INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY SERVICES

FAMILY LAW

Whether you and your family are in need of a will, find yourselves in a dispute with your neighbor over property boundaries, or need legal advice regarding any number of matters, Swiderski & Ward P.C. can help provide you with comprehensive legal services to successfully handle all your legal matters. If you are not sure whether you could use legal help, our initial consultation is always free, so feel free to give us a call to determine whether Swiderski & Ward PC. can put your mind more at ease. After the initial consultiation, we will strive to provide affordable, high-quality legal advice.

ESTATE PLANNING/PROBATE

ADDITIONAL LEGAL SERVICES

Divorces are one of the most difficult and trying times in life. We can help you navigate this complicated, emotional time with compassion and understanding. Along with divorce, Swiderski & Ward P.C. can assist you with all aspects of family law. These services include:

  • Divorce
  • Parenting Time
  • Property Division
  • Pre- & Postnuptial Agreements
  • Post-Judgment Agreements
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Grandparent Visitation
  • Paternity
  • Abuse & Neglect

In decades past, estate planning consisted of executing a will or administering the estate of a decedent through probate. Today, estate planning still encompasses those aspects of wills and estates; however, it also includes a wide range of vehicles through which property can pass and provisions ensuring your loved ones are provided for in the event of a death.

Listed below are some of the documents that are commonly used in estate planning:

  • Will
  • Trust
    • Living Trust
    • Discretionary Trust for Elderly or Disabled Persons
  • Power of Attorney
  • Guardianship of Minor Children

Frequently, the need for an attorney in the estate planning process does not end upon the execution of the estate documents. Upon a death, wills and certain assets will need to be probated in court. At Swiderski & Ward P.C., we can help you administer a decedent's estate, as well as handle will contests and claims against the estate. When necessary, we also represent clients in guardianship and conservatorship matters.

The services listed above are not a complete list of all the services we offer. If you have a case that does not seem to fall under any of the listed categories, give us a call at (269) 278-3333 or send us an email at info@lawswb.com. We will do everything in our power to provide you with the legal representation you deserve, or, if we cannot help you, we can help point you in the right direction.

CRIMINAL MATTERS

Along with divorce and other family matters, criminal law is one of the most terrifying and emotional areas of law for all parties involved. Regardless of whether you committed the crime with which you have been charged or whether you have a legal defense to such a crime, Swiderski, Ward & Burns will zealously represent you in every stage of a criminal case to ensure each and every one of your rights has been protected, from arrest through to sentencing or dismissal. The vast majority of cases, especially criminal cases, never reach a trial. But if you believe a trial is necessary to protect your rights, Swiderski & Ward P.C. has experience with both bench (judge only) and jury trials.

Depending on whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, your life may be significantly affected after criminal charges have been filed. In addition to vigorously protecting your constitutional and statutory rights, at Swiderski & Ward P.C., we can help you understand all the potential consequences ? legal, financial, and personal ? arising from potential plea deals or sentencing.

CRIMINAL MATTERS—DUI/OWI & OWVI

Some of the most commonly-charged offenses in Michigan are OWI (operating while intoxicated), OWVI (operating while visibly impaired). An OWI is the legal term for a DUI. Furthermore, since 2010, the State of Michigan has imposed additional penalties under its "Super Drunk" Law when an individual has a BAC (blood alcohol content) of ) .17 or higher. Both the district courts and the Secretary of State have independent authority to suspect or restrict drivers' licenses. It can be complicated to navigate each of these systems; let Swiderski & Ward P.C. help you ensure you keep track of all of the important details and consequences.

A related charge to the OWI is the refusal to submit a preliminary breath test (PBT). If you do not act quickly after such an arrest, your license will automatically by suspended by the Secretary of State unless you submit, in writing, a request for an implied consent administrative hearing. While you cannot challenge most details of your arrest at the implied consent hearing, there are additional avenues that can be pursued if losing your license for one or more years would cause undue hardship. While undue hardship cannot be shown in every case, Swiderski & Ward P.C. can help inform you of all your options and the consequences that will potentially follow.

BANKRUPTCY

REAL PROPERTY/REAL ESTATE

LANDLORD/TENANT MATTERS

Even though the country as a whole may by gradually recovering from the recent economic recession, many families and individuals have not yet felt any relief as they are still struggling financially. For those individuals and families, bankruptcy may by an option to help you get back on your feet and on the path to financial stability. To determine whether bankruptcy is a smart choice for you or your family, call Swiderski & Ward P.C. to speak with one of our bankruptcy attorneys.

Whether you are a first-time buyer or a seasoned pro purchasing your fifth home over the course of a fruitful life, Swiderski & Ward P.C. offers a range of services designed to help our clients in purchasing, financing, and selling real estate interests. Some of our services include the preparation or review of various property documents: deeds, mortgages, land contracts, and buy/sell agreements.

The vast majority of us, at one point or another in our lives, have rented or subleased an apartment or house, whether we were college students enjoying our newly-found freedom, newlyweds embarking on a joint new adventure, or wise adults seeking a community of kindred spirits. In many instances, the landlord-tenant relationship is civil and uneventful. However, there are times when that relationship becomes unsustainable. Whether you are a landlord desiring to evict a tenant for breaking provisions of their lease or you are a tenant whose rights have been violated by your landlord, Swiderski & Ward P.C. can assist you in determining your legal rights and, if necessary, ensuring your rights are upheld in a court of law.