The Grand Rapids area has a paper published called the "Legal News". This has a variety of key sections that can be very helpful or embarrassing if you do not know it is going to be published. The "legal News" is a subscription paper like all the others or can be purchased at the local news stand. Here is a brief description of what you can find on a weekly basis.
- Bankruptcies, are listed by name and how much they are owe
- Lawsuits, listing the plaintiff and defendants names
- Fictitious name filings
- Divorce petitions or filings and who along with decrees
- Foreclosures who and how much, which lender
- Mortgage information and how much
- Corporate information
- Marriage license filings
- Name Changes
- Federal Tax Liens
- State Tax Liens
- Michigan Unemployment taxes, not paid
The list goes on. Many times the law requires information be published and this is one of the places it will be published. So if you think your business is private think again. Anything that is registered is public information. Recently some friends of our were having hard times financially with him losing his job. He has been off work for months and finally found another job. They filed bankruptcy, I did not know and they never mentioned to us. I am sure it is very embarrassing, sensitive and private so I never mentioned that I knew...I saw it in the Legal News.
I just seen yesterday that some former neighbors daughter is getting married. I'll send a card, again I saw it in the Legal News. The former company I owned just received a loan, in the Legal News. One of my clients has filed for Divorce, saw it in the Legal News.
Public records are available for anyone who wants to look and pay for a copy of the record. You information is available. Many do not know it is being published. I thought you may want to know of this publication. These publications are available in most cities.