A Trusted Plymouth and Ann Arbor, MI Law Firm Focused on Helping You Through Divorce, Criminal Defense & Estate Planning
Charged With A Crime in Michigan? We Can Help.
When you are facing criminal charges, no matter how seemingly minor, it is important to quickly secure effective legal representation. As a client of Aldrich Legal Services, you will benefit from working with lawyers who have defended more than 1,000 clients facing criminal charges.
From our office in Plymouth and Ann Arbor, MI, for courts in Wayne, Washtenaw and Oakland counties, our criminal law attorneys aggressively represent clients facing a wide range of misdemeanor charges, such as:
- OWI (DUI / DWI)
- Minor in Possession
- Traffic Infractions
- Assault and Domestic Violence
- Marijuana Possession
- Shoplifting and Theft
- Misdemeanor Drug Charges
- Destruction of Property
- Indecent Exposure
- Probation Violations
Don't hesitate to secure professional representation when charged with a crime. We will provide you with the strong advocate you need when your rights, your freedom, and your record are on the line.
Providing Skilled Legal Assistance for MI Divorces.
Were you just served with divorce papers? Do you believe that divorce is the only option left for your marriage? In order to protect your parental and financial rights, it is important to have an experienced and understanding divorce attorney by your side at every step of the way.
At the Plymouth and Ann Arbor law firm of Aldrich Legal Services, our attorneys have the skill and experience you need to address all family law issues that may arise during your divorce, including:
- Property Division
- Visitation Rights
- Child Custody
- Child and Spousal Support
- Parenting Time
Our family law practice is headed by Brad Aldrich, a knowledgeable divorce lawyer with more than 20 years of legal experience. He was born and raised in the area and has a strong knowledge of local courts and procedures. Our focus is on resolving your dispute as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible, while fully safeguarding your rights. If your divorce is not resolved before trial, we have the courtroom skills and experience to help you obtain the best possible outcome.
Estate lawyer for Oakland County, Washtenaw County, and Wayne Counties
Probating of an estate is where an individual has deceased and their heirs or beneficiary seeks to have their estate probated in the probate court which is in the county where the deceased person resided. You will be asking the probate judge to determine where the assets of the estate need to go. Why does a judge need to determine the destination of assets? A deceased person can no longer sign off on a deed to a piece of real estate or they can no longer transfer assets out of a bank account, etc. The probate judge can sign orders to make sure that the transfers of assets are correct and legal. What else does the probate judge determine? The probate judge also determines who gets the assets of an estate in case there is some type of controversy over heirs or beneficiaries. Estate Planning is where an individual or couple would want to put forth certain documents to be in place upon their death or disability.
Three main components of Estate Planning in Michigan to know:
Wills: A will is a legal document set forth where one's assets are going to be distributed upon their death. You can also set out funeral arrangements such as if you want to be cremated or buried. Conservator of minor children in the event you’re are a surviving spouse and are not always around for this responsibility.
Trusts: A trust is a separate legal entity that you create. You transfer assets into the name of the trust. Then that trust survives beyond your death. There would be a successor trustee which steps in and is able to take control over the assets of that trust and make sure that the wishes of the person that created the trust are upheld such as making sure minor children are taken care of and making sure assets get to where they need to be. A trust can be used often to avoid probate court.
Powers of Attorney: Legal documents that set forth a third party who has control over certain parts of your life in the event that you are disabled or in a coma or some other type of disability that makes you unable to make decisions for yourself. This is where the third party would be given the power to make medical or financial decisions on your behalf. One may also seek to have Guardianship or Conservatorship placed over another individual. You would file suit in probate court and have a probate judge determine whether an elderly family member, or minor, or someone that's legally incompetent, you have a judge decide if it's appropriate for a guardian or conservatorship over that individual.