Livingston County Attorney
Howell, Brighton Criminal and Family Lawyers
We have been representing clients in Livingston County for over 30 years and have built our reputation by providing straightforward and honest advice to our clients. Our goal is to provide a legal plan that is cost-effective and is based on realistic expectations, not expensive wishful thinking with false expectations. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day. Call us for a free phone or in person consultation.
Family Law Areas
Who will take care of the children? Where will they live and who will be financially responsible for them? These are some of the core issues of divorcing parents, but they are also important issues for parents who have separated and who are already divorced as well as for those who were never married.
A marriage is a legal arrangement as well as a personal bond between two people. The end of a marriage is often a highly-charged emotional time during which it can be extremely difficult to make well-reasoned decisions about your children, your finances, and your future.
The ideal of a child being raised by two loving, supportive parents is not the reality for many children. While many children are raised from broken or split homes, other children are raised by someone other than a parent, such as a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or other family member.
Paternity can be a particularly heated topic for mothers, fathers, and entire families. Determining parentage is an important legal step for many reasons, from paying child support and hospital bills to deciding child custody.
When agreements for spousal support, child custody, and child support are established, they are not written in stone in less you waived your right to modifiable alimony. Michigan family law recognizes that people’s circumstances do change.
Who gets the house? Who gets the car? Who gets the credit card debt? Marital property division is one of the most complex and contentious areas of divorce law. We help clients achieve an accurate and complete division of marital assets and marital debt.
Raising a child in two separate homes is challenging, especially during the time when the child is with the other parent. When one parent chooses to relocate to another state with the child, this places significant anxiety and strain on the other parent regarding continuation of parenting time and maintaining a special relationship with the child over such distance.
Aside from the emotional toll of a divorce, many individuals find themselves facing financial difficulties after the breakup of a marriage. Spousal support, also known as alimony, is intended to provide the receiving spouse with enough money to maintain a lifestyle similar to that enjoyed during the marriage.
A revocable living trust is an valuable estate planning tool that you can use to determine who will get your assets when you die and the experienced attorneys at Bain & Bain Law can help you develop a customized revocable living trust for you.
Criminal Law Areas
It can happen to anyone. One too many drinks at dinner and you can be picked up for drinking and driving on the way home. The penalties for operating a vehicle while intoxicated are severe, including stiff fines, loss of your license, and jail time.
It’s wise to take every traffic citation seriously. Too many tickets can result in a suspended license, revoked license, increased insurance rates, heavy fines, and even jail time. Truckers and others who hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) may lose their ability to work and earn a living if they have too many traffic tickets.
No matter what the amount – A $5 bottle of shampoo or a $250 iPod – the penalties for retail fraud and shoplifting are the same the first time around: heavy fines, jail time, and civil restitution.
Domestic violence is a serious charge with serious consequences. Any individual accused of this crime should consult an experienced attorney to ensure his or her rights are protected.
Potential penalties for a drug crime conviction can range from probation, fines, and treatment programs to extended prison sentences. Many factors are considered, including the type and amount of drug involved, and whether you have any prior drug convictions on your record.
Criminal charges against minors should be taken seriously — by the young adult being charged as well as by his or her parents or guardians. Without proper criminal defense representation, a simple misunderstanding or a juvenile mistake can escalate and create significant problems in the future.
Restoring your revoked license or suspended license may seem like a simple matter that you can handle on your own. That is what many of our clients believed. They represented themselves at the Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD) hearing, were denied, and were then told that they could not reapply for their driver’s license for another year.
At Bain & Bain, PC, our clients are people just like you — good people who have found themselves in a bad situation. We are dedicated to defending the rights of the accused and protecting our clients’ current and future best interests.
The law firm of Bain and Bain has extensive knowledge and is dedicated to giving individual and business clients throughout Michigan aggressive, experience representation in locating debtors, enforcing judgments and ultimately collecting money they are owed from businesses and consumers.