Real Estate Errors and Omissions, Real Estate Exchanges, Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Foreclosure, Real Estate Fraud, Real Estate Investment, Real Estate Investment Taxation, Real Estate Investment Trusts, Real Estate Joint Ventures, Real Estate Leasing, Real Estate Litigation, Real Estate Mediation, Real Estate Partnerships, Real Estate Restructuring, Real Estate Sales, Real Estate Secured Lending, Real Estate Securities, Real Estate Settlements, Real Estate Syndication, Real Estate Tax Appeals, Real Estate Tax Assessment, Real Estate Tax Foreclosure, Real Estate Tax Liens, Real Estate Taxation, Real Estate Title, Real Estate Title Examination, Real Estate Title Insurance, Real Estate Trade Association Law, Real Estate Valuation, Real Estate Workouts, Real Property, Real Property Acquisitions, Real Property Development, Real Property Finance, Residential Real Estate, Residential Real Estate Acquisitions, Residential Real Estate Development, Residential Real Estate Finance, Residential Real Estate Foreclosure, Residential Real Estate Sales, Right of Way Easements, Waterfront Development|
|Social Security||Social Security Appeals, Social Security Disability, Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income|
Partner | Bolhouse, Baar, & Hofstee PC
2011 - 2017
Litigator. Hardworking and aggressive attorney who passionately and zealously represents clients in Court.
Juris Doctorate Cum Laude | Michigan State University College of Law
2004 - 2007
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Grandville, Michigan, Kent County
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