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I've been married since 1994, have 4 children, a chocolate lab, and a rabbit.  My interests include boating, camping, and attending my childrens sports and other events.  I enjoy reading, and travel.


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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy: 70%
    21 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Estate Planning: 30%
    28 years, 200 cases



Hourly ($175-225/hour), Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Glenn R. Matecun

    I have worked with Frank on several matters and have always found him to be an excellent attorney and a good person. I have also followed Frank's responses to questions asked by those in need of legal assistance through this website. He donates his time on a regular basis to answer questions for those in need of legal help. His responses are always professional and helpful, and he gives practical guidance to those in need of legal services. I highly recommend him as an attorney.


    Glenn Matecun Estate planning Attorney
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  • Jeffrey Z. Dworin

    Francis is a thorough, conscientious and caring attorney with a well deserved fine reputation in the community. I regularly refer clients in need of estate planning and bankruptcy to his office, knowing that they will be well represented and treated.


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Contact info

Attorney Francis N. Soave & Associates

301 Orchard St. Ste. 2
Saint Clair, MI, 48079-5496

Attorney Francis N. Soave & Associates

132 Cass Avenue
Mount Clemens, MI, 48043-2230

Attorney Francis N. Soave & Associates

615 Griswold St. Ste. 700
Detroit, MI, 48226-3535



MIActive And In Good Standing198808/03/2016
MAAdministrative Suspension198807/30/2016

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Suspension
    issued in MI, 2014


    Suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

  2. Interim Suspension
    issued in MI, 2013


    Interim suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice during a disciplinary investigation. The suspension typically expires when the investigation is resolved.

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV Rating for Legal Ability and EthicsMartindale-Hubbell2011
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
Certified in Estate PlanningInstitute for Continuing Legal Education2005
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1999
American Jurisprudence Book AwardThomson West1987
Joseph Tauro ScholarBoston University School of Law1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Director Real EstateCity Management Corporation1989 - 2004
AssociateO'Reilly Rancilio, PLC1987 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bankruptcy InstituteMember2010 - Present
St. Clair County Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Consumer Bankruptcy AssociationMember1998 - Present
Macomb County Bar AssociationMember1988 - 2001
Boston Bar AssociationMember1987 - 1988
New York State Bar AssociationMember1987 - 1988
Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Student ChapterTreasurer1984 - 1987
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Confidentialdischarge unsecured debt, save operating business
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Publication nameTitleDate
Crain's Detroit Business"Know Which Red Flags Signal Bankruptcy"2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Wayne State UniversityBusiness AdministrationBA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Estate Planning and Life InsuranceWills, Trusts, Estate Taxes2007
Estate Planning, Life Insurance and MedicaidTrusts, Wills, Powers of Attorney and Medicaid Plans2002