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Estate Planning and Probate • Real Estate • Tax Law • Wrongful Death • Social Security Disability

Every family will have a legal need at some time. It’s nice to know that most of your legal needs can be met at one law firm with friendly, professional service from experienced attorneys who value your business and understand your needs. The law firm of Steffel & Steffel has been helping the families of Battle Creek and nearby communities reach their legal goals for more than 30 years. Contact our office or call (269) 962-3545 for a free initial phone discussion. Learn why so many people have chosen our attorneys to help with their legal needs.

We provide services in the following areas:

Estate Planning and Probate

Estate planning is the process of preparing wills, trusts, and directives to ensure that your last wishes are carried out and your loved ones are cared for. There are a variety of estate planning tools to meet differing needs and goals:

  • Funding a child’s education
  • Care for an incapacitated parent or disabled child
  • Protecting assets from estate taxes and probate fees
  • Transferring a business
  • Preserving and managing money for future generations
  • Estate planning for cohabitating partners

Whatever your goals, we can help you with a properly prepared estate plan.

Probate is the court process that includes collecting assets together, securing monies owed to the estate, paying debts and necessary taxes, and distributing property to heirs. State laws and procedures vary greatly, so, it is important to consult a firm with experience in this area of the law to ensure that probate is completed correctly. Contact our Battle Creek law office for a free initial phone discussion with an attorney experienced and knowledgeable in Michigan matters.

Real Estate Transactions and Litigation

Our firm represents buyers and sellers in real estate transactions, handling closings, zoning variances, landlord-tenant matters, construction defect litigation,  title problems, boundary disputes, oil and gas leases and water rights.

Tax Law

Our firm represents individuals with disputes with state and federal tax authorities. We have successfully represented clients in litigation and appeals before the Michigan Tax Tribunal and in IRS administrative hearings and appeals.

Wrongful Death Claims

If a loved one died in a fatal car accident, motorcycle crash, truck wreck, construction site accident or any other event caused by the negligence or wrongful conduct of another, we understand that a lawsuit is not your first concern. However, a wrongful death claim could help your family obtain compensation for the financial losses and enduring pain a tragedy has caused you, and hold responsible parties accountable for the harm they have caused. Please feel free to contact Steffel & Steffel for a free, confidential discussion of your claim.

Social Security Disability Insurance and supplemental security income

If you suffer from a physical or mental impairment that has prevented or is expected to prevent you from working for at least twelve months, you may be entitled to receive social security disability benefits based on your earnings records, or supplemental security income in other situations.  Most people who apply for  Social Security disability income or supplemental security benefits are rejected initially, but that does not mean you don’t have a valid claim.

Don’t give up on benefits to which you may be entitledContact Steffel & Steffel for help appealing a Social Security Disability claim denial. We have successfully represented people at all levels of the administrative claim process.