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Sterling Legal Services

of excellent quality, of the highest standard, of full value

Our team serves clients in all of northern lower Michigan and the eastern Upper Peninsula.  Experience, integrity, compassion, and tenacity are traits all of our staff share. You can be sure, our "sterling" staff is on your side. We work as a team with our clients to define and achieve their legal goals. We seek for our clients' dignity and fairness and for all we seek social justice in a biased system. We care for our clients by totally dedicating ourselves to their cases, by giving guidance and answering questions in a timely effective way, and by being well-prepared in court. We take our clients' cases to heart and pursue their goals with the talent and resources of our minds and our 50-plus years of experience.

About Us

Our Mission

To give our clients sterling legal services – genuine, of excellent quality, of the highest standard. We work as a team with our clients to define and achieve their legal goals. We seek for our clients dignity and fairness and for all we seek social justice in a biased system. We care for our clients by totally dedicating ourselves to their cases, by giving guidance and answering questions in a timely effective way, and by being well-prepared in court. We take our clients' cases to heart and pursue their goals with the talent and resources of our minds and our 50-plus years of experience.

Our Experience

Our Team

Our sterling staff holds itself to the highest standards in all practices and dealings with our clients and other legal professionals, in and out of the courtroom. We are thoroughly prepared for hearings and trials. We practice open, full, and timely communication on all issues of a client’s case and all questions that arise. Our Team serves clients in all of northern lower Michigan and the eastern Upper Peninsula. Experience, integrity, compassion, and tenacity are traits all of our staff share. You can be sure, our "sterling" staff is on your side.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

Your time was always well spent on necessary research, preparation, all areas pertaining to my case - often beyond my expectations, always with beneficial results. Your advice and forethought plus experience was appreciated. Under such emotional circumstances it was a great comfort to put my trust in your judgment.
- Judy R., Divorce Client
Everything related to my case was handled and I was informed in a timely manner. There was nothing I could ask for done better. Thank you for everything you have done for me. I will definitely contact you if I need any legal services.
- Irfan, B., Immigration Client
The whole team was great!
- Brian R., Divorce Client
Mr. Backlund always kept me informed from the very beginning and until the end of my case in a very professional and friendly manner. He explained all of the financial options referring to my case and helped me to make an informed decision. I will always keep Mr. Backlund in mind.
- Jeffrey E., Divorce Client
Zach was outstanding in every way. Very prompt and informative responses and follow up on questions.
- Gregory H., Real Estate Client
From my first phone call until my case was completely resolved - everyone at Sterling Law was extremely kind and helpful. I never had to inquire regarding the status of my case - Jennifer kept me completely informed at all times. I would highly recommend Jennifer to anyone who asked for an attorney recommendation.
- Diane B., Divorce Client
Everyone was so friendly and helpful, especially since we are states away! It all ended up as we had originally wanted and Steve was an integral part of that happening. Appreciated the prompt email and call responses.
- Joshua H., Custody Client
Excellent service - went the extra mile. Lea Ann and staff, you are the best! Very accommodating.
- Carol N., Estate Plan Client
Felt that Steve genuinely cared about the case and myself. Steve was great to work with and is an honest and caring individual. Front office staff were very friendly and helpful.
- Donald S., Divorce Client
"I felt comfortable, safe, and like I was known when I called or stopped in. All staff were nice and helpful...I appreciated the fact that you always kept my child's best interest in mind. Thank you!"
- Kylie H., Child Custody Client
"Thank you again for all of your assistance in helping us prepare our Legal Permanent Resident Application. We attribute the ease and success of the entire process to our relationship in working with you. We both wish you much success for the future and are extremely grateful for your help."
- Zach & Shannon B., Immigration Clients
"Steve was always warm and friendly in the hallway but he knew how to "turn it on" in close quarters with the opposition. Steve was great to work with. ...I do know Steve did everything within his power to stop the bleeding and end it quickly. I appreciate that because I wanted it over with quickly. Good job Steve."
- Matthew M., Divorce Client
"Every time I stopped by or called, everyone at Sterling Law Office was very helpful and friendly. I was very pleased with the attention to my case. I believe your attention and contacts made this happen. We are delighted with the results."
- Immigration Client, now a Legal Permanent Resident
"My first attorney told me there was nothing I could do. I called you and it was all handled very quickly. You were upbeat and positive-minded. Thank you so much. You have made all the difference and brought this to an end! Thank you!"
- Lloyd V., Termination of Spousal Support Client
"Sterling Law Office attorneys really listen to the client, keep the client informed, and answer all questions. I have worked with other attorneys who forgot what I told them, didn’t listen, and left me in the dark about my case. I’d highly recommend Sterling Law."
- Josh H., Divorce and Custody Client
"I threw Sterling Law Office the ball. They ran with it for a touchdown. It doesn’t get any better than that. I am lucky. I had a very positive experience with Sterling Law Office from day one. Their office is first rate."
- Todd K., Social Security Disability Client
"I truly enjoyed working with Agnes. She is professional, knowledgeable, pleasant, and I would highly recommend her services to anyone."
- Marilyn S., Estate Plan Client
"Sterling Law Office and associates from day one have answered all of our questions concerning our case. They have been there every time we had a problem and we believe they have gone the extra mile for us. We would recommend Lea Ann and her staff for anyone seeking legal assistance."
- Joseph and Julie L., Construction Site Accident Clients
"It is a great relief to have our “affairs” in order. The way it is organized is excellent. Thank you."
- Richard C., Estate Planning Client
"Everyone in the office was great. Steve was awesome; always well prepared. I felt that everyone was genuinely concerned with my case. I would recommend Steve and Sterling Law Office to everyone."
- Seth B., Family Law Client
"I could not be happier with the service I received. You have compassion which goes a long way. I will always appreciate the help you gave me."
- Ronald L., Social Security Disability Client
"Agnes and Robin did a great job. If or should I say when I next need legal services, I will seek Agnes Jury."
- Stephen W., Divorce Client
"Steve was available and willing to help us with questions through the whole thing, and spent a lot of time on our case (we were chosen for audit) and never attempted to charge us more than the original agreed upon amount."
- Bankruptcy Client
"Your advice was excellent! You both were wonderful and we appreciated your care and concern when we were in a very uncertain situation."
- Martha M. D. and Babu D., Immigration Clients
"Lea Ann / Sterling Law was exactly what I was looking for. Sterling Law gave me the personal attention my case needed. Sterling Law eased my concerns and helped develop a rock solid custody case. When it came down to our day in court, Sterling Law was very organized and prepared. Great personal attention, great organization, great attorney!"
- Andy A., Child Custody Client
"Experienced Staff. Well versed in matters affecting my case. Excellent communication...Always prepared. Thank you."
- Thomas L., Family Law Client

Family Law & Adam

ADAM: American Divorce Association for Men

Sterling Law areas of practice include specialization in advocacy and divorce tailored for men. Sterling Law has a strong and successful history of representing both women and men in all areas of family law, including divorce.

Call Sterling Law at (231) 486-0559 / (989) 705-2326
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