Matt focuses on planning for individuals and businesses. Whether Matt is working with clients to form an estate plan, establish a new business entity, or structure a business or real estate transaction, Matt’s goal is to anticipate his clients’ needs and concerns and plan accordingly. If a dispute is unavoidable, Matt uses his experience in a variety of resolution methods to bring the conflict to a conclusion.

Matt also represents and advises several municipal entities on issues relating to the operation of local government.

Matt was raised in Monroe County and lives with his family in Newport. Matt enjoys involvement in the Monroe community through his participation with the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, and Community Foundation.


 

Municipal Law

  • Matt represents several municipal entities in Monroe and Lenawee Counties, including municipal governments, authorities and commissions. Matt provides ongoing legal services to these organizations and also provides representation to others on an as-needed basis.  Matt has also assisted several entities involved in economic development in Southeastern Michigan.  Matt’s representation in this area of the law includes responses to Freedom of Information requests, compliance with Open Meeting Act requirements, contracting and agreements, and litigation and administrative proceedings relating to land use, blight, nuisances, and claims against municipalities.

Estate Planning

  • Whether it be straightforward planning with wills or complex trusts, Matt works with clients in the critical, yet frequently uncomfortable, process of planning for life, death, and the ultimate distribution of assets. Matt frequently discusses the probate process and the use of non-probate transfers to reduce the need for probate court involvement following death.  Matt also counsels clients on formally describing wishes concerning health care decisions, financial control, and transfer of wealth to intended beneficiaries.

Probate and Trust Administration and Litigation

  • Matt assists in the handling of an individual’s affairs following death whether through the probate court administration or through assistance to the appointed trustee.  Matt’s involvement ranges from legal guidance to managing all aspects of the administration.  Matt has taken primary responsibility for the administration of estates, including:  winding down of an individual’s business, sale of business and residential real estate and personal property, handling of creditor’s claims, and distribution of assets to family members. 
  • Matt practices before probate courts and has represented both fiduciaries and beneficiaries involved in litigation concerning capacity, undue influence, and appropriate distribution under wills and trust agreements.

Business Formation, Transactions, and Dispute Resolution

  • Matt has advised business owners on the formation, governance and operation of their business entities.  Matt assists businesses with succession planning and a variety of commercial transactions including asset and stock sales and residential and commercial real estate transactions.  When disputes develop, Matt represents clients in a variety of proceedings.  Matt has participated in mediation of disputes regarding control and management of the business, litigation concerning a failed purchase of the ownership of an industrial facility, and arbitration of claims of non-performance under contracts.

Real Estate

  • Matt guides clients in the purchase and sale of commercial, agricultural, and residential real estate.  Matt also assists with commercial and residential leasing, landlord-tenant issues, and financing transactions.

Finance and Creditors’ Rights

  • Matt represents businesses and financial institutions in connection with financing transactions, including real estate and asset purchases and refinancing of existing obligations.  Matt also counsels clients regarding creditors’ rights, perfection and priority of security interests, collection, and responses to bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings.

USDA/FSA Program Disqualification

Issues

RCO Law’s farming clients experienced USDA/FSA (“FSA”) program disqualifications as a result of administrative errors, the actions of third-parties, or failure to respond to notices from the FSA office.

Our Approach

Based on our experience in agricultural matters and our dispute resolution skills, our clients looked to RCO Law to assist in resolving the issues. While not widely known, certain farm program violations can result in the disqualification of farming entities and all owners or affiliates from receipt of FSA payments.

Results

Whether it took informal resolution with the County office officials, request to the State Committee, appeal to the National Appeals Division, or resolution with the State Conservationist, RCO Law was able to formulate an appropriate strategy and successfully ensure that our clients remained qualified for FSA programs.  Although there can be a large volume of mail received from the FSA, these mailings frequently contain formal determinations and strict deadlines for action.  If not promptly and properly responded to, opportunities for response and resolution can be lost.  It remains critically important that farmers closely examine all mail received from the FSA concerning farm programs.  If there are any issues or concerns raised by mail concerning these programs, RCO Law remains ready to assist.

Contact Matt

Offices Monroe, Michigan and Tecumseh, Michigan 
Email mbudds@rcolaw.com
P 734-457-1092
  • Get to know Matt 

    I was raised in Monroe County. As the son of an attorney, I witnessed first-hand the trials and tribulations of life in a law office from a young age. Although my dad encouraged me to fully explore all educational and professional fields, I made the decision to join my father’s profession. While pursuing my studies, I gained additional practical experience by working at courts in Monroe and Wayne counties and a law firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan. During my time at the University of Michigan, I served as the Sports Director of WCBN 88.3.

    I now live in Newport with my wife, son, and two dachshunds. My family and I enjoy watching and attending sporting events. I am anxiously awaiting the Detroit Lions first Super Bowl appearance and proudly wear my alma mater’s maize and blue. I try to avoid letting too many strokes spoil an occasional walk at the golf course.

 

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