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Aric K. Melder

Divorce and separation Attorney at Royal Oak, MI

5.0   14 reviews

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About Aric

Learn Aric’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    and Child Custody, Child Support, Visitation, Alimony, Spousal Support

  2. Wills and living wills
    and Trusts, Power of Attorney, Living Wills, DNR, Patient Advocate Forms

  3. Probate
    for both in-state and out-of state clients

  4. Debt collection
    For business and individuals. Collection and Defense.

  5. Family
    including Guardianship, and Conservatorship cases

  6. Speeding and traffic ticket

  7. Landlord or tenant
    For both Landlords and tenants.

  8. Criminal defense
    Felonies and Misdemeanors

  9. DUI and DWI

A Family Business and Trusted Legal Resource Since 1974Serving Clients in Oakland County, Macomb County, St. Clair County, Wayne County, Livingston County, and Washtenaw County and Southeast Michigan

Whatever the legal issues you face, when you come to our firm, we are with you all the way. We feel that we are in this together with our clients. Whether you are looking for help with a real estate transaction, collecting a debt, you need help with a divorce or custody dispute or you are embroiled in business litigation — we approach your situation and goals as if they were our very own.

We are a family-oriented, father and son, general practice law firm providing experienced, high-quality services and representation to individuals and businesses facing a wide range of legal issues. If you choose to work with us, either Sanford J. Melder or Aric K. Melder will be the attorney working with you at all times. There are no inexperienced associates to pass your case off to once we take your case. At our firm, what you see is what you get – you will get honest, up-front communication from genuine and no-nonsense attorneys. We pride ourselves on a straightforward approach to every case and make sure that you are kept informed about the progress of your case.

From start to finish, our relationship with you will be built on open communication. We believe and we know from experience that informed clients — those given clear answers to their questions and an understanding of the law, their legal options and what to expect at each stage of the process — are happier clients, more relaxed, more involved, and better able to help us do our jobs for you.

All of the Experience and Resources You Need

Sanford J. Melder opened the doors to this law office in 1974, and has been practicing in the local, state and federal courts of Michigan ever since. In 2004, he was joined in practice by son Aric. Our two lawyers have combined experience of nearly 50 years, having been practicing law in Oakland County, Detroit and surrounding areas of Southeast Michigan the entire time.

We do not take a back seat in terms of technology or expert witness resources either. As an established firm, we have access to and strong relationships with appropriate experts in all areas of our practice. Our technology tools include access to the standard legal databases used by most firms, as well as sophisticated software and multi-media courtroom presentation capabilities.

To talk about a matter involving real estate transactions, commercial property sales, commercial property purchases, family law, divorce, estate planning, bankruptcy, commercial loans, probate, business law or any legal issue — call our southeast Michigan law office in Royal Oak.

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Licensed for 26 years
State MI
Status Active in Good Standing
Acquired 1996
Updated 12/26/2022

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

Contact Aric

Law Offices of Melder & Melder, P.C.
2304 East 11 Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI, 48067


5.0 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Reviewed options in property management company dispute
Aric was very professional and nice. He was willing to spend a few minutes with me on the phone discussing my options as a property owner in regards to my former property management company.
Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and professional
Hired Aric to help out with some Legal Financial issues. He always kept his appointments and was prompt. He knew exactly how to carry himself in court and how to Mentor us in what to expect. He knows his job well and I would use him again!
Posted by Katharine | October 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great service and dedication to my case!
Aric was wonderful to work with! He was reliable and consistently in touch. I hired Aric to help monitor all of the paperwork for purchasing my house (the sellers were not going through a Real Estate agent) so Aric reviewed all of that paperwork and would then present it to me. I was often traveling and didn't spend as much time looking over the papers as I should have so Aric would call me up and fill me on things I had missed. I really appreciated his dedication on looking everything over triple times because he found a few mistakes that could have had consequences for me down the road. Also regarding price, I checked out a few lawyers in the Berkley, RO and Birmingham area and Aric quoted me an exact price which is exactly what he ended up charging me. (This was super important to me because I've been in situations before in the past where I'm told one price by a lawyer and then my bill ends up being full of all sorts of small charges and fees I was not projecting, this was NOT the case with Melder & Melder which I really appreciated!) I would definitely work with Melder & Melder again if I ever were to require their services in the future!
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Posted by Meenakshi | October 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
excellent services
I had obtained the legal services of Melder an Melder for legal matters. Mr Aric Melder has been a very kind and competent professional who treated us with professionalism and kindness. He was very methodical and competent in settling our legal matter. I recommend the firm highly
Posted by Jason | January 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Experience
I worked with Aric Melder (in lieu of a Realtor) throughout the process of offering to purchase a home through the closing. He knows his stuff and had my best interests in mind throughout the entire process. His schedule was flexible enough to meet my demanding work schedule when we needed to meet in person. That says a lot as I'm sure his schedule is pretty hectic. I would gladly recommend Aric and his firm for your real estate needs. In fact I am still working with him for other services (will, PoA, and Patient Advocate).
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Should have went to them the first time
After receiving bad advice from another lawyer, I contacted Aric. I was feeling defeated and at a loss. He went over my case and pointed out things I had never thought about. Not only did he win my case, he won it before seeing the judge. Worth every penny!
Posted by Dana | September 17, 2014
Solid, Trustworthy, Legal Advice
I have utilized Aric and his team for 8 years now. Aric first helped my family with an estate issue that had to be litigated, then helped me with my divorce and other issues pertaining to that down the road.I trust Aric. He is ethical and knows his stuff. He is an amazing litigator as well. I can't imagine going into court or handling anything legal without his expertise. I am fortunate that his firm handles so many different types of law so I don't think I will ever have to go to anyone else and wouldn't want to.
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Posted by Debra | December 18, 2012
Wonderful Attorney, I Highly Recommend!
Aric Melder is kind, professional and just the person I'd want on my side in a law dispute. He called himself to set up our meetings (to write and sign a will) and was able to accommodate our busy schedule. I highly recommend him and plan on keeping his name on file for whenever I should need a lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2012
Melder and Melder works for me
Going to a lawyer is always nerve racking. Aric listened. Then gave us great ideas on how to handle our case. The office staff was wonderful. I felt very comfortable talking with Aric. I would recommend Melder and Melder to anyone that needs a great, professional and understanding law firm.
Posted by Joshua | June 16, 2012
I came to Aric way too late in the game. I was going through a short sale and working with a bank that seemed to be playing, “hardball.” I was also looking at an ominous deficiency judgment. Aric completely exceeded my expectations. He has a passion for law and really looks out for his clients. Even my real estate agent at closing said that she was impressed by his knowledge and ability to produce results. Aric kept me in the loop at all times even if it was to say, “I have left several messages with the bank, I will let you know when I hear something.” He also is very pragmatic and upfront letting us know the reality of the situation. I can unequivocally recommend Aric to get the most out of your hard earned dollars.
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Posted by Rick | June 6, 2010
Best lawyer in town
Aric Melder is an amazing attorney. I came in his office distraught and not sure what to do. He calmly went through all my options and I left feeling 100% confident in my choices and with my attorney. Aric is very knowledgeable and I would recommend him to anyone. Thank you, Aric.
Posted by Dana | January 28, 2010
Great Firm
Melder & Melder has assisted myself and family with several items from divorce, real-estate and bankruptcy over the last few years. Aric Melder is not only well versed with many different legal matters but an excellent litigator for all of them. He is responsible, ethical and you can count on him and the firm to get the job done. The firm cares about their clients and go out of their way to take care of them. Their fees are very competitive. It is hard to find the right attorney, for a price you can afford. Melder & Melder surpassed my expectations and am confident that they will do the same for their other clients as well.
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Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2009
Fantastic Attorneys
I have been incredibly satisfied with the work Aric Melder has done for me, my family and my Chiropractic practice. Over the past few years Aric has been responsible for obtaining thousands of dollars in collections from patients with outstanding balances. Much of this is money that I never thought I would see. He has also done outstanding work with several family members and their estate plans. They couldn't be happier! Thank you Aric for all of your help.
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Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2008
Client Review
Aric Melder and his partner Sanford Melder were great. They were always prompt with a call back and were there for me. They made me feel like they really cared about me and my issue and fought hard for me. They are my attorney's for life.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attonrey/Counselor
  • Melder & Melder, P.C.
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Uaw Legal Services Plan
  • 2004 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Legal Aide
  • 1996 - 2004


  • Detroit College of Law, at Michigan State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Michigan State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993


  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Distinction Award
  • 2018
  • AV Rated Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Rated Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Client Distinction Award
  • 2017
  • AV Rated Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Client Distinction Award
  • 2016
  • AV Rated Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award
  • 2015
  • AV Rated Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Best Family Law Attorneys in Detroit
  • The Detroit 10
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
Endorse Aric
Family Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an asset to the legal community. He works very hard for his clients with zealous representation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I will refer clients to both Aric Melder and Sanford Melder when I have clients or receive calls from potential clients with issues involving Divorce, Probate, Will/Trust, Guardianship/Conservatorship, Debt Collection and Traffic Citations. They also have an excellent trial practice and their litigation work is phenomenal."
Divorce and separation
Chapter 13 bankruptcy