My passion is the individual and their family. 20 years ago, I re-defined my law career to focus on the family. My passionate side is to work with my clients to move them to a better place. Often times, it means a divorce; other times, it mean counseling them on how to live and thrive in the marriage. It also means representing my clients in other areas, such as: estate planning, guardianship and conservatorship, real estate closings and issues, landlord representation, land contracts, employment questions, etc. I represent the family.
My professional side is to handle the legal issue or dilemma my client is facing with diligence and vigor. If it’s a divorce, I implement the BEST divorce settlement possible. I thrive on achieving a settlement better than my clients can ever imagine. Spousal support, alimony, pension division, retirement account divisions, property separation, real estate sales: all taken very seriously and fought for vigorously. I know the law—both divorce and custody, and the tax law—strategies to implement the most advantageous tax settlement possible. I don’t play games, and always present the most realistic settlements achievable. I never sell my client’s “short.” I always protect their interests. I understand that at the end of the day, my client and their ex-spouse need to jointly parent their children, and 30 years from now, they will still be parenting their children. I don’t play games. I represent men and women, and protect the children—never allowing them to be used as pawns. If the issue is simple, I handle it in the most straight-forward way possible. I am not an alarmist, and I don’t take the “long-way” around a legal problem.
I assist my clients to “manage the business of their life.” This business includes their divorce, child support and custody matters, finances, and implementation of divorce Judgments.
To be a full-service attorney, I have extensive experience in estate planning, taxes (I own a tax service: Tax Advantage 1040.Com) and real estate sales, land contracts, and lease agreements. I represent many litigants in contract law and contract and lease enforcement.
From 2005 to 2010 I represented the Department of Human Services on their neglect petitions. This continual representation allowed me to hone my trial skills, as I tried up to 20 cases per year.
I grew up in W. Bloomfield, MI with my parents, brother and sister. I am the youngest child. My husband is from India and I have two children. I am very familiar with the Indian culture and this helps define my practice with this sub-group of clients.
Sandy, the office mascot and a golden doodle, is my dog.
1989—Graduated from University of Detroit Law School with a law degree.
1986--Graduated from Mercy College of Detroit:
- •Bachelors Degree of Science in Nursing (became a registered nurse)
- •Bachelors Degree of Psychology
Work and Legal Experience:
I nursed at Detroit Receiving Hospital in the emergency room (1986), Hutzel Hospital in the step-down NICU and newborn receiving nursery (1986-1989), and William Beaumont Hospital in the step-down NICU from 1989 to 1990.
My law experience includes medical malpractice defense, (1987 to 1990) and legal counsel for the Detroit Medical Center from 1990 to 1996.
I will always remember my first semester of my first year of law school when I learned that after paying income tax your entire life, if you had saved to much money upon your death you would be required to pay federal and possibly state estate tax. I was shocked and offended by this. I was further shocked when I learned that this estate tax was paid by the average upper middle class families, not just the super wealthy. It was at that time, I decided to learn ways to avoid paying that tax, and I did.
After graduation, I took this knowledge in probate and estate planning and opened my own law practice. There I hone my skills as a lawyer, and with the respect for other that I learned from my parents assisted hundreds of families plan out the business of their life. Because of the respectful relationships I fostered with those clients and the superior services I provided them, I continue to receive referrals clients I assisted in 1997.
In 2003, my first son arrived and refocused my life. Instead of maintaining an active business, I decided I must center more attention on the new life before me. Without any regrets and only great hopes for the future, I closed my firm and joined Karen in her practice. Over the years, I have continued to provide my old client and then my new clients with wonderful service. Recognizing that with each client, their individual needs are not the same as any past client, giving them personalized service. Educating them about the legal process and guiding them through on a level they understood.
Over the years, I have provided legal services at various legal aids centers across the metro Detroit area; I have moderated several seminars for the Institute for Continues Legal Education; and assisted many clients by making home and hospital visits when they are unable to come to my office.
For several years, I tried cases for Department of Human Services. I assisted the Department by removing children from neglectful families, including terminating parental rights when necessary.
I now look forward to helping with your legal needs!
I was raised by my mother and father with my 4 sibling in Shelby Twp., Michigan. Respectful family relations were instilled in me at a young age through attending church, working on frequent volunteer projects, and honoring my parents and sibling. I now share my life and this upbringing with my husband of 17 years and my 2 sons.
1992 – Graduated from the James Madison College of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.
- Bachelors of Arts degree in American Public Affairs
- Minor in History
1997 – Graduated with Distinction from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan Certificate of Completion in Probate and Estate Planning by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the education provider of the State Bar of Michigan.
About Ross Legal Group, P.C.
Ross Legal Group, P.C. is a boutique law firm offering a comprehensive array of legal services, including family law, estate planning, probate law, elder law, and real estate. We will even do your yearly taxes.
We are located in central Oakland County Michigan, just miles from the Oakland County Court House and Fiat/Chrysler Headquarters. We are in our permanent law firm home, and have made it comfortable for all our clients. We are centrally located so we can practice in all counties, including Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, Genesee, and Livingston. We are familiar with all the judges, Friend of the Court processes and personnel, and County Clerks. We know how to “get the job done” without going to “war”, and we concentrate on an effective, efficient outcome. Yet, in the end, if a trial or hearing is necessary, we are very experienced trial attorneys.
We like our clients and enjoy working with them. We want them to achieve the best results. We want our clients to understand what we are doing for them, and we take the time to educate them. We assist them in managing the business of their life, and that makes for a better lived life.
Thank you so much for your quick action in attending to my legal issues. Because of your attention to detail and promptness my situation was handled professionally and respectfully to all parties involved. I would highly recommend your group to my family and friends.
Fair, Firm and Fun!
Ross Legal Group P.C., Karen Ross, provided me with invaluable guidance and professionalism. Her knowledge and experience gave me peace of mind and faith in the legal system. Ms. Ross's words of encouragement, caring and laughter helped me get through a "trying" divorce in my life. She guided me with her knowledge, legal advice and represented me very professional, however, was compassionate with my concerns/emotions. The groups' dedication and generosity made a deep and lasting impression on me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Highly respect and recommend Ross Legal Group.
Best Law Firm
I have used Ross Legal Services for 14 years and would highly recommend them.
professional and prompt service
My attorney karen was exceptional and very experienced with all my legal matters and my case was presented in a professional matter.
We went to Ross Legal when my Aunt passed away. They guided us every step of the way on how to care for our Uncle and handle all legal issues. When my Father passed away recently, I went back to them to help me finalize everything for him. I have complete confidence in their recommendations. Everyone in their office truly cares about what you are going through.
Michelle Doherty is an extremely knowledgeable attorney in estate planning. She arranged a trust for my mother. I couldn't be happier.
Karen was absolutely great, very professional and always answered my questions, if she were busy Maryann would relay my concerns . I can't say thank you enough for having Karen Ross in my corner. Thanks Karen
Can I give you 5 1/2 stars?
Michelle was very Professional in preparing our two Trusts. In depth knowledge prompted many a comment and recommendations we never would have thought of. We found we could call Michelle at any time during the day with questions and comments. All in all, the experience was interesting and educational, not at all what we expected.
Getting the answers
When it came time to look at wills, trusts, etc. I was not very knowledgeable about all the options available. Michelle was able to provide me with the answers to all my questions, make suggestions on how to proceed, set it all up for me and follow through on all requests I had. I had a very positive experience and would definitely recommend this firm.
We told all our friends, tell yours. She is Great!
The Ross Legal Group and Michelle Doherty exceeded every one of our expectations and went beyond. My wife and I can in to have our estate plan created. Michelle explained everything in terms we could understand, she explained what we needed and why. Her prices were right on track. I would recommend her to my friends and family.
Will and Power of Attorney
Michelle Doherty is very professional, and pleasant natured, providing clients with legal service and information so they can accomplish their will and/or Power of Attorney. They leave well informed of what the process will be, when the time comes to put them to use.
Karen Ross knows everything a divorce lawyer should know, but to me some of the best things about Karen Ross is, she does not force you into 1 option...Divorce. She listens to what u have to say and then she guides you down the right path. She also has a very true christian like heart very loving and caring, and then she gets the job done. Thank You Karen
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Karen Ross is a professional, knowledgeable and experienced attorney. My mother and I hired Karen this year to handle a land contract for a cottage in Waterford Township. She consistently responded promptly to our concerns throughout the entire process. Karen was very patient and explained the laws in clear and understandable terms. I am sure the transaction went better with her involvement. I feel she went above and beyond for us as the situation evolved into a more complicated process. Her rates were very reasonable and fair as well. I would not hesitate to recommend Karen. We truly felt lucky to have her assist us through our selling experience.
Michelle Doherty was most pleasant and efficient when assisting me in completing my will. Her focus was in making sure that my needs and wishes were expressed clearly in my will. I would not hesitate to recommend Michelle and the Ross Legal Group.
Highly recommended. Professional and knowledgeable staff. Reasonable rates.
Needed a new will. They were very helpful. Will completed and signed within 2 weeks. Could have been sooner but we were out of town.
The Ross Legal Group continuously provides outstanding services. The group is extremely professional and knowledgable in family law. The team is passionate about what they do, care about their customers, and do an outstanding job in preparing you for court. I have had nothing but a great experience with this team and would highly recommend them.
Very professional and knowledgeable
The entire staff at Ross Legal g Group are very professional and knowledgeable. They are always able to answer my question and concerns. They also are very patient which helps with working with older adults. They have always come through when I've needed them and even if it was at the last minute. I have and I always will recommend them to my family and friends.
Michelle is THE Best!
My divorce was emotionally difficult and I wouldn't have gotten through it without Michelle. She was professional, prepared and a great listener. Michelle let me know what to expect so that I didn't have any surprises along the way (even with two postponement dates from our judge). I can't say enough great things about Michelle. She made my divorce as effortless as a divorce can be.
Awesome law firm
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Probate and Real Estate Work
Karen researched the issues dealing with my dad's uniquely complicated estate, including the real estate deed work, and offered several options to us to see which best fit our current and future needs. She fully understood my desire to not have to appear in probate court as it was 150 miles away from my home and instead, arranged a conference call with the court to avoid the unnecessary travel and expenses. Of particular help to us was the clearing of a judgment lien in my dad's name on the proceeds of the real estate. She also provided my mom several options to retitle the house deed and the implications of each of those options as it related to the potential for future medicaid assistance in a nursing home. Karen's team was always timely with their responses to our questions and very professional in written and verbal communications. The number of creditors in my dad's estate made the work effort more than initially expected from my perspctivee.
I am writing to recommend the Ross Legal Group. I have leveraged this group for over 8 years and they have been, and continue to be, a tremendous asset in handling complicated situations. All are highly qualified individuals that genuinely care about their clients and are able to advise and represent their clients through a solid understanding of the law and maintaining their integrity through all types of situations. The Ross Legal Group would be a tremendous asset to individuals requiring their services and I recommend them without reservation.
My parenting schedule and child support. My ex knows how to push my buttons and get me riled up. Whenever I contact Karen she knows how to put my mind at ease and get me thinking on the right track.
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The Roos Legal Group is a firm I highly recommend to anyone. The entire staff at Ross Legal Group are the best people I have ever had the pleasure to represent me while taking care of my own legal affairs. They are each honest, professional, kind and courteous. When you take the high road, take Ross Legal Group with you to lead the way. - KK
Thank you so much for your timely handling of my situation. Timeliness was important in my case and you executed quickly to get me the results I needed.
The lawyers handled my divorce. They were attentive, and efficient. The cost was what I expected. I understood my Judgment and the court proceedings. I highly recommend these attorneys.
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