John Sims has handled criminal defense matters throughout the country, including the defense in the People of the State of Michigan vs Bradford King as seen on A&E television.  He handles felonies and misdemeanor charges in all state and federal courts.

Social Security Disability

Going through a divorce or custody action can be a very stressful time.  With over 25 years of experience in family law, Jan can help make the process less intimidating.  She can assist you through every step of your divorce, custody, parenting time or support issue.  Jan has also been selected by her colleagues as a mediator in cases involving family law issues.

​​​Criminal Defense

Practice Areas

Social Security provides benefits to persons who have a limitations from a condition lasting 12 months or more if the disability prevents them from earning gainful employment.  Jan assists claimants seeking benefits under the Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs.  Jan has been serving on the Social Security Section Council of the State Bar of Michigan since 2010 and was recently elected to lead the section as its Chair.

​​​Family Law

As attorneys in a small town, we have the unique experience of assisting others with all aspects of the law that touch families.  We don't do everything, but almost. We have listed a few areas of the law for which we have a particular passion. 

​​​Probate & Estate Planning

SIMS & STERN, PC​   Attorneys at Law

​​Assisting Families, the Injured & Disabled

With proper estate planning, your wishes concerning your personal care and finances are carried out during times of disability and after death.  Jan can assist you with Wills, Trusts, estate administration, powers of attorney, health care directives, conservatorships, guardianships, involuntary hospitalizations and probate litigation.  Jan has been appointed by the Calhoun County Probate court as a special investigator in hundreds of cases.
Throughout John's 40 years of legal practice, he has represented injured workers and employers in worker's compensation cases.  If you have been injured on the job, you may be entitled to benefits under Michigan's Worker's Disability Compensation Act.  Compensation is available for wages, medical expenses and vocational rehabilitation.  John's expertise in this area of law is well recognized and well respected throughout the state.  He served as past Chair of the Worker's Disability Compensation Section of the Michigan State Bar.

​​​​Worker's Compensation