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Choosing a Lawyer
Do I need to hire a lawyer, or can I just file my own legal papers?
Michigan Law does not "require" that you have an attorney to file for divorce, child support or custody. However, the Michigan laws governing family law are
are extremely complex. Additionally, there are hundreds of Court Rules that govern the forms, filing & procedures that must be followed in County Courts. So, it is very easy to make a mistake or miss an important step when you represent yourself in a family law
matter, leading to very unfavorable results.
Since family law matters deal with what is most important to you (your children, your home and your financial security) a great deal can be lost if you make a mistake when representing yourself. Lawyers go to college for many years to learn what laws apply and how to use them to protect their clients. Experienced lawyers also have established relationships with judges
and court personnel that enable them to
achieve the best results for you.
Investing in an experienced lawyer usually "pays for itself" many times over, by getting you the best settlement in child support, or spousal support, or property division.
For example, if you have an 8 year old child and your lawyer gets you $40 more
per week in child support, you will obtain an extra $20,800 by the time the
child is 18!
Can I get "Free Legal Aid" or pro bono
services for my family law matter?
Free Legal Aid is only available to individuals who are "indigent"
(below the poverty level), and there is generally a very long waiting list for
free services (often 6 months to a year, or longer). When considering using Legal Aid you
should also understand that your case will usually be handled a law student
with very little experience.
If you are facing a legal matter that can result in life-changing decisions
about your children, your home and your financial security only a skilled and experienced lawyer
can obtain the best possible results for you.
What should I look for in a family law attorney?
She should be specialized in family law. (Many attorneys practice in several areas of law.)
Starla Zehr's practice is solely devoted to family law. She has handled hundreds of family law cases.
She should be very familiar with the judges that are currently handling family cases in your
Starla Zehr has appeared many times before all of the Oakland County Circuit Court family law judges.
Select a lawyer who will be exclusively handling your case.
Make sure he or she will not be "shuffling off" your case to someone else.
Starla Zehr handles all of her own cases from beginning to end.
Your attorney should have no grievances and no
disciplinary actions with the State Bar Association.
Starla Zehr has a perfect record with the State Bar of Michigan.
Don't select an attorney only by "cheapest price".
(You will always "get what you pay for.")
Starla Zehr is reasonably
and fairly priced, to ensure you get qualified counsel and not "cut-rate" service.
Find a lawyer who listens carefully to your concerns & cares about getting the best results for you.
Starla Zehr cares deeply about her clients and fights aggressively for their rights.
Do not be influenced by a spouse who criticizes your choice of lawyer.
(If your spouse criticizes
your lawyer, remember they are the "opposing party" and
they may be trying to destroy your confidence.)
Attorney Starla Zehr meets all of these important criteria. If you have an Oakland County, Michigan family law matter, call Ms. Zehr to discuss your situation.
She has used her legal skill and experience to help hundreds of clients. She can
help you, too.
content of this website is provided as general information only, and
is not intended to be specific legal advice, nor does it create an
actual or implied attorney-client relationship. The laws governing
divorce and family law matters are complex and are different in each
State. This information is based upon the laws of Michigan in effect
at the time of publication. However, laws can and do frequently
change. Legal information that you find on the internet may be
incorrect or outdated, or may not apply in Michigan. Only an
experienced family law attorney in your state can explain how the
law applies to your circumstances. If you would like to know how
Michigan law applies to your situation, please call us for a free
and confidential telephone consultation.
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