Sometimes your past comes back to haunt you. Awhile ago, this homeowner and his wife had a fire. (He left Halogen work lights on next to some combustibles when most of the family was out of town.) During that claim, however, they decided to create phony receipts and submit them for payment to the insurance company. Their insurance company found out and denied the rest of their coverage for fraud. Well, these insureds thought that was unfair because they had perfectly good reasons for making false receipts.
We are currently seeking a full-time legal secretary for our firm.
At Willison + Hellman, we believe the power of the team is more valuable than the sum of its parts. With that in mind, we assign tasks to individuals in a way that capitalizes on our talents and minimizes our weaknesses. We recognize that a well-balanced person makes the most effective employee. Encouraging our people to maintain proper balance between personal and professional lives is part of our core values. We believe it gives our clients an advantage in the courtroom, and our employees greater job satisfaction. Our hiring philosophy is simple: find the best people and make them so happy, they never want to leave.
We are currently seeking a full time legal secretary for our firm. Legal secretaries are the primary assistant to the attorneys they are assigned. Their role is to perform whatever tasks are necessary to help the attorney be most efficient and successful. Accordingly, this role needs to be largely customized to match the strengths and weaknesses of each attorney. However, the legal secretary is the person with primary responsibility for the accuracy of the attorneys' schedules; spelling, grammar, and format of all typed documents; and timely and accurate filing of file materials. All candidates must have at least an associates degree and two years of legal secretary experience working for a litigation attorney in the State of Michigan. Candidates should be well organized, detail oriented, professional, punctual and very comfortable with technology. The ideal candidate would also type over 70 wpm and have experience with insurance litigation.
Some people just go too far. Others go so far they have no choice but to watch everything fall apart while they stick to their guns. In our most recent trial victory, the insured was in that position. A fire occurred in April of 2009 in a small town in Northern Michigan. At the time of the fire the insured was at the end of her financial rope. She had no job, and no public assistance. Her most recent settlement on an insurance claim had completely run out. Her son and his 3 children just moved in - but couldn't pay rent. And the house had to be reconfigured to accommodate everyone living there. Then on a night when no one was home and the dogs were tied up out back (at 11:00 p.m. in a 40° rain) a fire broke out in a windowless room in the basement.
In April 2009, a tragic house fire in Kalamazoo appeared to be started from a child playing with matches. Sometimes, whether or not there is coverage, begins with a question as simple as “Did the homeowner live there?” And in this case, he did not.