Areas of Practice
Attorneys Serving Hillsdale County & Beyond
Since 2008, Timothy E. Dixon has provided clients across Hillsdale County with professional, courteous legal services. In 2014, Laura Rahe joined his practice and together they have formed Dixon & Rahe, PLC. Our attorneys practice in a number of areas including divorce, estate planning, real estate transactions, and more. We are proud to be a team that clients across the area trust for honest, reliable services and results.
From the beginning, it has been our goal to provide our clients with the representation they need and deserve. We take the time to get to know the details of your case and situation and personalize our services to fit your needs. We approach every case with care and consideration and always keep your best interests in mind.
Proudly Serving Hillsdale County & Surrounding Counties
We represent clients in the following areas
Starting a business can be an exciting endeavor, but it also requires a great deal of planning. Our team will work with you to determine which type of business entity you should form, while also protecting your personal assets. We will explain every step of the formation process and then draft the required legal documents to match your goals. We discuss the advantages of each type of entity, and with your permission, will work with your accountant to establish the best tax structure for your entity. Our goal is to help you lay a strong foundation for your business’ long-term success.
Business Succession Planning
Our business succession planning services are designed to help you integrate your business interests and create a plan for the long-term growth and success of your enterprise. We will work with you to design a plan that preserves, protects, and successfully transfers your assets in the event that an unexpected crisis occurs. We can help you update your wills and trusts; and with your permission, we can discuss your existing insurance policies with your insurance agent to ascertain the protections and vulnerabilities of your coverage.
When disputes over child custody arise, an attorney can assist you in making sure that the court is aware of all of the relevant facts. Under the law, the child’s best interests govern. The standard of proof, however, will depend upon whether an established custodial environment exists. Issues of parenting time can also arise. If you face a custody case involving your child, attorney Laura T. Rahe will present your case thoroughly and advocate for you continuously throughout the process.
A divorce can present you with an unprecedented set of challenges, and attorney Laura T. Rahe is here for you every step of the way. She will help you through this financially and emotionally trying time in your life. She works to provide each client with individualized service and results. She will work with you to address each issue that arises in your case. These issues include child custody, property division, and spousal support. It is her goal to help you understand each step of the process and your options, and to help you achieve the results you want.
Estate Planning and Elder Law
Establishing an estate plan is a way to secure your family’s financial future, protect assets, and bring peace of mind. It can be a difficult process to determine who will inherit your financial assets, possessions, and home, but we will help to ensure your wishes are carried out. Additionally, older adults have specialized needs that often include long-term care planning and expenses, and issues with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Our attorneys and team will help you design a strategy that can help protect your assets and your family’s interests.
Guardianship & Conservatorship
Guardianships and conservatorships may be established for minors and adults who are incapacitated, developmentally disabled, and/or unable to manage their financial affairs and assets. A guardian may be appointed to make decisions concerning the health and welfare of the person in need of help and protection. A conservator makes decisions regarding an individual’s finances and assets to protect the assets and avoid their dissipation. An appointed individual can serve as both a guardian and a conservator. Together, we can help you establish a guardianship or conservatorship for your loved one, or represent you in a contested proceeding.
Americans seeking to bring a family member or prospective employee to the United States will face a complex array of laws and regulations. If a form is filled out incorrectly, your petition or application could be delayed or denied, costing you time and money. Our team will guide you through this process and ensure that all legal requirements are met.
Land Contracts and Purchase Money Mortgages
A land contract or purchase money mortgage is used when a buyer cannot get traditional financing to pay the purchase price all at once. It can also be used when the seller does not want all of the purchase price at once, and instead plans to use the payments to supplement his or her income. Our attorneys will work with you to make sure you understand the obligations and risks associated with these types of financing devices.
Whether you are a tenant or a landlord, a dispute can be very stressful. We provide legal counsel to landlords and tenants to help them understand the details of a lease agreement, and create documents designed to prevent possible disputes. In addition, we work with landlords looking to begin the process of evicting a tenant, inquiring about issues such as maintenance problems, delayed rental payments, or disagreements over a lease.
After you lose a loved one, your family may face a confusing and emotionally charged time. Our team will work with you through every step of the probate process. Probate is a court-supervised mechanism to distribute assets among heirs. It is our goal to work with personal representatives to eliminate unnecessary stresses and ensure the estate is properly divided among you and your family members.
Real Estate Law
When a real estate transaction is handled improperly, it can lead to problems for you in the future. We have the knowledge and experience to help you navigate the most complex transactions and agreements. Our goal is to ensure your legal interests are protected and help prevent future issues from arising. Our attorneys will work together with you to help you understand the liabilities and risks associated with your transaction.