General Practice Attorney in Detroit, Michigan
Leases, offers to purchase, land contracts, deeds, closings,
eviction actions, and other real estate matters.
PROBATE MATTERS, WILLS AND TRUSTS
Drafting of simple wills, revocable living trust agreements,
durable powers of attorney, and powers of attorney for
health care. Probating of decedent's estates -- either with
a will or without a will. Also, contested probate matters.
Review, negotiation or drafting of written agreements
of various types -- including leases, sale documents, and
insurance policies, and other legal agreements.
Usually lawsuits that involve a contract of some sort,
such as a lease, purchase agreement, or contract for
services -- with an allegation of breach of contract by
one of the parties.
Petitons for guardianship or conservatorship. Some
criminal defense work (misdemeanors, first-offenders)
and contesting traffic tickets. Corporate filings, annual
Bob Goldsmith grew up in metro Detroit, and attended the University of Michigan for college (BA 1983) and law school (JD 1986).
He worked with a firm in Southfield MI for
about a year -- but then he started his own
solo law practice in Southfield in 1988 and has practiced solo for more than 30 years.
Bob moved his practice to downtown
Detroit in 2002.
Bob also runs a company that gives great
tours of Detroit.
Bob works out of his apartment, and does
not have a secretary. The low overhead is
what allows him to charge lower fees than
attorneys at a big firm usually charge.
Generally you would be hiring Mr Goldsmith on an hourly rate basis.
The hourly rate will be provided in advance.
A retainer is often required at the start. It wil be applied toward the
first few hours worked. For example, in a matter where the hourly rate
is $90 per hour, if a retainer of $450 is required, it would be applied to
cover the first five hours worked.
For some matters a flat fee arrangement may be agreed upon -- like a
fee of a certain amount for drafting a simple will, general durable power
of attorney, and a designation of patient advocate for health care.
In those situations, full or partial payment may be required in advance.
GRADUATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF
MICHIGAN LAW SCHOOL
(Juris Doctor - 1986)
MEMBER, STATE BAR OF MICHIGAN
(SInce 1987 - Bar #40093)