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  • Estate Planning & Wealth Preservation

    At Fedor, Camargo & Weston PLC, we view each client on a broad spectrum, taking in account all of your circumstances to create estate planning solutions that fit your specific needs and desires. The resources in Fedor, Camargo & Weston PLC Estate Planning Center can help you identify your estate planning needs, recognize potential solutions, and locate an experienced Estate Planning attorney to help you at every step of the estate planning process.

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  • Probate & Trust Administration

    Administering an estate after a loved one has passed can be stressful and confusing at times. In addition to the emotional loss of the individual, there is the need to administer the deceased's estate in a timely and organized way. With specialized knowledge in the area of probate and trust administration, our attorneys have the expertise required to ensure that your probate matters are handled in a sensitive, but effective and efficient manner.

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  • Civil Litigation

    Representing Our Clients

    Fedor, Camargo & Weston PLC has gained a well-deserved reputation for successfully representing individuals and companies who find themselves in the midst of civil litigation. Whether you or your company are the defendant or the plaintiff in a lawsuit, you need experienced litigators who have worked on a wide variety of civil litigation cases. At Fedor, Camargo & Weston PLC, our attorneys are tough, experienced and skillful litigators who always strive for the best.

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  • Business Formation & Succession Law

    Attorneys Ensuring Proper Business Formation

    Selecting the right entity type for your business is vital to guarantee a successful start up. At Fedor, Camargo & Weston PLC, our attorneys possess the expertise and experience required to ensure successful start up for your business. With specialized knowledge in the areas of business formation, our attorneys will sit down with you and carefully analyze your personal needs, as well as those of your business.

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  • Construction Law

    Experienced Construction Law Attorneys

    At Fedor, Camargo & Weston PLC, we represent builders, owners, contractors, sub-contractors, and suppliers in all facets of construction law. Our attorneys understand that construction disputes and litigation can have a significant impact on the profitability of a construction project. As such, our attorneys are devoted to ensuring the best possible results for your company.

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  • Liquor Licenses

    Obtaining Liquor Licenses

    Liquor licenses can be a great source of profitability. However, they can also be a great source of consternation, especially in light of Michigan's very complex liquor licensing laws. At Fedor, Camargo & Weston PLC, our attorneys have specialized experience in navigating through Michigan's liquor licensing laws.

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About Us

A Bit About Us

Fedor, Camargo & Weston PLC

Fedor, Camargo & Weston PLC is a business and estate planning law firm. We provide sound advice and guidance in all areas of business law from the right entity formation to the winding down and sale of your business. We want to be your partner in business providing sound guidance and creative solutions to all of your business’ legal needs.

FCW also provides full service estate planning services. We represent clients in all aspects of estate planning, including the initial document drafting, funding, probate, trust administration, will contests and sophisticated planning techniques.

Whether you need a business lawyer for the formation of a new corporation or assistance with the administration of a trust or estate, you can count on our attorneys to bring skill, experience and compassion to your individualized legal needs. Here at Fedor, Camargo & Weston PLC, we will act on your behalf, aggressively and competently, to get you the results you seek. We are committed to giving you the legal expertise you want with the personalized service you deserve.

Our attorneys are licensed to practice in a variety of courts and jurisdictions and possess exceptional educational and professional credentials. Our practice extends throughout the State of Michigan, with specialized expertise navigating the courts in Oakland County, Macomb County and Wayne County. We have extensive experience helping clients in Detroit, Flint, Port Huron, Birmingham, Troy, Sterling Heights, Rochester Hills, and numerous other jurisdictions throughout the State of Michigan.

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Mr. Weston really appreciates his clients and understands their specific needs. He is a great asset to have on your side. Satisfied Client Matt Fedor helped my family and I out with a very sensitive issue. His knowledge, compassion and willingness to listen made us feel confident that we were in the right hands. Satisfied Client When my business was served with a lawsuit, Mr. Camargo listened to my issues, filed the appropriate legal response and quickly achieved a great result. Satisfied Client
 


Attorneys & Professionals

Our Attorneys & Professionals

Matthew Fedor, Esq.
Matthew Fedor, Esq.

248.822.7160 - msf@fedorlaw.com

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Matthew Fedor, Esq.
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248.822.7160
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Previous Experience:

Mr. Fedor has been practicing law since his admission to the Michigan Bar in 2000. He began career with Duffy and Robertson, P.C. in Bloomfield Hills, specializing in estate planning and corporate law. In 2003, Mr. Fedor accepted a position with a real estate development and management company in Farmington Hills, where he oversaw the commercial retail division of the business concentrating in real estate leases and management issues. In 2004, Mr. Fedor started his own law practice in Birmingham Michigan, focusing on estate planning, probate, and corporate matters. Immediately prior to coming to Fedor, Camargo & Weston PLC, his office was located in Troy, Michigan.

Mr. Fedor focuses his practice in estate planning, business succession planning, probate, and trust administration, guardianship and conservatorship, and litigation matters.

Admissions:

Admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 2000, Mr. Fedor is admitted to practice in all Michigan State courts, including the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District.

Membership:

State Bar of Michigan, Oakland County Bar Association, Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, Institute of Continuing Legal Education Partner, Former Michigan State College of Law Alumni Association Board member and Past President, Indiana University Alumni Association.

Education:

J.D., Cum Laude, Michigan State University College of Law (2000) – Concentration in taxation.
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana (1996) – B.S. in Public Affairs.
Father Gabriel Richard High School, Ann Arbor, Michigan (1992).
The Institute of Continuing Legal Education Probate and Estate Planning Certificate Recipient (2007)

Nicolas Camargo, Esq.
Nicolas Camargo, Esq.

248.822.7160 - nc@fedorlaw.com

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Nicolas Camargo
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Previous Experience:

Mr. Camargo has been practicing law since his admission to the Michigan Bar in 2003. He began his legal career as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Lisa Asadoorian in the 52nd 3rd Division District Court. In 2005, Mr. Camargo joined the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office. While serving as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, he gained recognition for his courtroom advocacy as he litigated a variety of matters, ranging from misdemeanors to high felonies and from criminal law matters to family law matters. Mr. Camargo also worked in conjunction with several state agencies such as the Michigan Department of Human Services and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Immediately prior to joining Fedor, Camargo & Weston, PLC, Mr. Camargo had his own legal practice. He currently focuses his practice in all areas of litigation, including but not limited to corporate litigation, probate litigation and general civil litigation. Mr. Camargo also handles estate planning and corporate matters. In addition to his private practice, Mr. Camargo also serves as a part-time magistrate in the 52/3 District Court in Rochester Hills.

Admissions:

Admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 2003

Membership:

State Bar of Michigan, Oakland County Bar Association, Macomb County Bar Association, Marquette University Alumni Association.

Education:

J.D., Michigan State College of Law (2003)

B.A. Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2000)

International School of Brussels High School, Brussels, Belgium (1996)

Trevor Weston, Esq.
Trevor Weston, Esq.

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Trevor Weston, Esq.
Contact Information:

248.822.7160
tjw@fedorlaw.com

Previous Experience:

Mr. Weston has been practicing law since his admission to the Michigan Bar in 2006. He began his career with a firm specializing in all aspects of civil litigation focusing primarily on the defense of claims against businesses, churches, general contractors and manufacturers.

In 2008, Mr. Weston started his own law practice in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan focusing on estate planning, probate, and corporate matters. Trevor joined the firm of Fedor, Camargo & Weston PLC in 2011. His focus has been primarily on estate planning, probate and estate administration and the general litigation needs of the firm’s clients.

As a former teacher, he enjoys working with individuals and families within in the local communities, getting to know them personally and educating them as to the decisions they need to make to create estate plans that fit their needs.

Admissions:

Trevor is admitted to practice in all Michigan State Courts, the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, as well as the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Membership:

Trevor is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Oakland County Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Michigan, and Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, as well as the Estate Planning Sections of the State Bar of Michigan and Oakland County Bar Association. He is also a member of the Royal Oak Optimist Club. Trevor has published articles in the Michigan Defense Quarterly and sits on the Construction Code Board of Appeals and Historical Commission for the City of Royal Oak.

Education:

J.D., Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan (2006) – B.A. Hope College, Holland, Michigan (2002) Michigan Provisional Teaching Certificate (2003) Port Huron Northern High School, Port Huron, Michigan (1998)




Practice Areas

Practice Areas

Business Formation & Succession Law
Attorneys Ensuring Proper Business Formation

Selecting the right entity type for your business is vital to guarantee a successful start up. At Fedor, Camargo & Weston PLC, our attorneys possess the expertise and experience required to ensure successful start up for your business. With specialized knowledge in the areas of business formation, our attorneys will sit down with you and carefully analyze your personal needs, as well as those of your business. Using that information, our attorneys will craft a detailed and individualized plan for you that will ensure your business gets off to the right start. Occasionally it becomes necessary to change the business entity as the business grows and changes. Our attorneys can also assist you with your legal needs as your business grows and adapts to the ever changing business climate, including making the necessary changes to protect your assets as well as those of your business.

Winding Down: Planning for Business Succession

It has been said that the first plan a business needs is an exit plan. Planning for an appropriate exit strategy should be an initial consideration in the formation of any business. Whether your exit strategy is to pass along the business to a family member, grow and then sell the business, or take the company public, our attorneys can help you create a solid plan from the beginning to the end. Even if your business was formed without an exit strategy, our attorneys can analyze your current business situation and devise a sound exit plan that will safeguard your personal needs as well as your business needs.

Civil Litigation
Representing Our Clients

Fedor, Camargo & Weston PLC has gained a well-deserved reputation for successfully representing individuals and companies who find themselves in the midst of civil litigation. Whether you or your company are the defendant or the plaintiff in a lawsuit, you need experienced litigators who have worked on a wide variety of civil litigation cases. At Fedor, Camargo & Weston PLC, our attorneys are tough, experienced and skillful litigators who always strive for the best.

At Fedor, Camargo & Weston PLC, our experience ranges from straight-forward contract disputes to complex document-intensive litigation. Our attorneys have the knowledge and sophistication to handle any civil dispute that can arise in Michigan. We will use our experience and trial skills to resolve your dispute favorably. Our goal in every case is to achieve our client’s objectives as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

Experience with a Full Range of Issues

Our attorneys have expertise in numerous areas of civil law. We handle civil litigation cases involving:

  • Estate litigation – will contests, probate disputes and trust litigation
  • Insurance claims – disputes over insurance coverage under auto, homeowners, health, disability, life and commercial insurance policies
  • Commercial litigation – breach of contract, non-compete agreements, partnership and shareholder disputes
  • Real estate – disagreements over the construction, purchase, or leasing of commercial or residential property, condemnation and eminent domain, boundary disputes, zoning issues, annexation, and tax disputes
  • Contract Disputes – disputes over contracts involving business, real estate, promissory notes, collection matters and all types of contracts
Construction Law
Experienced Construction Law Attorneys

At Fedor, Camargo & Weston PLC, we represent builders, owners, contractors, sub-contractors, and suppliers in all facets of construction law. Our attorneys understand that construction disputes and litigation can have a significant impact on the profitability of a construction project. We are committed to helping clients quickly and effectively resolve issues related to construction projects. Our attorneys represent clients in the construction industry in all aspects of their business, from incorporating a business and drafting and reviewing contracts to handling the arbitration, trial and/or mediation of construction-related claims. Our firm is able to provide legal advice and representation in a full range of construction law matters:

  • Construction contract disputes
  • Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating construction contracts
  • Foreclosure matters
  • Performance bonds
  • Surety claims
  • Architect and engineer liability

We are prepared to represent clients in construction projects ranging in value from smaller residential construction projects to projects worth $100s of millions of dollars. We have significant experience appearing before local, state, and federal agencies in a wide range of environmental and land use matters.

Construction Litigation

Litigation is an ever-present concern during construction projects. There are literally thousands of issues in any project that can lead to construction litigation. We have extensive experience handling construction mediation, arbitration, and litigation. Our objective in any construction dispute is to quickly resolve the matter and minimize the financial impact on our client.

Estate Planning and Wealth Preservation

At Fedor, Camargo & Weston PLC, we view each client on a broad spectrum, taking in account all of your circumstances to create estate planning solutions that fit your specific needs and desires. Estate planning is a broad term used to describe various aspects of planning your future. In fact a comprehensive estate plan may encompass not only documents like a will and trust, but also a business succession plan or the establishment of college funds for your grandchildren.

Incapacity

Estate Planning also provides for your life situations in the case of incapacity. If you become incapacitated how would you manage your affairs? Without proper planning someone may have to go to court to obtain legal authority to act on your behalf, causing unnecessary delay and expense. Proper planning can avoid unnecessary expense and delay through the use of revocable living trusts, powers of attorney, and other planning methods available to you.

Medical Power of Attorney

Estate Planning also provides a way to you to decide who would make medical decisions on your behalf if you are unable to participate in your care. You can appoint a loved one to make medical decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated. Although people believe that their families know their wishes when it comes to medical care, often in times of stress and anxiety over medical emergencies difficult decisions become impossible. Through proper estate planning prior to your incapacity you can appoint someone you trust to make these decisions if you become unable to do so. We can provide clients with patient advocate designations, living wills, and HIPAA disclosure forms to provide a peace of mind in such trying times.

Unnecessary Expense and Delay

Estate planning can avoid the delay and expense of probate. Without proper planning probate court proceedings may be necessary to transfer assets in the deceased person’s name. When a probate case is filed in court, the information filed with the court becomes public record and anyone may view its contents. Additionally, under traditional probate proceedings creditors have 4 months to make claims against the estate which can mean a delay in transferring your assets to your loved ones. We can help you avoid this time consuming and expensive process and help you pass your assets to loved ones faster and without unnecessary expense.

Minor Children

Estate planning can also provide for minor children. Without proper planning, children will not only be forced to deal with the loss of a parent, but may also be subject to a judge deciding who will raise them and who will be in control of their finances. Additionally, once a child reaches the age of 18, they are considered an adult and can take control of their assets. Proper estate planning can prevent the misuse of assets, protect the child’s assets from unscrupulous persons and avoid unnecessary financial burdens.

Taxes

Estate planning can also help you to maximize your tax savings and avoid the “death tax” if possible. Through proper estate planning you can minimize the effect of estate taxes and also minimize income taxes through proper handling of retirement accounts.

Estate planning ultimately is for the ones we leave behind. It is for our families and friends so that in their time of grief and sadness they are not also forced to deal with financial, business or other decisions we did not intend.

Estate planning is one of the most important steps any person can take to make sure that their final property and health care wishes are honored, and that loved ones are provided for in their absence. Though often overlooked or put off in favor of more immediate concerns, a comprehensive estate plan can resolve a number of legal questions that arise whenever anyone dies: What is the state of their financial affairs? What real and personal property do they own? Who gets what? Does a personal guardian need to be appointed to care for minor children? How much tax will need to be paid in order to transfer property ownership? What funeral arrangements are appropriate?

What is an “Estate”?

Your “estate” consists of all property owned by you at the time of your death, including:

  • Real estate
  • Bank accounts
  • Stocks and other securities
  • Life insurance policies
  • Personal property such as automobiles, jewelry, and artwork
How Can an Estate Plan Help?

Regardless of your age, or the size and complexity of your estate, an estate plan can accomplish the following:

  • Identify the family members and other loved ones that you wish to receive your property after your death.
  • Ensure that your property will be transferred to those you have identified, as quickly and with as few legal hurdles as possible.
  • Minimize the amount of taxes that will need to be paid in order for your property to pass to others after your death.
  • Avoid the time and costs associated with the probate process by utilizing estate planning devices like living trusts and “payable on death” bank accounts.
  • Dictate the kinds of life-prolonging medical care you wish to receive should you be unable to make your wishes known when the time comes.
  • Set forth the kind of funeral arrangements you would like, and how related expenses are to be paid.

Understanding the estate plan options that are right for you can be a complex undertaking. The attorneys of Fedor, Camargo & Weston PLC can help you identify your estate planning needs, recognize potential solutions, and help you through every step of the estate planning process.

Liquor Licenses
Obtaining Liquor Licenses

Liquor licenses can be a great source of profitability. However, they can also be a great source of consternation, especially in light of Michigan’s very complex liquor licensing laws. At Fedor, Camargo & Weston PLC, our attorneys have specialized experience in navigating through Michigan’s liquor licensing laws. Our attorneys have achieved excellent results assisting clients in obtaining their liquor licenses, as well as in assisting clients in maintaining those licenses.

Liquor License Violations

Compliance with Michigan’s liquor licensing laws is strictly monitored by state agencies. Enforcement of violations can be swift and harsh. If faced with a violation of the liquor licensing code, it pays to have attorneys that not only understand the intricacies involved in Michigan’s liquor licensing laws, but that have also developed relationships with the agencies monitoring those laws. The difference between hiring an attorney who has specialized expertise in this area of law and hiring any other attorney can be the difference between keeping your license intact and losing it. In other words, it can be the difference between sustaining profits and watching those profits falter. At Fedor, Camargo & Weston PLC, you can rest assured that our attorneys have the specialized knowledge necessary to assist you in the face of an alleged liquor code violation.

Probate and Trust Administration

Administering an estate after a loved one has passed can be stressful and confusing at times. In addition to the emotional loss of the individual, there is the need to administer the deceased’s estate in a timely and organized way. With specialized knowledge in the area of probate and trust administration, our attorneys have the expertise required to ensure that your probate matters are handled in a sensitive, but effective and efficient manner.

Probate Administration:

Probate court administration is through the local probate court, typically where the deceased person lived.

Testate:

If a person dies with a Will (otherwise known as “testate”), the probate court is necessary to give the Will legal authority. In other words, if all you have is a Will, probate court will likely be necessary to give the Will document legal authority. A probate court can determine if the Will is valid, hear any objections to the Will, order that creditors be paid and supervise the process of administration to assure that property remaining is distributed in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Will.

Intestate:

If a person dies without a Will (otherwise known as “intestate”), the probate court is the only authority that can appoint a personal representative, give authority to transfer assets solely in the name of the deceased, receive all claims against the estate, pay creditors and then distribute all remaining property in accordance with the terms of the Will. The major difference between dying testate and dying intestate is that an intestate estate is distributed to beneficiaries in accordance with the distribution plan established by Michigan law; a testate estate (after payment of debts, taxes and costs of administration) is distributed in accordance with the instructions provided by the decedent in their Will.

Disadvantages of Probate:
Expense:

The cost of probating an estate can typically range from 3% to 7% of the total estate value.

Public:

The file of a probate estate is open to the public and viewable by anyone who wants to see the file.

Delay:

The minimum time a standard estate must remain open is 4 months after publishing public notice in the legal newspaper. This time period may delay the distribution of your assets to loved ones.

Advantages of a Trust:
Privacy:

The terms and details of your trust are not public information and available only to certain persons under Michigan law.

No Delay:

The terms of your trust can provide methods to provide financially for your loved ones immediately after your death. This will eliminate delay in using the trust assets for the benefit of those you leave behind.

Control:

You can control the timing of distributions from your trust, provide safeguards for specific concerns you may have about those receiving distributions from the trust and have the flexibility to customize how you would like your assets distributed.

Trust Administration:

Trust administration can be a more private, faster, and typically easier way to pass your assets on to loved ones as compared to the use of probate. Many clients choose the flexibility of a trust based estate plan to avoid the expense, delay and public nature of going through the Michigan probate court system.

Duties of Administrator:

The duties of the person in charge of administering the estate, either as a personal representative of a probate estate or a trustee of a trust include collection of assets, management of assets, and disbursement of assets. Often times, these obligations are set by Michigan law. We can help you navigate this complex system and advise you on how to avoid personal liability in the administration process.

Out of State Clients:

We have extensive experience in working with out of state clients who are personal representatives and trustees for estates in Michigan. Contact us to see how we can assist you with all of your estate and trust administration needs.

 


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FCW Partner Honored in Michigan State College of Law Amicus Magazine

We are proud to congratulate Matthew Fedor on the recent article honoring him and his family in Michigan State College of Law’s Amicus alumni magazine. Mr. Fedor obtained his juris doctorate from MSU in 2000. The article, which appears on page 46 of the Spring 2011 edition of Amicus, highlights Mr. Fedor’s long standing commitment to the community.

As his partners, we know Matt to be a skilled attorney in and outside of the courtroom, who zealously advocates his clients’ legal rights. He is a known problem-solver with a knack for developing sound legal solutions for a variety of legal issues. However, the article in the Amicus magazine demonstrates that Matthew is much more than the files on his desk. He is a devoted and involved member of the community who never hesitates to dedicate his spare time to helping those around him.

Congrats, Matt!

FCW

 

Gift Tax Problems When Adding Someone's Name to Your Deed

“The IRS all but admits it is going on a fishing expedition for John Does–but one it considers to be in well-stocked waters. An affidavit attached to its lawsuit signed by Josephine Bonaffini, a Boston-based official of the national IRS Estate and Gift Tax Program, states that the agency already has obtained official real estate transfer information from 15 other states and found widespread noncompliance.

“Nationally, Bonaffini said, “I estimate that between 60% and 90% of taxpayers that transfer real property for little or no consideration to family members fail to file a Form 709 as required by the internal revenue laws.” She said samplings of related-party transfers showed gift tax returns were filed 0% of the time in Ohio, and only 10% in Florida and Virginia. She identified the other 12 states that coughed up data as Connecticut, Hawaii, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.”

From Forbes.com by William Barrett, March 24, 2011

 

 

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