By way of personal background, Jim Prince attended Western Michigan Christian High School in Muskegon, Michigan, and Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Jim graduated from Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan, in 1981 and has practiced in Hart in the same location ever since. He started his practice at that time in a law firm with several attorneys, and is currently practicing in partnership with attorney Brian Monton.
Jim first considered law as a profession during college, having grown up watching his father practice law in nearby Shelby, Michigan. He wanted a career that would allow him to come back to live in Oceana County, and he believes that practicing law here has allowed him to do that in a very fulfilling way.
With more than 30 years of experience in many areas of law, Jim has chosen to focus his practice in the areas of real estate and agricultural law, business law, wills/trusts/estate planning, and probate law.
Jim has nearly 30 years of membership on the Board of Directors for the West Michigan Mental Health System, and currently serves as its President. He is a past President of the Oceana County Bar Association and is its current Treasurer. Jim has also served many terms on the Board of his church and of the New Era Christian School.
Brian is a native of Oceana County, and a graduate of Pentwater High School. He went on to graduate from Northern Michigan University and from the Michigan State University College of Law with high honors (magna cum laude). During law school, Brian served as a judicial intern in the Prehearing Division of the Michigan Court of Appeals and as a judicial intern for the Honorable Bill Schuette. He was also a member of the Michigan State University College of Law Journal of Business & Securities Law.
After law school, Brian came back to West Michigan to practice law. In 2010, Brian was appointed as the Attorney-Magistrate for the 78th District Court of Oceana County where he served for three years before leaving to form the law firm of Prince & Monton, PLC, in 2013.
Brian represents clients in the areas of business law, real estate and agricultural law, probate/estate planning, appellate law, divorce involving property division, and general civil litigation. Brian also devotes a significant portion of his time to representing municipalities, including many local townships.
Brian is a member of the Government Law, Probate & Estate Planning, and Real Property Law Sections of the State Bar of Michigan. In addition, Brian is a member of the Michigan Townships Association and the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys.
Community and Civic Involvement:
- Hart Rotary Club, Board Member, Past-President (2013-2014)
- Michigan Association for District Court Magistrates, Past-Board Member (2011-2013)
- Shoreline Cycling Club, Board Member, Past-President and Secretary
- Oceana County Bar Association, Past-President
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