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Michael Mayer Franklin

Divorce and separation Attorney at Worcester, MA

4.4   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1990
    Status
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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
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    I am an aggressive and successful trial and criminal defense attorney handling all criminal cases in the Worcester County region, from misdemeanors to felony charges. With a focus on Massachusetts drunk driving laws, domestic violence, restraining orders, assault and battery, drug cases and student crimes in Worcester. My criminal defense results speak for themselves. See my results at http://www.AttorneyMichaelFranklin.com

    34 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    50%
    I am an experienced divorce lawyer who has successfully represented hundreds of clients in divorce litigation. I have a proven track record of successful divorce cases ranging from simple dissolutions with few issues, through complex divorce cases requiring trials. My goal is to always relieve the client from as much pain, stress and expense as possible. My clients are best served by helping them identify their goals and working to create realistic and better futures.

    34 years

Massachusetts Divorce Attorney/ Family Law Attorneyand Criminal Attorney Michael M. Franklin, Esq.

Attorney MichaelM. Franklin was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1963. AttorneyFranklin began his legal internship in the prestigious family law firmof Norman and Ricci in 1984 while a junior at Clark University. Hemaintained a relationship with this firm throughout law school atWestern New England College School of Law. Upon graduation from lawschool, Mr. Franklin worked as an associate attorney at Norman andRicci from 1991 until 1993. Mr. Franklin has maintained his own lawpractice since 1995. He has been a certified family law mediator since2000.

 

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Michael Mayer Franklin
5 State Street
Suite 1F
Worcester, MA, 01609

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Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Divorce Atty
Michael's calm manner and encyclopedic knowledge of family law helped me to get the settlement I was looking for in a hostile divorce. Thank You Michael
Posted by Ricardo | July 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Attorney Franklin fought hard for me in my divorce. I was paying child support and my ex wife was also seeking alimony. Michael was honest and straightforward with me throughout the process. He was well prepared for all Court hearings and his Paralegal was always available when Attorney Franklin was not! They made this process so much easier and I did not have to pay alimony! I highly recommend using Attorney Franklin
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Posted by Bill | May 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Efficient & Knowledgable
Michael was very professional and efficient. His office vigorously pursued all pre-trial background info with little prompting from me. At the trial, he laid out my options, helped me decide, and quickly reached a good settlement. I would hire him again.
Posted by Heather | October 8, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Mr. Franklin was professional and knowledgeable. He handled my case with speed and although, the situation was overwhelming and intimidating, he made it simple and was there to answer all my questions. I highly recommend him for any of your law need.
Posted by John | June 29, 2015
My attorney should be your attorney.
Michael is a straight-shooter and sharp as a tack. I hired Michael without hesitation because he actually tried to talk me out of hiring him! He guided me step-by-step through a difficult time in my life when visitation with my daughter had stopped for no reason. Thanks to Michael, my daughter and I have a wonderful relationship and I see her regularly again. Michael knows divorce law through-and-through so don't hesitate to contact him if you need of legal help or advice!
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Posted by An alimony case client | March 3, 2015
It was a pleasure to work with Attorney Franklin!
Michael helped me conclude my alimony payments under Massachusetts alimony reform law. This new law isn't yet well understood by the legal system and Michael explained my options to getting alimony concluded. We successfully negotiated an end to alimony without having to go to a costly trial. Michael has a professional and pleasant demeanor but can also show a valuable tough side when needed during negotiations. Throughout the process, he and his paralegal Deb kept me informed of all information and steps. He was open to my suggestions as well as providing his own expertise. I was always able to easily reach Michael by either phone or email. I will turn to him in the future if I need any legal representation in the family court system.
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Posted by Eric | May 14, 2013
Excellent Divorce Attorney
Michael is my attorney and represented me in my divorce proceedings. He patiently explained Massachusetts Law to me. He also guided me through the whole process resulting in a divorce last fall. I recommend him to you if you are contemplating a divorce.
Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2012
Highly recommend!!!!
Attorney Michael Franklin recently represented me in court when another party was trying to get permanent guardianship of my child. He returned phones calls and emails very quickly. Michael was also very professional. He had less than an hour to help me prepare to testify and feel comfortable in any possible situations I might face. We won that day! I have my son back and couldn't be more grateful. I highly recommend Michael he was a pleasure to work with.
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Posted by James | May 29, 2012
Highly Recommended
May 25, 2012 Attorney Michael Franklin represented me when I sought custody of my teenage daughter.  Her mother had physical custody of her for fourteen years and was her primary caretaker. I had never been married to her mother. Therefore, I knew this fight was going to be an uphill battle. I have dealt with several other attorneys through the years. However, Michael's knowledge of the law and experience allowed him to navigate the legal system in a manner that was unmatched. He was up front with me from the beginning about what my chances were and about the time and effort that would be needed to see this through. He was a true professional every step of the way and was completely committed to the case.  He promptly returned every call I made to him and made himself available after hours and on weekends. He took a genuine interest in the case and the well being of my daughter. My case went all the way to trial.  Michael spent a great deal of time with me in preparation for trial. He knew the facts of my case as if he lived them. He made sure I was familiar and comfortable with all possible situations prior to testifying. This allowed me to express myself appropriately while on the stand and ensured that my side of the story was properly told. Michael remained focused and on point throughout the two day trial. Michael actually forced my daughter’s mother to admit acting inappropriately towards my daughter and made her star witness appear foolish. Thanks to Michael's hard work, dedication and meticulous attention to detail, we won the day. I now have physical custody of my daughter and the future looks bright.  I will always be grateful to Michael. I highly recommend Attorney Michael Franklin.  He's a man of integrity and a true credit to his profession. James F.
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Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2009
I highly recommend Attorney Michael Franklin!
Attorney Michael Franklin handled my case very professionally. He is very passionate about the law and his clients. He is extremely adept in the court and settling cases. He tries to settle cases with minimal impact to the client. I would strongly refer him to any of my friends and family. I am extremely pleased with his work.
Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2009
I highly recommend Attorney Michael Franklin!
Not only was the outcome better than I expected, I was impressed by Michael's work. I have worked with many lawyers in the past, and most of them have left me feeling frustrated. Not only did he keep me well informed with letters and copies of all correspondence, Michael returned every call I made to him within hours. I would recommend Michael to anyone I know!"
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Posted by Sheryle | July 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Do not hire!!!!
Michael Franklin charged me a ton of money for my divorce and did nothing for me. I had to switch attorneys. He even interrogated me in front of my Ex and his attorney. I hardly talked to him on the phone. Only his Secretary and was charged full price of 350.00 a hour. The Secretary would talk about her kids and private life as I was being charged by the minute. He has now stated I still owe him money and is trying to attach my divorce assets to be paid. He is lazy and will do nothing as a Attorney to help you. Except collect your money.
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Posted by mei | December 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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truth
Attorney Franklin: you didn’t earn my fees: you robbed me with the help of your assistance. Of course, it’s my view. Your fees structure is atypical: Billing? Not twice a month, not even once a month, I was billed whenever you feel like it, at the rate of paralegal =lawyer $350/hr. (I received 2 invoices for the duration of your service: 7 month 10 days.)
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Response from Michael Franklin January 1, 2018
Mei, I'm sorry you feel this way especially because we seemed to have such a good rapport during our meetings and telephone conversations. My fee structure was carefully explained to you, you signed a fee agreement which contained my fee structure and I must disagree with you about it being atypical. Your case involved a lot of work preparing pleadings, your financial statement and requesting and responding to discovery (information requests and responses to information requested from opposing counsel). Your case was heading to trial and depositions were about to be scheduled. Much work was performed getting it to that stage. You did not speak with me about your concerns off line before making this post or even before you left 2 months ago. Perhaps, if you had, your issues could have been resolved.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Michael M. Franklin, Esq.
  • 1995 - Present
  • Associate
  • The Law Office of Cranston and Cranston
  • 1994 - 1994
  • Associate
  • Law Offices of Norman & Ricci
  • 1989 - 1993

Education

  • Western New England College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Clark University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Associations

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Worcester County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Certifed Divorce and Family Law Mediator
  • Coast to Coast Mediation Centers
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (8)
Endorse Michael
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Well Respected and obtains excellent results for his clients"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a highly skilled attorney and gets exceptional results for his clients. He is well respected by court workers, judges, and fellow lawyers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been in court on many occasions with Attorney Franklin. He is always prepared and is a zealous advocate for his clients. I endorse him unequivocally."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike is a dedicated and experienced lawyer who works hard for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Franklin is a tireless advocate for his client's rights. His cases are always prepared and he is ready to defend. He has the right blend of compasion and experience, that makes him a great lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I've been working with and against Attorney Franklin for a number of years. I have such a high regard for his skills I have referred cases to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known and worked with Attorney Franklin for over twenty years both as a prosecutor and now as a defense attorney. I would highly recommend Attorney Franklin."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Known Michael for many years and is one of the best attorney's in Worcester county"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Worcester Divorce and separation Lawyer Michael Mayer Franklin
Michael Mayer Franklin
Divorce and separation Attorney
Worcester, MA
Licensed for 33 years