Criminal Law

When you face criminal charges, you need a law firm with the experience and competence to help with your specific case. Trust The Maul Law Group to provide you with comprehensive legal representation. Our attorneys in West Michigan have the knowledge and resources to help you navigate through the complicated legal system. We give only honest and thorough counsel so that you can make the right decisions under difficult circumstances. Whether you’re up against steep fines or jail time, our law firm fights to protect your rights to the fullest extent.

If your freedom is on the line, you can’t afford to take chances. Our attorneys can represent clients facing misdemeanor and felony charges. Let our courtroom-tested counselors stand up for your rights. We’re the advocate you can count on to guide you through your ordeal.

Are You Facing Criminal Charges?

However minor or major your charges may be, we provide your case with the individual attention it needs. When it comes to the courtroom outcome in criminal cases, having the right legal representation often makes all of the difference. Schedule a consultation with our firm if you’re facing any of the following charges:

  • Assault & Battery
  • Operating While Intoxicated
  • Retail Fraud
  • Suspended Licenses
  • Burglary
  • Marijuana and Other Drug Offenses
  • Weapons Possession
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Homicide

Recent Successes for Clients Facing Criminal Charges

  • Verdict of “Not Guilty” in a jury trial on a Domestic Violence, 2nd Offense, charge.
  • Verdict of “Not Guilty” in a bench trial on an Assault and Battery charge.
  • Multiple dismissals on Domestic Violence charges.
  • Plea to simple Use of Marijuana for client who was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Driving with a Suspended License, and a civil infraction; client received fines and costs despite previously serving jail time for unrelated prior offense.
  • Charges dismissed for Assault and Battery charge in a four-person fight, each of the other three pled guilty to criminal charges.
  • Plea to disorderly conduct on a Domestic Violence charge on day of trial after prosecution initially declined to offer the lesser charge.
  • Charges dismissed on a 15-month-long Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer case after picking the jury.
  • Charges dismissed, pursuant to Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, for Urinating in Public.
  • Charges dismissed, pursuant to the Kent County Diversion program, for Retail Fraud, 2nd Degree.
  • Plea under advisement and eventual dismissal for a Retail Fraud, 2nd Degree, charge.

Contact us to schedule a consultation with our experienced lawyers. We proudly represent clients throughout West Michigan.

Child Custody Law in Grand Rapids, MI

Legal issues involving a child and parenting time can be complex and emotionally charged. At this difficult time for your family, you need the help of an attorney you can trust to handle your case with the utmost compassion, skill and professionalism.

Here to Help

The Maul Law Group, PLLC’s satisfaction comes from helping those in need of advocacy, information or advice. The Maul Law Group, PLLC is committed to improving the lives of children and their families through skillful and assertive legal representation. The Maul Law Group, PLLC pushes hard for efficient, positive outcomes while doing everything possible to reach a resolution smoothly and efficiently.

The Maul Law Group, PLLC understands that this is a challenging time and believes that you deserve attentive, individualized service – and that’s exactly what you can expect when you work with The Maul Law Group, PLLC, from your initial consultation to the resolution of your case. It’s time to get help from an attorney you can trust to work hard for your family. Contact a professional at The Maul Law Group, PLLC today for more information.

Debt Law Attorney in Grand Rapids, MI

According to the law, consumers have rights that protect them from illegal debt collection practices. If a creditor violates your rights by engaging in illegal debt collection tactics, it is considered creditor harassment, and the creditor can face significant legal consequences.

You’re Not Alone

If you’ve been dealing with a creditor that is harassing you to collect debt, you may feel scared, hopeless, and unsure of what you can do to put an end to the maltreatment. When a creditor calls you at work, makes phone calls to your family members, verbally insults you, or threatens to take certain types of legal action against you, it’s time to consult with a debt collection lawyer like The Maul Law Group, PLLC.

The Maul Law Group, PLLC can advocate for you when you are too frightened to deal with your creditors on your own. Once engaged, The Maul Law Group, PLLC can intervene on your behalf. If your creditors continue to unlawfully harass you, The Maul Law Group, PLLC can take legal measures to put an end to their abuse and report their illegal behaviors.

Help is Available

If you’ve been a victim of illegal debt collection practices, you do not have to suffer alone. Call today to schedule a consultation.

Probate Law

Plan for the Future with Our Probate Estate Administration

Call our law office when you need to consult with an attorney to facilitate your probate administration. The Maul Law Group, PLLC is the law firm you can trust to guarantee that the future of your estate is handled professionally, competently, and according to your wishes. Our probate attorneys in Grand Rapids, MI, have the experience and knowledge to manage your assets and resolve any outstanding legal disputes.

It’s not too early to make arrangements for the future of your estate. Making end-of-life plans is the practical way to ensure that your final wishes are honored. Additionally, having a secure plan protects loved ones from the stress of administering your property and other assets. As your probate lawyers, we reduce stress, save time, and safeguard your demands.

Comprehensive Probate Administration Law Firm

Schedule a consultation at our law firm to review the administration of your estate. Our probate estate administration services involve a comprehensive approach to asset distribution. Our areas of expertise include:

  • Making an Inventory of Assets
  • Distributing Remaining Assets on Behalf of the Decedent
  • Preparing and Filing the Necessary Paper Work
  • Mediating Disputes over Assets between Beneficiaries
  • Validating the Will
  • Settling Outstanding Debts
  • Paying Taxes

We have successfully administered numerous estate and probate cases for our clients over the years. Let us take care of your probate needs so you can enjoy the peace of mind that our legal services permit.

Contact us today to speak with an experienced probate attorney. We serve clients in Grand Rapids, MI.

Small Business Law in Grand Rapids, MI

Our primary client group and specialty is small, closely-held businesses or regional segments of larger businesses.  We have the experience, staff, and interest in assisting your business interests grow in Kent and Allaghen counties.

We also have the ability to take portions of legal needs for large corporations such as collections or contract revisions, particularly for regional offices.

Please let us know how we can help your business navigate the legal waters so you can stop worrying about legal issues, and focus on what your expertise is – the growth of your business!

Disability Law in Kalamazoo & Surrounding Areas

Disability law is largely regulated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. This Act prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, housing, education, and access to public services.

The ADA defines a disability as any of the following:

  1. “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of the individual.”
  2. “a record of such impairment.” or
  3. “being regarded as having such an impairment.”

The ADA further requires that reasonable accommodation be made so as to provide individuals with disabilities equal opportunities. Agencies and departments charged with enforcement of the ADA include the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Justice.

Other statutes prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities include the Fair Housing Act, Rehabilitation Act, Air Carrier Access Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Under the Fair Housing Act, it is unlawful to discriminate in any aspect of selling, renting, or denying housing because of an individual’s disability. Owners are further required to make reasonable exceptions in their housing policies so as to afford equal housing opportunities to those with disabilities.

The Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs conducted by Federal agencies, in programs recieving Federal financial assistance, in Federal employment, and in the employment practices of Federal contractors. Its standards mirror those of the ADA.

Under the Air Carrier Access Act, air carriers are prohibited from discrimination against qualified individuals with physical and/or mental impairments.

Finally, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requires public schools to make available to all eligible children with disabilities a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment according to their needs.

Real Estate & Property Law

The term real estate generally refers to ownership or use of land. Real estate law is a branch of civil law that covers the right to possess, use, and enjoy land and the permanent man-made additions attached to it. Real estate law directly or indirectly impacts most of us on a daily basis, affecting homeowners, renters, landlords, home buyers and home sellers.

Real Property & Personal Property

There are generally two types of property: real property and personal property. Most of the legal concepts and rules associated with both types of property are derived from British common law. Back then, “real property,” often shortened to just property, generally referred to land and fixtures upon land. In modern times, real estate has become an American umbrella term for buying, selling, renting and using land.

Real Estate Sales & Purchases

A real estate agreement between a buyer and seller of real estate is governed by general principles of contract law and individual state laws. The sale or transfer of real property is almost always required to be in writing. It is often required in real estate contracts that the title to the property sold be “marketable.” An attorney or a title insurance company is frequently employed to investigate a title’s legal marketability.

Landlord / Tenant and Land Use Laws

In addition to the purchase or sale of lands, states typically regulate the renting or leasing of property for residential or commercial purposes. Such laws cover a range of practices, such as how security deposits are handled, evictions, and more.

Contact us to find out what you need to know about renter’s rights, finding the right mortgage, home equity loans, foreclosure, and a host of other real estate issues.

Western Michigan Mediation Services

People facing the prospect of litigation often wonder if their case is appropriate for mediation. Nearly any type of case can be mediated, but the best cases are those in which the parties are unlikely to reach a settlement agreement on their own. After all, if the parties and their attorneys are capable of reaching a settlement, there is no reason to pay a mediator to get involved. Conversely, if for some reason there is absolutely no possibility of a settlement, the parties may want to focus on preparing for trial instead. This is especially true since mediation may take away the element of surprise by disclosing a party’s best trial arguments in advance.

However, when settlement is at least a remote possibility, mediation can bring the parties together and get the deal done. Common types of lawsuits that end up in mediation include breach of contract disputes, injury and tort cases, wrongful termination claims, family law matters, and more. Cases that are not appropriate for mediation include DUI and criminal charges, bankruptcy, deportation and related immigration matters, disability appeals, and any other types of cases prosecuted by the government. Cases that do not involve an active dispute, such as estate planning matters or real estate transactions, are also not good candidates.

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