Michael D. Birchmore

Michael D. Birchmore

Committed Representation with 30 Years of Experience
  • Family Law, Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation
  • Georgia
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Biography

As an athlete for 20 years, Mike recognizes the benefits of hard work, proper training and being prepared for the competition. Today, these traits help him achieve winning results for his clients. A graduate of the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, Mike has litigated in a diverse range of law throughout Georgia and has appeared as lead trial counsel in 47 Georgia counties. Mike has served as co-counsel with some of Atlanta's largest firms, and he has also represented family members of some of the best known attorneys in the country. He is an experienced trial attorney representing parties in divorce, alimony, child custody, child support, property division, pre-nuptial agreements, grandparent’s visitation, modifications and legitimations. Mike is especially proud of the fact that lawyers and judges have asked him to represent them in their own personal matters. Mike has been appointed, and has served, as a Special Assistant District Attorney, a Special Master, and has been appointed by the Courts as a Guardian ad Litem for children and the elderly. Additionally, Mike has been rated confidentially and independently by other attorneys through the Martindale-Hubbell attorney rating process as having an exemplary reputation, a high professional standing and a well-established practice with a significant client base. He has received the highest rating through this same process regarding his ethical standards evidencing his adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability, diligence and other attributes relevant to the discharge of his professional responsibilities. In 2005, the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission recommended Mike to Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as being "Well Qualified" to be a Superior Court Judge in the state, and in 2015 he began hosting the radio show "Ask the Lawyer" heard in four states.

Education
Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law
J.D. (1990) | Law
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Lipscomb University
B.S. (1987) | Accounting / Economics
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Professional Experience
Guardian ad Litem (GAL)
Superior Courts of Georgia
Current
Special Assistant District Attorney
Superior Courts of Georgia
Current
Special Master
Superior Courts of Georgia
Current
Attorney at Law
Georgia Lawyer
- Current
Certifications
Mediator & Arbitrator
GA Office of Dispute Resolution
Professional Associations
Georgia State Bar
Member
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Georgia
State Bar of Georgia
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Tennessee
Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee
ID Number: Surrendered license in good standing
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Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa, MasterCard, Discover & American Express, we also accept Cash and Checks
Practice Areas
    Family Law
    Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Divorce
    Contested Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Family Arbitration
Additional Practice Areas
  • Custody Disputes
  • Hearings & Trials
  • Child Custody & Child Support Modifications
  • Divorce & Separation
  • Legitimation Actions
  • Paternity Actions
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements
Languages
  • English
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. In Georgia, can you attach a fire escape ladder outside of your second or third or fourth story window? Permanently?
A: You will need to check with your local city, county authorities to determine what type of permits and inspections will be necessary for your particular location.
Q. I wanted to ask if a mobile that has only the steps attached, no wheels and axles is it affixed or personal property ?
A: If the axle for trailer has been removed and the trailer is now "seated," it is considered to be real property (like land, house, etc.) and no longer personal property. You did not provide many facts in your question. Accordingly, you should meet with a real estate attorney to confirm that I have correctly described your situation.
Q. In Georgia, can parent of 10 year old legally transfer the childs registered horse to another party?
A: IN TRUTH, THE 10 YEAR OLD IS A MINOR CHILD. MINORS BY LAW CANNOT CONTRACT WITH OTHER PARTIES, CANNOT OWN REAL PROPERTY (PER SE IN THEIR NAME), ETC. THIS ISSUE RECENTLY CAME UP IN ONE OF MY DIVORCE CASES; WHAT TO DO WITH "THE HORSE SITUATION?" THE AQHA IS ALLOWED TO MAKE THEIR OWN RULES IN THIS SITUATION. UNTIL THE MINOR ACHEIVES THE AGE OF MAJORITY (18 IN MOST STATES) THE MINOR WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACT AS AN ADULT. IN THIS SITUATION, THE CHILD WILL NEED A TRUST CREATED AND A TRUSTEE APPOINTED BY THE COURT. OWNERSHIP OF THE HORSE WILL BE HELD IN THE TRUST AND THE TRUSTEE WILL HAVE CONTROL OVER THE TRUST (SUBJECT TO COURT APPROVAL). YOU WILL NEED AN ATTORNEY TO ASSIST YOU WITH THIS MATTER.
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Contact & Map
Daniels & Taylor, P.C.
390 West Crogan Street
Suite 300
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Telephone: (770) 962-4070