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February 01, 2007

"Passed the Bar - Hung A Shingle" - New Inductee, Chris Sevick

A new inductee into "Passed the Bar - Hung A Shingle" - Chris Sevick.  Although, technically, not opening his solo practice within 18 months of graduating law school, in the three and a half years between graduation and hanging a shingle he did not practice law so I believe that qualifies.

I'll allow Chris Sevick of Ypsilanti, Michigan to introduce himself. Congratulations, Chris!

More info can be found in his biography

"I graduated (Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan) in 2002, passed the February 2006 bar and opened my office in July without having practiced before.  I spent from 1999 to 2006 in Property Management, for the nation's largest property management company, www.aimco.com, and real estate sales, as a licensed Realtor & Associate Broker, for a local 250 person, 10 office regional real estate company, www.Surovell.com. My childhood was spent involved in real estate investments while growing up as my parents owned and operated several small rental communities and flipped several houses.  As a result I focused on real estate in law school with the intention of opening my own practice focused in real estate and estate planning.  I couldn't be happier about my career choice and the clients I serve. 

From my background of 8 years in real estate I have developed a growing practice area .......

.................with emphasis on referrals from lenders, Realtors, home inspectors and contractors.  I operate a full service law office dealing with all facets of real estate--purchase and sale assistance, title review, for sale by owner assistance, foreclosure, zoning, mortgage negotiations, landlord/tenant, constructions concerns, and liens. 

One recent success story in land use/zoning was the approval of the Arbor Dog Daycare, www.arbordogdaycare.com, for a special exception permit to open in an office district to operate their cage-free daycare just a mere 10 days before their old location was to be destroyed for a new set of shops and offices.  Took about 2 1/2 months of constant effort and planning, but very much worth is given the "save" that occurred. 
The other portion of my office practice deals with estate planning and elder law, with a growing emphasis in Medicaid assistance and asset protection.  During law school I participated in an internship with the 60 Plus clinic, http://www.cooley.edu/clinics/estateplanning.htm, an estate preparation clinic, for those of 60 years of ago or older and with limited means.  This opened my eyes to the positive things that I can do to assist those in need of simple to complex estate plans and planning documents. 
I am active in the mental health and probate docket in an opportunity to work with and better the interactions of disadvantaged clients with the court system and community care that is available to them.  While not all of these interactions are positive, in all cases I feel a strong sense of having given back and improved the quality of life for the clients, at least for the short term. 
Law Office of Christopher Sevick, PLC
"A Full Service Law Office"
Focus on Real Estate & Estate Planning
124 Pearl Street, Suite #405
Ypsilanti, MI 48197-2663
Telephone 734.480.9100
Facsimile 734.480.9101
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Chuck Newton

This is my kind of guy. My kind of lawyer. I love the practice area, although it could be a little more well defined or niched. But, it is a real good start. Best of luck.

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