Areas of Practice

With offices in Worcester, Massachusetts Michael M. Franklin is an experienced trial attorney in the areas of Family Law, Divorce, Probate and Criminal Defense. His practice is statewide. In addition, he is an experienced mediator.

Probate and Family Law

Attorney Franklin is an experienced family law lawyer and has litigated hundreds of divorce and divorce-related cases to the satisfaction of his clients. Attorney Franklin handles:

  • Divorces in Massachusetts
  • Modifications of Divorce Judgments
  • Contempt Actions to enforce Probate and Family Court Judgments
  • Paternity Actions
  • Cases involving Child Support, Custody, Visitation, Medical and Dental Insurance, and College Tuition
  • Abuse Prevention Orders
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Adoptions
  • Guardianships and
  • All other areas of Family Law.

His philosophy is to first establish a dialogue in family law disputes and work toward reaching an amicable solution through divorce mediation. This results in his clients saving thousands of dollars in otherwise protracted legal disputes. However, some divorce cases do require trial. In those cases, Attorney Franklin’s experience, oratory skills, thorough preparation and assertiveness have delivered excellent results for his clients. Attorney Franklin’s familiarity and outstanding reputation with judges in family law, probate and criminal law matters serve his clients well. Attorney Franklin understands that divorce can be an emotionally trying experience. He prides himself in delivering personal service, returning client’s telephone calls and making himself available for his clients during this difficult time.


Attorney Franklin is also a certified family law and divorce mediator. Mediation is the process by which two parties going through a divorce or divorce-related matter choose to hire an objective mediator to help them resolve all of the issues involved outside of court. Both parties must be committed to resolving such issues outside of the traditional litigation process. Since Attorney Franklin is also a trial attorney, he is able to provide his clients with the additional perspective of how a court might resolve their matter.

Criminal Defense

In addition, Attorney Franklin is a seasoned criminal defense trial attorney. Attorney Franklin has litigated hundreds of criminal defense cases in the Massachusetts District Court. These cases involve:

  • Operating under the influence of alcohol/drugs (OUI);
  • Assault and Battery;
  • Abuse Prevention Order Violations;
  • Drug cases;
  • Motor Vehicle stops, including illegal search and seizures of evidence; and
  • All other areas of Criminal Law.

Attorney Franklin’s reputation and rapport with prosecutors as well as judges has resulted in non-convictions and the dismissal of criminal charges against his clients. Many cases which Attorney Franklin has tried have also resulted in his clients being found Not Guilty of criminal charges against them.

Probate Matters

Finally, Attorney Franklin also handles Probate Matters:

  • Probation of Estates;
  • Drafting of Wills;
  • Drafting of Power of Attorney; and
  • Drafting of Health Care Proxys;

Personal / Professional Experience

Attorney Michael M. Franklin was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1963. Attorney Franklin began his legal internship in the prestigious family law firm of Norman and Ricci in 1984 while a junior at Clark University. He maintained a relationship with this firm throughout law school at Western New England College School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Franklin worked as an associate attorney at Norman and Ricci from 1991 until 1993. Mr. Franklin has maintained his own law practice since 1995. He has been a certified family law mediator since 2000.

Worcester lawyer, Attorney Michael Franklin represents individuals and businesses in Worcester, Massachusetts and the Worcester County region including the cities and towns of Auburn, Boylston, Clinton, Charlton, Holden, Leominster, Leicester, Paxton, Shrewsbury, Sturbridge, Westborough, Northborough, Webster, Dudley, and Oxford, Massachusetts.