Family & Child Custody Law in West Michigan

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.

Debtor Defense for All Income Levels - Consumer, Student Loans, & More

The Maul Law Group, PLLC offers sensible, straightforward, and sophisticated debtor defense for all income levels. Whether you are being harassed by credit card companies or national collection agencies claiming you owe them for past student loan, medical, or consumer debt, Maul Law is available to assist you.

Under state and federal law, consumers have rights that protect them from illegal debt collection practices. If a debt collector violates your rights by engaging in illegal debt collection tactics, it is considered creditor harassment, and the creditor can face significant legal consequences under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and accompanying state statutes.

You’re Not Alone

If you’ve been dealing with a collector that is harassing you about a past debt, you may feel scared, hopeless, and unsure of what you can do to put an end to the maltreatment. When a dent collector 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 get help.

Help is Available

If you are having debtor issues of any sort, pick up the phone or fill out a contact form on our website. Maul Law is happy to provide you with a consultation about your debt(s) worth $250.00 for absolutely free. After reviewing your matter, Maul Law will be able to provide you with:

  • A representation plan to meet your specific financial needs and circumstances, including a list of potential legal options that may keep you out of court and prevent you from filing bankruptcy
  • A series of proactive measures that can put an end to harassing letters, phone calls, and electronic communications
  • An analysis of any claims you may have under federal and state law that could potentially turn your debt into dollars while paying for your attorney fees
  • Full assurance that your case is being taken seriously and that your interests will be defended vigorously in accordance with state and federal law

Maul Law understands that debt collection attorneys and companies are often abrasive, rude, and enjoy skirting the letter of the law to collect on debts they may not be legally entitled to. Moreover, our attorneys know that unexpected events and life circumstances may limit a person’s ability to fully pay on incurred debts. All our attorneys ask is that you don’t despair; help is on the way.

The sooner you get in touch with Maul Law, the sooner we can help. Do not ignore letters and phone calls from alleged creditors and above all else, do not discard any court or other legal notices you receive. Get in touch with us immediately to give yourself peace of mind and place you and your family back on the road to financial stability.

Consumer Protection

The Maul Law Group, PLLC believes you are stronger when you know your rights. Unfortunately, consumers often feel intimidated and ignored by banks, car dealers and repair shops, and utility companies when trying to get answers to simple questions. Moreover, many consumers are unaware of the federal and state laws that protect them from abusive practices, including deceptive lending agreements, warranties, and other consumer contracts.

If you believe you have been wronged as a consumer, contact Maul Law immediately. Maul Law Attorney Gabriel S. Sanchez is a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates with over a decade of practice experience. He is willing to offer a free consultation worth $250.00 to determine whether your rights have been violated and will work to put together a representation plan that makes sense for your situation. If you have valid claims under federal and state laws, you may be entitled to compensation, including attorney fees, that means you do not have to pay a dime for your legal representation.

Here is a sample of consumer law issues Maul Law handles. Contact us today to find out more about what we can do to help you.

Truth in Lending

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 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 throughout West Michigan.

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 West Michigan.

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 West Michigan

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 OWI 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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