40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

Times are Tough.

Let an experienced advocate carry the load.

Serving Rockford and surrounding communities for over 40 years.

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.

Answering Your
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.

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Who Cares About Your Goals

Attorney Michael J. Smith is committed to helping you with your legal needs. To learn more about his family law, probate or real estate law services

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Practice Area

Family Law

Probate

Real Estate Law

Guiding you through
your Family Law needs

Everything is at stake in family law. From your relationship with your children to your personal finances, every aspect of your life hangs in the balance. Michael J. Smith provides compassionate counsel and thorough representation aimed at resolving these issues in a way that is best for you and for your children.

You may welcome the end of your marriage or dread it with every fiber of your being. Either way, one thing is for certain: major changes are on the horizon and you need a strong advocate looking out for your rights and your future. Michael J. Smith brings extensive experience to all aspects of dissolution, including financial issues, children’s issues, and property rights. He focuses on achieving the best possible outcome as amicably as possible, often using alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and negotiation to reduce costs and limit the emotional toll.

Deciding where the children will live, how they will be raised, and where they will spend the bulk of their time are often the most contentious issues when a marriage ends. There is nothing more important than allocating parental responsibilities in a way that represents the best interest of the children while respecting the rights of parents. This is an area where having an experienced attorney familiar with the intricacies of the family law process can make all the difference in achieving an efficient and positive outcome for you and your children.

Illinois’ child support laws strive to create a nurturing environment for children, providing them with all the resources they would have if their parents’ marriage was still intact. This is accomplished by requiring both parents to provide support for their children based on a share of their income. Like any equation, garbage in equals garbage out. It is crucial to make sure accurate financial data is being used to calculate child support in order to make sure you are not bearing an inappropriate burden and that your children have the resources they need to thrive.

When incidents of violence occur in the home it is crucial to have an experienced attorney looking out for your interests and those of your children. Whether you are pursuing an order of protection or need help defending against one, your wellbeing and your future are too valuable to leave in the hands of anyone but a proven family law attorney.

Making Sense Of Complex
Probate Matters

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.

A Knowledgeable Voice
For Real Estate Transactions

The sale or purchase of a home is likely to be the largest and most significant financial transaction of your life. You have too much at stake to move forward without the help of a proven lawyer. Michael J. Smith has been drafting and reviewing contracts and guiding clients through real estate closings for more than 40 years. You can count on him to protect your legal and financial interests so you can have peace of mind as you sign the dotted line.