Collaborative Divorce - The collaborative process enables people to achieve a settlement in their best interests through their self determination. Participants are guided and supported by trained and experienced lawyers, mental health professionals, and financial advisers working together to achieve the best outcome for families. The process allows participants to address factors important to them, which are often are neglected or harmed in the traditional adversarial process. Once a settlement is reached, the divorce lawsuit is filed and the judgment is entered.
Although divorce is never easy, the collaborative process is designed to provide the greatest ease to a parting or parted couple.The holistic non-adversarial approach fosters dignity and allows people to have better relations going forward since it avoids the divisiveness of the adversarial process, which is particularly helpful where the parties have minor or adult children and will have contact in the future.
The process can be used in matters beyond divorce and can be used post-judgment.
General Practice– A variety of matters in which we are experienced can be considered general practice areas. Advising on the law as well as the rights and obligations in different life situations and as set forth in agreements are considered general practice.
We have experience in drafting, reviewing, negotiating, and/or advising upon a variety of legal documents including - affidavits,deeds,wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives a/k/a living wills, leases, land contracts, mortgages, personal guarantees, post and pre-nuptial agreements, non-compete agreements, employment separation agreements, promissory notes, purchase agreements, corporate formation, LLC’s, and operating agreements.
We can represent you in real estate closings, civil infractions, traffic tickets, trademark, employment, real estate closings, trademark applications,dealing with branches of government such as unemployment, worker's compensation and fair labor standards, name changes, legal research, deeds, landlord/tenant, traffic tickets, civil infractions,
Domestic Relations or Family Law– This area of the law includes divorce, separate maintenance, alimony/spousal support, child support, parenting time, paternity, custody, property settlement, pre-nuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements and annulment.
When a person is in need of assistance in this area of their lives, they need someone that they can depend upon to be compassionate and supportive with a solid knowledge of the law and circumstances.
This law firm does not handle matters involving domestic violence or abuse. However, we are happy to refer you to competent attorneys who handle those matters.
Estate Planning – Whether you have few assets or many assets you are likely in need of estate planning to ensure that you are protected in the event of your disability and to ensure that your property is distributed to the persons or charities you desire with the proper person to be in charge of affairs on your behalf when you are no longer available to handle matters on your own. Powers of Attorney for Financial and General matters, Powers of Attorney for Health Care direction, HIPAA releases, Revocable Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, Ladybird deeds, and Wills are some of the documents that help to protect you and your loved ones.
We have a passion for making people’s lives more manageable. Assisting clients in putting their long term desires into writing so that their legacy can come into being and so that they can rest assured that they, their loved ones and their favorite charities are being taken care of is one of the most gratifying areas of our practice.
Although our office is in Rochester Hills, we recognize that when you need a will and trust or other services such as a collaborative divorce or divorce mediation that you do not want to travel. At Fordree Law Firm, P.C. we are willing to meet with you where it is convienient .
Probate– In the event that a person dies with property that is not jointly held and that does not have a beneficiary designation probate of the decedent’s estate through a case in Probate Court will be necessary in order to transfer that property. In the event that a person is not capable of handling their own affairs and does not have appropriate and necessary estate planning documents in place, a Guardianship or Conservatorship may be filed in Probate court for the county in which the person resides. This may be because the person is a minor or is otherwise incapacitated or unable to handle their affairs. Probate court causes delay in administration and can be avoided for minors, yourself, and other loved ones with appropriate estate planning.
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