Charles H. Gross, Attorney at Law
A solution focused law firm dedicated to protecting your best interests.
We are a solution focused law firm dedicated to protecting your best interests. Our 30 years of experience and expertise in litigation, estate planning, real estate, bankruptcy, probate, business and family law enable us to successfully advocate for our clients.
- Free Initial Consultation?
Free bankruptcy and personal injury consultation. For all other matters, the consultation charge is $40
- Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
We have fixed rate fees for many of the common services we offer our clients. These are discussed at our initial client consultation.
- Hourly Rates
- Office Hours
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Additional times by appointment
- Office Manager
Alice or Michelle
- Emergency After Hours
- Real Estate
We have the most comprehensive real estate practice in Lenawee County. Our experience in virtually every aspect of real estate law enables us to provide cost effective and insightful counsel.Our expertise includes: residential, commercial and industrial real estate transactions, leasing, zoning, conservation easements, constructions contracts, property line disputes, environmental regulations, foreclosures, loan workouts, deed and title review, and negotiation of oil and gas leases. Our land development includes several residential communities and one professional office complex.
We have represented clients in bankruptcy matters, including Chapter 7 filings for over 30 years. Our experience provides clients the most effective strategies for asset protection. We offer free consultation for our clients considering bankruptcy.Frequently Asked Questions
Explain Bankruptcy Law?
Bankruptcy law is a consumer protection law. It is a Federal process which allows consumers to have debts forgiven or discharged.
Chapter 7 or Chapter 13?
Chapter 7 is the most common form of bankruptcy. It allows you to discharge your debts completely. Under Chapter 13, you propose a plan for at least partial repayment of your unsecured debts.
Who Can File?
Under current rules, in order to file a Chapter 7, your current monthly income must be below the median income for a family of your size in the county where you live.
What Can I Keep?
In most bankruptcies you will keep all of your assets, including your home and your vehicle. In addition, retirement accounts are usually not considered part of the bankruptcy estate and typically you will keep the entire account regardless of the balance.
- Estate Planning
The foundation of our practice is estate planning. We offer a wide variety of services to facilitate the transfer of your assets upon death and asset protection during your lifetime. Proper planning avoids probate and unnecessary estate taxes.Trusts
We prepare many revocable living trusts for our clients whereby they title their assets to the trust and then maintain control of them through the trust during their lifetime.This ability to manage and distribute your assets in the best interest of your beneficiaries makes trusts a popular client choice.
Wills are the most basis estate planning document and something everyone should have. Your will clearly informs the court to whom your assets should pass, in what manner and designates your personal representative. Our experience provides our clients the guidance they need when considering the language of their will.
Power of Attorney
Our clients often need a power of attorney, which gives someone they choose, the power to act in their place. We utilize what is known as a 'durable' power of attorney for both medical care and finance management. A durable power of attorney allows the terms of the document to remain in effect should you become incapacitated or are unable to handle matters on your own.
- Personal Injury
We have successfully settled numerous claims brought by our clients seeking compensation for their loss.If you or your property is injured or harmed because of someone's act or failure to act we can assist you in seeking damages. Personal injury law, also known as tort law, is designed to protect you. If your claim is outside our expertise we will refer you to the best possible attorney for your injury.
We bring a wealth of trial experience in probate, circuit and district courts when advocating for our clients. Our litigation practice has included: real estate and business disputes, personal injury, property tax appeals, collections and more.Recent litigation cases include:
Successful settlement claim against Tecumseh Products for environmental contamination of multiple residential and commercial properties.
Prevailed on behalf of shareholders, as part of a team of lawyers, in winning a judgement against Adrian Steel for over one million dollars, plus attorney fees.
Successful defense of Adrian College in a jury trial to resolve a building construction dispute.
Our firm provides regular counsel and service to a wide range of businesses including; start-ups, existing businesses and corporations, family owned and franchised, retail, professional, even farmers and their agribusiness.Common services we provide include creating LLC organization documents, facilitating incorporation, represent parties buying and selling businesses, and resolving disputes.
Common family legal issues handled by our firm include: divorce, pre-nuptial agreements, child and spousal support payments, conservatorship and guardianship matters.Common family legal issues handled by our firm include: divorce, pre-nuptial agreements, child and spousal support payments, conservatorship and guardianship matters.
Probate Court has jurisdiction over the transfer of assets upon death or disability. In most cases, our clients seek to avoid this court's involvement in their estate. Our experience can help them to do this.Previous estate planning work with clients using beneficiary designations, payable on death accounts, joint titles, ladybird deeds and trusts help them to avoid the Probate court's involvement in their estate. Determining which of these documents, or combination thereof, is best is where our probate experience and knowledge of the probate code is very beneficial for our clients.
That same experience also helps to facilitate quick and inexpensive settlement of cases needing probate supervision.
How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?
Our general law practice allows us to provide a variety of services for our clients and to maintain a long and lasting relationship with them. Estate planning and real estate matters are the most common reasons our clients seek us out. Over time we have successfully advocated in all areas of the law as we meet the needs of our clients.
What are your firm's strengths and style?
Our firm returns phone calls without delay. We update you with regular progress reports and make you copies of your documents. We provide you full access to staff working on your case.
Your initial consultation includes a candid discussion of your legal needs, recommended course of action and an estimate of the time and legal expense involved.
Charles H. Gross
- Chuck is a Lenawee County native, graduating from Adrian High School before attending Alma College. While earning his law degree from the University of Detroit Law School, Chuck was an Assistant Vice-President for First Federal of Michigan's mortgage and legal department. Chuck returned to Lenawee County to practice law in 1984.
- Bar Number: P34583
Michigan , 1982
- Bar Number: P34583
- University of Detroit
Juris Doctor , 1981
- Alma College
Bachelor of Arts , 1975
- University of Detroit
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