A Committed Advocate
With A Wealth Of Experience
Attorney Michael J. Smith has more than 40 years of experience in practicing law throughout northern Illinois. He understands that by turning to the services of a lawyer, you are expecting knowledgeable guidance during a time of uncertainty. As a Rockford native, attorney Smith recognizes the legal needs of the community, and he works tirelessly to provide thoughtful legal assistance to his clients.
An Experienced Ally
for Your Important Legal Issues
Individuals and families today face immense challenges, many of which cannot be resolved within the walls of their home. Whether filing for the dissolution of a marriage, pursuing a co-parenting plan that is best for the children, arranging care and legal protections for loved ones, or navigating the probate process, the advice of a knowledgeable and compassionate attorney is essential. No matter how tough things are today, you can rely on Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law to help you lay the foundation for a brighter future.
Family Law Questions
Family law touches the most important aspects of your life, including your relationship with your children and the property you have worked so hard to acquire. It is no surprise that the uncertainty surrounding the end of a marriage leads to many questions. Michael J. Smith can provide you with the answers you need.
Making Sense Of Complex
It is always difficult when a loved one reaches the end of their life. During a time of transition and grief, the need to focus on legal and financial issues can seem especially daunting. In Rockford and throughout northern Illinois, you can turn to Michael J. Smith to handle your complex probate and estate-related issues so you can focus on being there for your loved ones.
It may be necessary for your loved one’s estate to go through probate after their death. This can lead to confusion and headaches for those left behind to resolve the estate’s legal and financial affairs. If your loved one died with a will, it will be up to the estate’s executor to initiate the court-supervised probate process for winding down the estate. If your loved one died without a will, a close relative or friend will need to ask the court to be appointed estate administrator so the probate process can begin.
Executors and administrators both have an obligation to faithfully carry out their duties. However, they do not have to bear that burden alone. Michael J. Smith, Attorney at Law can provide sound legal counsel and compassionate guidance every step of the way.