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Bankruptcy

If you handle money, you may find yourself needing the advice of a bankruptcy attorney at some point in time. Unexpected changes of fortune happen to individuals and for a range of reasons, including market downswings, catastrophic health issues, bad investments, product failures, and other unforeseen events. Whatever the reasons for a difficult financial situation, the Law Office of Melissa M. Pearce, PLC can evaluate the situation and recommend a course of action.

New Bankruptcy Laws

Despite recent changes in the bankruptcy laws, bankruptcy is still a viable option for many individuals seeking debt relief. If you are subject to aggressive collection agency action, facing foreclosure or otherwise overwhelmed with debt, you may be a candidate for bankruptcy filing. Because the consequences of bankruptcy can be far-reaching, it is important for you to have all the facts before you decide to file.

Law Office of Melissa M. Pearce, PLC can help you evaluate your financial situation and determine whether any of the two primary types of bankruptcy for individuals – Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 – is appropriate.

Chapter 7

As an individual, you may file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy if you meet certain financial requirements. Chapter 7 allows an individual to keep certain assets and specifies that a trustee liquidate and distribute others to creditors, thereby discharging debts.

Chapter 13

Individuals and sole proprietors who need debt relief may file Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Chapter 13 generally allows the debtor to retain more assets than Chapter 7 and is considerably less expensive than Chapter 11. The debtor must propose and adhere to a court-approved repayment plan.

To find out whether bankruptcy is appropriate for you, complete our Evaluation Form and then make an appointment for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Criminal Law [Top]

If you have been charged with a crime, your freedom – even your life – may be at stake. You need to enlist experienced, trustworthy legal counsel who can guide you through the complexities of the law and aggressively advocate for your interests and rights.

A History of Success

Law Office of Melissa M. Pearce, PLC is committed to successfully defending southeast Michigan area clients against allegations such as

If you are facing any of these – or other criminal charges, contact us immediately. The sooner we begin our investigation, the more effectively we can defend your rights and the more able we are to prevent criminal prosecution.

Thorough Investigation

When prosecution is unavoidable, you can be confident that we will prepare thoroughly by investigating every aspect of your case and leveraging our relationships throughout the criminal justice system. We may recommend retaining trained investigators to uncover and document important evidence.

Keeping You Informed

Client communication and a trusting relationship are crucial to a successful defense. Therefore, from our first meeting and throughout the investigation and any subsequent court actions, you will be informed of every development in your case as it happens. We encourage you to contact us at any time with questions or concerns.

If you have been arrested, don’t wait – we can help! Call today for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Estate Law [Top]

Most people would rather not think about what will happen when they die. However, the ones that do think about it leave much more asset value and far fewer complications for their heirs. The Law Office of Melissa M. Pearce, PLC can help you navigate the complex and multi-faceted labyrinth of Estate Law, including estate planning and administration.

Estate Planning

At the end of your life, your assets will be distributed and taxed. Where they are distributed and how much they are taxed depends on having a well-thought out estate plan. The Law Office of Melissa M. Pearce, PLC will help you put a plan in place that will protect your financial assets by translating your wishes into legal directives, with minimal tax impact.

The first step in estate planning is to decide how you want your assets distributed. Whether you are married or single, with or without a family, it is important to avoid the lengthy, cumbersome and expensive probate process by ensuring that your assets are properly held and their disposition clearly spelled out in binding legal documents.

Because inheritance can be subject to a variety of Federal, state and income taxes, you need competent advice to preserve the value of your assets. Depending on your circumstances and wishes, this may involve gifts, trusts, powers of attorney and wills.

Finally, your estate plan needs to be a flexible document, something you can adapt as tax laws, investment opportunities and your own personal circumstances change.

Estate Administration

When a family is faced with the death of a loved one, the last thing they want is to deal with legal details. The Law Office of Melissa M. Pearce, PLC offers our clients estate administration, guiding families through the process and relieving them of the worry and confusion it can cause. This may include handling estate and gift tax matters, obtaining asset valuations, managing probate court filings and proceedings and other related activities.

Caring and Discrete Advisors

Estate Law involves more than just legalities and tax matters; it concerns people’s most personal issues, often when they are emotionally overwhelmed. At the Law Office of Melissa M. Pearce, PLC, we realize how sensitive these matters are and provide caring, confidential counsel for clients and their families.

Law Office of Melissa M. Pearce, PLC provides legal guidance in:

Protect your family’s future security – call today to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Family Law [Top]

When you need a family law attorney, Law Office of Melissa M. Pearce, PLC is here for you. Since 2009, we’ve been helping clients successfully address the legal issues that affect them most directly.

Family matters, which can be legally complex, are deeply personal and often emotionally charged. To make sound decisions about issues that can have life-long ramifications, you need support and understanding, in addition to expert counsel and assertive representation. You need legal counsel that understand that the best interests of the child is the tantamount consideration when divorcing with minor children in Michigan.

Competent, Compassionate Representation

At the Law Office of Melissa M. Pearce, PLC, we offer our clients astute legal advice in a compassionate, caring and professional manner that enables them to resolve difficult issues and move on with their lives. We provide experienced representation in:

Often a family legal situation does not end with an agreement or court order; as families grow and change, adjustments may need to be made to accommodate those changes. Therefore, our representation does not end at the negotiating table or in court. We stand beside you throughout the legal process.

A Trusted Advisor

In fact, at the Law Office of Melissa M. Pearce, PLC, our interest goes beyond the legal issues you may be facing today. Our history of cultivating lifelong – sometimes, multi-generational – relationships with our clients reflects our commitment to earning your trust. You can rely on us to provide wise legal counsel in all family matters over the long term.

Find out how our advocacy can support your life goals – contact us today for an initial, no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Firearms Law [Top]

The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution states that "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed." Additionally, the State of Michigan's Constitution in Article 1, Section 6 states "Every person has a right to keep and bear arms for the defense of himself and the state." However, these constitutional rights are not always observed or honored by local authorities throughout the state, even in southeast Michigan. If you find your civil rights have been violated for carrying a firearm, contact the Law Office of Melissa M. Pearce, PLC to discuss the possibility of filing a 42 USC 1983 case today.

The Law Office of Melissa M. Pearce, PLC can assist you in navigating your way through the Firearm Laws of Michigan as you apply for concealed pistol licenses and appeal local gun board denials to those applications. The Law Office of Melissa M. Pearce, PLC believes that every qualified person in the State of Michigan who wishes to obtain a concealed pistol license should not be denied that right.

Additionally, exercising the right to justifiably use a firearm for self-defense in a place where a person has a legal right to be can create legal issues, especially in the area of criminal law. This is an unfortunate circumstance that every law-abiding citizen may one day find himself in. Should you find yourself in this situation, it would be prudent and advisable to exercise your right to remain silent and contact the Law Office of Melissa M. Pearce, PLC any time, day or night.

Melissa M. Pearce is admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and the Eastern District Court of Michigan Federal Bar, which allows for representing or defending clients at both the state and federal level.