Welcome

The attorneys of Van Buren County welcome you to our website.  The purpose of this website is to provide an interface between the VBCBA, its members, and the public.  We will notify the public of news and events, and provide a way for the public to locate and contact local attorneys.

This website does not provide legal advice.  Nor does this website endorse any particular lawyers.

Some of the distinguished members of the Van Buren County legal community include the Honorable Kathleen M. Brickley, Honorable Robert T. Hetchel, Honorable Arthur H. Clarke III, Honorable Paul E. Hamre, Honorable Frank D. Willis, and Prosecuting Attorney Michael Bedford.

The current officers of the VBCBA are:

President Susan Durian Metzger,

Vice-President James R. Becker, and

Treasurer Brien Winfield Heckman.

HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER?  To become a member of the VBCBA, one must be a member of the State Bar of Michigan, be in good standing, and must pay a $50 membership fee.  If you have any questions, contact Brien Winfield Heckman at (269) 353-1111, or write to the VBCBA at VBCBA, P.O. Box 54, Paw Paw, MI 49079.

For those looking for directions to the courthouses.

The 36th Circuit Court is located at 212 E. Paw Paw St., Paw Paw, MI 49079.  The Circuit Court is a court of general jurisdiction that handles cases where the amount in controversy is over $25,000, cases related to family law, and criminal cases where the maximum possible punishment is over one year.

The 7th District Court is separated into an Eastern and Western district.  The Eastern district is located at 212 E. Paw Paw St., Paw Paw, MI 49079.  The Western district is located at 1007 E. Wells St., South Haven, MI 49090.  District Court's handle summary proceedings (Land-lord tenant matters), cases where the amount in controversy is less than $25,000, and criminal cases where the maximum penalty does not exceed one year incarceration.