I am Tracy Thompson. As the managing partner of Thompson, Thompson & Glanville, PLC, I know how challenging it is to run a small business in Michigan these days. In this tough environment, you need to do things right, the first time. So call me and let me use my legal and business background to help you make good legal decisions for your business.
I can help you with:
- Forming a new Limited Liability Company (LLC) or Corporation
- Buying or selling a business
- Hiring employees or independent contractors
- Amending Articles of Incorporation or Organization
- Amending Bylaws or an Operating Agreement
- Drafting a Shareholders’ Agreement
- Entering into a major contract
- Buying or selling real estate or significant capital assets
- Merging or dissolving a company
A big part of our practice includes civil litigation. Civil litigation is the court process to resolve disputes between individuals, businesses or public entities. A few examples of civil litigation include claims for breach of contract or warranty, landlord/tenant disputes, property or boundary disputes, divorce and custody matters, and will contests. Each of us specialize in different areas of the law to make sure you get an expert in your type of dispute.
Civil litigation can take a lot of time and cost a lot of money, so we help our clients try to resolve their disputes before going to court. If your case needs to go to court, or if somebody has already sued you, you need a litigator with good communication skills who is skilled in the art of persuasion. We are the litigators you need. We achieve justice for our clients in court because we get to know them, their cases, and the law better than the other side. We attend seminars to stay on top of the law, and our firm has an on-line law library second to none in the area. Many firms send us their complex or difficult cases. We provide “big city” law firm expertise with small town attentiveness and plain-old common sense.
We would be proud to represent you in court. Explain your problem to our legal secretary Annette and she will make sure you speak with the attorney who specializes in your problem.
Please call our Ludington office at (231) 843-8579 for an appointment, or email us at:
I am Ryan Glanville. I handle the firm’s criminal defense cases. I fight to protect my clients’ rights. When picking a criminal defense attorney, you need someone who is a skilled litigator and knows the law.
I have handled hundreds of criminal cases. I do not shy away from the tough ones. I have helped clients walk away from charges of murder, criminal sexual conduct, and serious drug crimes. I try a lot of cases. I stay sharp.
I know the law. Because our firm stays at the cutting edge of technology, I know immediately when a new law is passed, or the Supreme Court issues an important decision. I use the law to help gain any advantage I can for my clients.
Bold and Aggressive
I aggressively represent my clients. That means I do not sit back and wait to see what the prosecutors are going to do. I take the case to them. I file motions to ensure my clients get a fair trial. I use the best investigators to follow up on all leads. I don’t like surprises at trial, so I leave no stone unturned.
Criminal Defense Attorney’s of Michigan
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Drivers License Restoration
I am Ryan Glanville. I handle driver’s license restoration cases for our firm. One of the most important rights a citizen has in a modern society is the right to drive. Unless you live in a big city with good public transportation, it is hard to earn a living without a license. The Secretary of State is taking away more driver licenses now than ever before. Many people lose their licenses due to multiple drinking and driving offenses, refusal of breathalyzer tests, too many points, physical or mental disabilities, or simply neglecting to pay a ticket.
The good news is that the Secretary of State is also returning more licenses than ever before. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is seeing the relief on my client’s face when they get their license back.
If your license has been suspended due to multiple drunk driving convictions, you will not get your license back until you can prove to the Secretary of State that you no longer drink. The Secretary of State does not give licenses back to people who are occasional or social drinkers. They demand absolute sobriety. I strongly encourage people to attend support groups like AA or NA and keep documentation of attendance. You will also need to provide the Secretary of State with letters from friends, family members, and co-workers that testify to your sobriety. Finally, you will need an alcohol evaluation performed by a certified alcohol counselor to file with your petition. It is crucial to have an attorney review evaluations and your supporting letters of sobriety before sending your petition to the Secretary of State. At a minimum, the letters and evaluation need to address the length of your sobriety and prognosis for continued sobriety. After I send the letters and alcohol evaluation, I help get you ready for questions related to your prior drug and/or alcohol use, prior relapses, and prescription drugs that are typically asked at your hearing by the Secretary of State Administrative Judges. It is your burden to prove that you are now safe to get behind the wheel. In many cases, you are only entitled to one hearing per year, so it is important to put on the best case possible.
My name is Ryan Glanville. I handle the firm’s drunk driving cases. Michigan’s new Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) law is tough. You can get busted for driving after two beers. Here are the penalties:
1st offenders face:
up to 93 days in jail
a 6 month license suspension
possible vehicle immobilization
fines and court costs
2nd offenders face:
up to 1 year in jail
license revocation for at least 1 year
mandatory vehicle immobilization
more fines and court costs
3rd offenders face:
a felony with up to 5 years in prison
license revocation for a minimum of 5 years
even more fines and costs
Alcohol content 0.17 or more – Super Drunk Driving Law
The best way to avoid the time, cost, and humiliation of a drunk driving conviction is not to drink and drive. If you do get arrested for drunk driving, you absolutely need an attorney. Cases can be won by exposing illegal stops and arrests by the police, or violations of alcohol testing procedures. If I can’t get a case thrown out, I fight to keep my client out of jail and on the road.
Elder Law / Medicaid Planning
I am Tracy Thompson, the firm expert on Elder Law and Medicaid Planning. My specialty is helping people figure out how to pay for long term care. Sometimes that means planning years in advance, perhaps with the purchase of long term care insurance, creative estate planning, and the proper titling of assets. But many times I am called on in the midst of a crisis; someone is headed to a nursing home at $10,000 a month, and the family is wondering how to pay for all of that. What will happen to a life’s savings? Will we lose the family home or farm?
Don’t panic; come see me instead. I can guide you through the tangled Medicare/Medicaid system that helps seniors pay nursing home bills. I have recently filed dozens of successful Medicaid applications for long term care nursing home benefits, often helping families preserve assets worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Medicaid planning is not for the faint of heart. The law changes rapidly, as do the best techniques to help clients preserve as much as possible. I stay abreast of all the latest through my daily updates on the internet, and my memberships in the State Bar of Michigan’s Elder Law Section and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. But expertise is not all you get when you hire me. I grew up in Ludington and am active in the community. I know personally many of the people who provide services for our elderly, so I can be a great resource to help a family find the right people. Finally, and most importantly, I care deeply about my elderly clients and their families and I treat them with the respect they deserve.
Member of: National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.
I am Tracy Thompson. I do all of the estate planning for the firm. Some attorneys think estate planning is boring, boring, boring. Not me. This is one of the most challenging and rewarding areas of my practice. I truly enjoy sitting down with people and discussing the inevitable: death! No one wants to leave a mess behind for their children or loved ones, but too many people do from lack of planning, procrastination, or just plain reluctance to admit our own mortality.
Come see me and I will quickly put you at ease, explain your options, and craft a will or trust-based estate plan that will accomplish your goals in the most effective manner. And maybe even save some taxes. You will leave my office with peace of mind and a sigh of relief that you finally got this taken care of.
When choosing an attorney to help you plan your estate, it is critical to pick someone with sufficient knowledge and experience to get the job done right the first time. I have been counseling families and individuals in West Michigan since 1994. I have drafted almost two thousand wills and trusts. I keep up to date on the law through my memberships in the State Bar of Michigan’s Probate and Estate Planning Section, the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. I attend continuing education seminars regularly. I read several internet list servs comprised of attorneys who specialize in estate planning. In other words, I know this stuff.
Financial/Legal Powers of Attorney
Member of: National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.
Tracy Thompson and Ryan Glanville handle all of the firm’s family law clients. Many attorneys shy away from these difficult cases, but we embrace this area of the law. We get a lot of satisfaction from helping people in crisis. We know this area of the law inside and out, go to seminars regularly, and keep updated daily over the internet on any new developments. But more importantly, we have decades of family law experience and a lot of just plain common sense.
Tracy has been married for twenty-six years, and has five children, and Ryan has been married for nineteen years and has three children. We care about our clients. We can help you in the following areas:
Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements
I am Ryan Glanville. I handle the firm’s personal injury cases. I represent people who have been injured in car crashes, slip and falls, and other accidents. Through no fault of their own, their lives, and the lives of their families, often change dramatically after an accident. This motivates me to fight for justice and fair compensation. I dedicate my practice to being respected by my clients, insurance adjusters, opposing attorneys, and judges.
I take on the biggest insurance companies every day. I can compete with them because our firm stays at the cutting edge of technology, allowing us to stay on top of the ever-changing area of personal injury law. I win cases by knowing my clients, their cases, and the law better than the insurance companies and their attorneys.
If you are injured in an accident, you can’t get fair compensation unless your attorney knows every detail about your case. I personally meet with my clients and their doctors as often as it takes to know the facts of each case. I work with experienced private investigators to track down every witness. Once I know my client’s case, I bring it to life by using powerful exhibits at trial so the jury understands why justice requires fair compensation.
Member of Michigan Association for Justice.
Tracy Thompson here. I am the probate expert in the firm. Probate is the court process that people use to transfer title of assets from the dead to the living. If someone has passed away and you are an heir or a personal representative, then you might need me.
The first question in any potential probate case is do you really need to go through probate?
You only need probate if you have an asset titled in one person’s name, and that person is deceased. It is impractical to ask the deceased to sign a deed or close a bank account. If you have to go through probate, don’t panic; with a good attorney by your side, probate is usually not that big a deal.
I always try to find the most efficient way to get my clients in and out of probate. For smaller estates, I will see if we can use one of the several quicker and cheaper procedures. If your case doesn’t fit into a small estate procedure, then we have to get ready for a full probate. I will need the original will (if there is one), a death certificate, and the names, ages and addresses of the living heirs. I may also need a complete family tree history. My first job will be to prepare the initial probate papers so we can get you appointed as the personal representative. Once you are appointed, then you can administer the estate by finding and preserving estate assets, paying creditors and taxes, and ultimately distributing the estate to the proper people. I know all the ins and outs of the probate process and can help you with any questions that arise along the way.
I have handled dozens of probate cases every year since 1996, and my paralegal Deborah Sherman has done every one of them with me. We are a good team to have on your side. We have successfully negotiated the probate process for complicated multi-million dollar estates. But most of our probate clients have much more modest estates and often spend less than $2,000 total in attorney fees, court costs and taxes.
Member of: National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.
I am Tracy Thompson, and I handle the firm’s real estate clients. I can assist and advise you regarding a variety of real estate issues, including:
- Buying and selling residential and commercial real estate
- Land contracts and land contract forfeitures
- Drafting and recording real estate documents
- Curing title defects
- Easement and boundary disputes
- Adverse possession
- Land use and zoning
- Water and mineral rights
- Construction and development
If you are thinking about selling your property, I strongly recommend that you use a Realtor® to market your property. A good agent takes a lot of the stress and hassle out of the process. And a good agent usually produces a higher price and a quicker sale than doing it all on your own. But even if you use an agent, either as a buyer or a seller, you may still need an attorney to help you through the process, especially if there are any problems.
If you decide to sell your property on your own, or if you already have a deal worked out to sell your property, I can help you by preparing the sales agreement, arranging for and reviewing any title insurance, and helping with the closing process.