Jim Wald is an attorney licensed to practice law in the state of Michigan. For more than fifteen years Jim has dedicated his practice primarily to estate planning, special needs planning, estate and trust administration and litigation, guardianships and conservatorships, elder law, and veterans benefits. Jim also practices in the areas of real estate and business law.
In 1985, Jim received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism, with Honors, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Following his graduation from the University of Illinois, Jim received his Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude, from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. While in law school, Jim earned Certificates of Achievement in Taxation, Advanced Legal Writing, Trial Advocacy, and Constitutional Law.
Jim is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association, the Brighton Bar Association, and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Jim is a member of the Probate & Estate Planning section of the Michigan Bar and has also received his accreditation from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
Jim formed his own practice in 2008 and maintains his office in downtown Brighton. Although he concentrates his practice in Livingston County, Jim also represents clients in Oakland, Wayne, Washtenaw, and Macomb counties, and is available to meet his clients in their homes or other locations convenient to his clients.
John Hughes is an attorney licensed to practice law in the states of California and Michigan. John grew up in Brighton and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan. After college, John moved to southern California and earned his Juris Doctorate, Magna Cum Laude, from Chapman University Fowler School of Law in Orange, California.
While in law school, John earned a full merit scholarship, won CALI awards for earning the highest class grades in Contracts, Property, Legal Research and Writing, and Federal Courts, and was awarded the National Order of Scribes award for excellence in legal writing and professionalism upon graduation. He was also heavily involved on his law school campus, working as Production Editor for the Chapman Law Review, a research assistant for a multiple professors, and a teaching assistant for Legal Research and Writing and Constitutional Law.
Prior to associating with James G. Wald, P.C. as Of Counsel in October 2017, John practiced employment law and criminal defense for two years in southern California. John is a member of the Probate & Estate Planning Section of the Michigan Bar and currently serves as a guardian ad litem in probate matters for Livingston and Oakland County.