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Ms. DeRose began her own law practice in 1982 and has been a  lawyer in South Bend, Indiana for over 40 years. Her mission is to provide personalized attention, attentiveness to detail and reasonable rates to her clients in the South Bend area. With strong litigation and appellate experience, Ms. DeRose offers  general practice services. These include concentration in family law, wills, trusts and estates,  small business, personal injury,  contracts, Chapter 7 bankruptcy employment law, civil rights.  She is a certified family law and civil law mediator. She has also served as court-appointed guardian ad litem on many cases. Her fees are very reasonable considering her lengthy experience and skill level.

“People don’t need lawyers when they’re doing fine and things are good; lawyers are usually for the bad times, for the unsolvable problems, for failing relationships, when things are at their worst. For those times a lawyer should know more than just the law; a lawyer must understand human behavior, be a problem solver, a peace maker, yet a realist, willing and able to advocate zealously for the client. A lawyer must take care not to promise a perfect outcome, but neither to suggest gloom or dire results. Supportive, encouraging, positive, a good lawyer is a skilled pilot in turbulence, steering always with safe landing as the goal.”  Aladean M. DeRose

Aladean DeRose strives to be a model for lawyer as counselor. Legal success is when clients themselves find their way out of conflict through solid legal advice, information, and their lawyer’s effective advocacy. Aladean provides individualized solutions to legal problems and spends time listening. With over 40 years of trial experience in state and federal courts as well as appellate courts, Aladean’s solid courtroom credentials and personal attention to clients assures that clients are in good legal hands.

  • "Being a lawyer is not merely a vocation. It is a public trust, and each of us has an obligation to give back to our communities. "  -Janet Reno

  • "Law is nothing else but the best reason of wise men applied for ages to the transactions and business of mankind. "  -Recollected Words of Abraham Lincoln

  • "The law: it has honored us; may we honor it"  -Daniel Webster

  • "The good lawyer is not the man who has an eye to every side and angle of contingency, and qualifies all his qualifications, but who throws himself on your part so heartily, that he can get you out of a scrape. "  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "I’m a lawyer. I go for due process; I go for fairness and equity- These values mean a lot to me"  -Mohamed ElBaradei

  • "The courts of this country should not be the places where resolution of disputes begins. They should be the places where the disputes end after alternative methods of resolving disputes have been considered and tried "  -Sandra Day O’Connor

  • "There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free and want and that they can grow up in peace. "  -Kofi Annan

  • "Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. "  -Frederick Douglass

Our Office
  • South Bend Office
    205 West Jefferson Boulevard
    Suite 600A
    South Bend, Indiana 46601
    Phone: (574) 234-5091
    Fax: (574) 233-8018