Mortimer Law Firm

At Mortimer Law Firm, we solve problems. Your problems.

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Firm Overview

I began my practice with a medium sized firm where I advanced to senior partner. The firm had members who became judges, congressmen, and a state senator. Mortimer Law Firm was established in Alpena in 2002. I have practiced law since 1979. The office in Alpena was opened in 2002 and has focused on serving its citizens ever since.

We dedicate our time and expertise to Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Social Security Disability and Criminal Law. We handle Personal and Business Bankruptcies.

Example cases

I have aggressively defended my clients and have a number of successful appeals that have protected my client's property and personal rights. A recent case held that a nonworking spouse would be entitled to one half of her husband's income tax refund, notwithstanding that her husband was the sole income earner. The court decided the case on our argument that marriage is an emotional and financial partnership and the wife's contributions to the marriage entitled her to one half of their joint tax refund. Other cases have defined the meaning of business property and exemptions available to debtors who have filed bankruptcy.

Main Office

Main
444 West Baldwin Street
Alpena  MI  49707

Phone
  • (989) 358-2100
  • (231) 487-1201
Fax
  • (989) 358-2103

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes, initial consultations are free for up to one hour of time.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Our office offers fixed fees for most of our services. Clients need to know what the cost of our representation is in order to budget their finances. For Chapter 7 Bankruptcy our fees run between $900 and $1,200, depending on the number of creditors and complexity of the case. For Chapter 13 Bankruptcies our fees run between $2,000 and $3,000, depending on the number of creditors and the complexity of the case. For example, a Chapter 13 that needs a mortgage eliminated would cost an additional $500 to rid the debtor of this monthly obligation.

Hourly Rates

$150.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For emergency after hours, please call (989) 255-4996.

Office Manager

Michael T. Centala, Paralegal.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Other Offices

  • Petoskey
    600 Charlevoix Avenue
    Petoskey,  MI  49770

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

While in college I worked for a Certified Public Accountant Firm and I learned what it takes to make a business or a family operate successfully. I had a good business education at Michigan State University and I received financial training leading to my designation as a Chartered Financial Consultant and a registered investment advisor. With my bankruptcy training, I know how to protect the rights of my clients and solve their financial problems.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

All citizens are presumed to know the law and ignorance of the law is not a defense to violations of the law. An educated populace insures a better operating society. We are eager to assist those seeking legal knowledge and are not remiss in alerting our clients on those matters beyond their ability to handle.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

We are willing and able to offer valuable advice to clients seeking to protect their legal and property rights.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

We are willing and able to assist clients formulate a strategy and means to protect their financial and legal interests. However, in some instances, it takes more time to coach our clients to do a legal task then it takes for us to do it for them.

Rory Mortimer

Practicing attorney since 1975. I have over 20 years of bankruptcy experience and have handled well over a thousand personal and business case filings. I have represented clients in varied criminal matters, including felonies, capital cases, and misdemeanors.

While in college I worked for a Certified Public Accountant Firm and I learned what it takes to make a business or a family operate successfully. I had a good business education at Michigan State University and I received financial training leading to my designation as a Chartered Financial Consultant and a registered investment advisor. With my bankruptcy training, I know how to protect the rights of my clients and solve their financial problems.

I firmly believe clients are more comfortable with attorneys who are genuinely interested in their lives. If an attorney is interested in you and your family, he or she will do a wonderful job solving your legal problems. Clients like us and our office because we care about our clients. Clients know we are dedicated to serving them and they know they are at the right place for their legal matters.

Personal interests:

I like spending time with my wife. We are best friends. I like tennis, love golf, and family outings like canoeing or camping. I enjoy having friends and family over for dinner.

License
  • Bar Number: P40341
    Michigan , 1979
Education
  • Michigan State University
    Juris Doctorate , 1978
    East Lansing, MI
  • Michigan State University
    Bachelor of Arts , 1972
    East Lansing, MI
  • American College
    Chartered Financial Consultant and Charter Life Underwriter , 1982
    Bryn Myr, PA
    Instructor of Estate Planning and Law.
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