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Michelle L. Hildebrand

Family Attorney at South Bend, IN

3.2   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State IN
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michelle

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I have accomplished what many believed to be the impossible - I graduated law school summa cum laude while working part-time and being a wife and mother. By working prior to attending law school, I gained experience in both life and the workforce.  As a result, I have insight into people's needs and desires more so than had I graduated high school, attended college, and attended law school. While I was content and worked hard, I always wanted to be a lawyer and have a special interest in family law and fathers' rights. So I made the decision and went law school.

 

In addition to a job as a law clerk and caring for my children, I was also a member of law review and moot court. More importantly though, I participated in a family law internship and worked for a law firm in which one attorney focused on family law, working along side of her gaining knowledge and experience. The other attorney had me work on debt collection defense and personal injury cases.

 

Based upon my own life experience and my legal experience, I know that clients in these types of matters have special needs and I have the compassion and experience to meet these needs.

Location

Hildebrand Law Office
115 N. William St.
South Bend, IN, 46601

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Reviews

3.2 / 5.0
  5 customer reviews
Posted by Chris | March 30, 2015
child support and custody of children
Mrs. Hildebrand, Kept me informed of every step of my case, she also made me feel like I was her only client, which I know was not the case. I recommend her if as lawyer.
Posted by Princess | March 12, 2015
Awesome and reliable help!
I cannot express my gratitude to Michelle enough! she helped me become a guardian. She was very helpful, reliable, and understanding. I wouldn't hesitate to call her if I ever needed legal advice.
Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Good consulatation - decent price quote
Michelle Hildebrand is very personable. She was easy to talk to and listened to my needs well. I had brought my two year old son with me and she was very patient with him, though well behaved during our consultation she provided him with paper and pen to keep him occupied. For my case she had reasonable rates and very friendly. Though I have not decied yet if I would use her services, she is a very likely canidate.
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Posted by Sam | August 12, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Lies for clients
She does not get the actual proof or facts before going into court and will state blanton lies. Does not have integrity or morals
Response from Michelle Hildebrand August 20, 2022
I would love to know who this person is. Says name is "Sam" and it was a consult. I do not seem to have a "Sam" who had a consult recently. More importantly, I truly do have integrity and morals. Often, by having integrity and morals, it makes it more difficult to do my job. I also inform my clients that they cannot lie when testify in court. It is better to tell the truth and explain the situation than to be caught in a lie. Unfortunately, there are times when us attorneys have clients that do lie. That does not mean we do not try to avoid those circumstances.
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Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not very attentive
Upon our first meeting, Ms. Hildebrand was a very nice woman. Polite and professional however, if you anticipate having continued questions or need of further assistance good luck! She will never answer her phone return a call or even return an e-mail. After our initial filing that literally took her 4 months to complete we had faced further legal complications because she failed to file the correct paperwork in the first place, it took 7 more months to reconcile that mostly because she is impossible to contact. We literally had to go to the Courthouse and catch her in the court room and chase her down the stairs and force her to speak to us for 2 minutes while she ran to her car. On a good note her receptionist is pretty knowledgeable and helpful to the best of her ability and that's good considering shes the only person I could actually talk to after Ms.Hildebrand got paid.
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Response from Michelle Hildebrand August 20, 2022
I find it kind of ironic that after numerous high ratings I received 2 1-star ratings on the same day, claiming to be from two different people. However, I did consult with my assistant to see if we could determine who this could be based upon the allegations. She had no idea. There was one couple I thought it possible only because they did walk out to our vehicles after leaving court. We were having a conversation regarding the case. However, it was a mutual conversation, walking calmly together, and at that time, they understood the circumstances and the issues that existed. If it was this couple, the only people my assistant I and I could even contemplate that would have wrote this, the issues lies in the fact they had attempted to do something with an open case that required the permission of the court, without consulting our office or the court staff. This created a difficult situation for everyone involved. I believe they were angry at me because there was no fixing the situation at the time due to the lack of cooperation of another member of the case.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 110-125 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 6.3 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Law Clerk
  • OlsenCampbell, Ltd
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Office of Weiss & Schmidgall, P.C.
  • 2012 - 2013

Education

  • Valparaiso University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • Indiana University-South Bend
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Quiet Title Action
  • The Judge granted the motion and awarded my client ownership of the property.

Associations

  • St. Joseph County Bar Association
  • 2015 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2014 - Present
  • Allen County Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Criminal Justice Student of the year 2002
  • Indiana University South Bend
  • 2002

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South Bend Family Lawyer Michelle L. Hildebrand
Michelle L. Hildebrand
Family Attorney
South Bend, IN
Licensed for 9 years
Free Consultation