ABOUT David Wells Legal Services
BACKGROUND Mr. Wells began his legal career in June of 1974 as a law clerk for the Muskegon law firm of Marcus, Halbower, Ruck and Flynn. After graduating from law school, he became an associate with that law firm and four years later a partner. As time went on, the law firm David was associated with went through two small mergers. In 1995, he was the managing partner of his law firm and made a decision to engage in a different type of law practice. David and the senior partner of the law firm left the law firm and opened up a small practice in the city of Whitehall. In 2014 he moved his office to Twin Lake, Michigan.
Mr. Wells has practiced in the areas of: healthcare, worker's compensation, product liability, automobile negligence, divorce, wills, employment law, professional malpractice, defamation, Social Security, Disability, health and liability insurance, litigation (plaintiff & defense), labor & employment (municipal & small business) and arbitration and mediation in the areas of commerce, business/corporate, employment, healthcare, insurance, labor, probate/estates and domestic relations.
HEALTH CARE Mr. Wells offers considerable experience in the field of health care law. He is a current legal advisor for physicians and physician practice groups. Previously he was the primary legal counsel for a health care system and has 15 years of hospital board activity.
LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT Mr. Wells has considerable experience with labor and employment issues and frequently advises and represents individuals and businesses regarding various matters including, but not limited to discipline and discharge, discrimination, harassment, employment policies, unemployment, grievances, compensation, non-compete/disclosure agreements, fringe benefits, pensions, health insurance and recruitment/hiring. Mr. Wells is a labor and employment arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.
BUSINESS LAW Mr. Wells has many small business clients. He routinely helps clients start new limited liability companies, corporations and partnerships. He advises small business owners regarding their day to day legal issues, corporate procedures, corporate records, contracts, employment issues and financial issues. He provides legal services to those who have businesses they wish to purchase or sell. David also advises people who have employment issues.
COMMERCIAL LITIGATION Mr. Wells has considerable trial experience and has represented clients with many types of litigation including insurance, contracts, employment, real estate, health care and sales.
PROBATE ADMINISTRATION Mr. Wells represents people having legal concerns involving probate estates and estates that are being sued, creditors of estates and individuals with various issues involving probate estates. He is frequently hired by heirs of estates to file and probate wills or to open probate estates for individuals who have died without wills. Complicated probate estate matters are one of David's strengths. Frequently he is hired by attorneys and others or appointed by Courts to administer complicated estates where the original Personal Representatives/Executors/Administrators have not done a good job or were overwhelmed due to the difficulty of the issues. He is also hired to administer estates where the heirs have serious disputes between them.
ESTATE PLANNING Mr. Wells has been writing wills and trusts since he first started legal practice in 1976. He obtained additional concentrated training in estate planning and probate administration through the Institute of Continuing Legal Education's probate and estate planning certificate program. David specializes in the issues of blended families, family businesses, handicapped and disabled dependents, spendthrift trusts, living trusts, guardians of minors and guardianships for persons mentally and physically incompetent.
REAL ESTATE Mr. Wells assists and provides legal services to: contractors, real estate developers, construction customers, buyers and sellers of real estate, people with zoning problems, landlords and parties needing representation in real estate litigation.
FAMILY LAW AND DIVORCE Mr. Wells has been advising and representing people with divorce and family law issues since first beginning his practice of law in 1976. Mr. Wells limits his family law practice and believes that this allows him the ability to provide more personalized service and focused attention to the problems and issues of his family law clients than they might receive from attorneys with large family law practices.