150 N. Michigan Ave. Ste. 1420
Chicago, IL 60601

Margaret J. Nichols

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Margaret J. Nichols, PLLC and Of Counsel to Nichols Sacks Slank Sendelbach & Buiteweg PC

Contact Information

Margaret J. Nichols, PLLC
2573 Indian Trail
Evart MI 49631
Work (734) 645-5352
Fax (734) 994-1557

Work (734) 994-3000

Practice State



In practice for 37 years, I've learned a bit about human nature, a lot of it good. Working with each new client has proved very satisfying over the years.  I try to focus clients on the future, letting them know that they will be taking with them an appropriate share of the family resources. Clients are relieved to hear that they are not going to have to make decisions about their future until they know they will be all right.  This means becoming familiar with the changing dynamics of the family structure, parenting time, budgeting and  financial planning.  Importantly, I let them know that I will be there for them as they acquire this confidence. I'm now practicing in Arizona as well as Michigan.  


Practice emphasizes Alternate Dispute Resolution


  • Washtenaw, Michigan


Undergraduate:  Kalamazoo College, B.A., 1970

Master of Library Science: Western Michigan University, 1971

Juris Doctor:  Wayne State University, 1977

Legal Organizations

Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated since 1997; Family Court Forum, Organizer, 2000-Present; Colloborative Practice Institute of Michigan, Board, 2003-2007; American Bar Assn., Commissioner, Commission on IOLTA 2003-2006, Board of National Assn. of IOLTA Programs, 2006-2010, State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section, chairperson 2000-2001, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Attorney Discipline Board, Panelist; Women Lawyers Assn. of Michigan, Washtenaw Region, Secretary 1985-1986; Washtenaw County Bar Assn., President, 1990-1991, Past Chair, Family Law Section; Academy of Family Mediators, Practitioner Member, 1986-2001 ; Assn. of Conflict Resolution, Practitioner Member, 2001 to present; Michigan State Bar Foundation, Fellow and Trustee, President, 2000 to Present; Past President, Alzheimer's Assn. of South Central Michigan.


Strathmore's "Who's Who", 1997-1998; Washtenaw County, Patriot Award, 1996; State Bar Michael Franck Award, 2001; Super Lawyers: Michigan, 2006-Present.

CLE Presentations

"Handle Property Division and Spousal Support Issues Like a Pro", ICLE, 2013. "Patient Privileges in Divorce Practice", 2003; "Ethical Considerations for the Family Law Practioner", American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Michigan Chapter, 2001; "ABC's of ADR", Family Law Section, 2000; American Academy of Matrimonial Lwayers, Michigan Chapter, 1999; "Negotiating and Drafting the Divorce Settlement", Institute for CLE, 1998. ICLE Family Law Institute, Presenter on various matters including: tax, custody, alternative dispute resolution, basic divorce practice and retirement asset distribution; Annual, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Presenter on various topics as above: plus legislative and caselaw changes regarding grandparent parenting time and ethical considerations for the family law practitioner.


"Discovery" and "Valuation" Chapter 2, QDROs, EDROs and Retirement Benefits, ICLE, 1993 and updates.

AAML Chapter

President, Michigan Chapter, 2005-2006. Board of Managers, 2001-2006.

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