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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.

The Law Office of Melissa M. Pearce can assist you in navigating your way through the Firearm Laws of Michigan as you apply for a concealed pistol license. The Law Office of Melissa M. Pearce believes that every qualified person in the State of Michigan who wishes to obtain a concealed pistol license should not be denied that right.

When you are facing criminal charges of any kind, you need an attorney who understands the implication to your right to carry. Do you know some civil infractions or misdemeanors result in the suspension or revocation of your Concealed Pistol License? The Law Office of Melissa M. Pearce considers the collateral consequence to any criminal plea on your right to carry a firearm and the consequence on your Concealed Pistol License.

Additionally, exercising the right to justifiably use a firearm for self-defense 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 an attorney and contact the Law Office of Melissa M. Pearce at (248) 676-8976 any time, day or night.

Family Law [Top]

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

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 understands that the best interest of the child is the paramount consideration when divorcing with minor children in Michigan. You need an attorney that understands that children are not property and how divorce can affect a child.

Competent, Compassionate Representation

At the Law Office of Melissa M. Pearce, we offer our clients compassionate, caring and professional representation 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 a settlement agreement or final judgment of divorce. Families grow and change, adjustments may need to be made to accommodate those changes. Therefore, our representation can continue beyond the divorce. We are ready to stand beside you throughout the post-divorce process.

A Trusted Advisor

In fact, at the Law Office of Melissa M. Pearce, 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 long-term legal counsel in your family law matters.

Find out how our team can support your life goals – contact us at (248) 676-8976 today for your initial consultation.

Estate Planning with Firearms [Top]

The right to self-defense is a fundamental right preserved in our Constitution both at the federal and state levels. However, leaving a firearm to a loved one is not an easy process. When you own firearms, estate planning is not a cookie cutter process. The transfer of firearms upon your death is not as easy as simply boxing up the firearm and sending it off to Cousin Joe through the mail. A proper estate plan with firearms will provide detail instructions to your Successor Trustees and Personal Representatives on the proper methods to transfer firearms, so they do not inadvertently break the law.

You need an attorney with the experience in firearm law and estate planning to draft the documents that not only carries out your wishes, but protects those you love from accidentally breaking the law.

Gun Trusts

The Law Office of Melissa M. Pearce is dedicated to helping its clients understand the legal nuances in leaving firearms to loved ones across the United States. We counsel our clients in selecting the right gun trust to accomplish the legacy planning, which includes leaving the firearms to the right family members. We counsel our clients on how to obtain a National Firearms Act (NFA) firearm without inadvertently creating an "accidental felon" out of their loved ones and how to transfer those firearms upon death.

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

Not only does Melissa advise our clients in developing the right gun trust, she has worked with the Institute of Continuing Legal Education to educate attorneys on how to properly draft a gun trust. Today, attorneys across the state still call Melissa and use her assistance on drafting gun trusts and how to transfer firearms after a death.

Protect your family's future security – call (248) 676-8976 today to schedule your initial 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. You need an attorney, who is willing to meet you at the jail before arraignment and start strategizing how to win you an acquittal.

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 criminal charges, contact us immediately at (248) 676-8976. The sooner we begin our investigation, the more effectively we can defend your rights and the more we are able to prepare for a 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 retain trained investigators to uncover and document important evidence in your case. We may recommend hiring experts to join the team and fight for your innocence and freedom.

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 (248) 676-8976 today to schedule your consultation.