Estate Planning & Probate Law

The firm has a number of highly-experienced attorneys who practice in the areas of Estate Planning and Probate Law and who represent fiduciaries and beneficiaries in all aspects of the administration of decedent’s estates, testamentary trusts and living trusts.  The Firm’s attorneys bring to those areas of our practice the same level of dedication and experience that we bring to the most complex of business and financial transactions.  Such dedication and experience is necessary in the rapidly-evolving and highly-complex areas of practice, which vitally impact the lives of our clients and their families.  We frequently work with financial planners and accountants to meet all aspects of our client’s needs.  If appropriate, we use sophisticated estate planning techniques such as irrevocable life insurance trusts, generation-skipping trusts, and family limited partnerships to maximize tax savings for our clients.

Our estate planning and probate attorneys regularly represent clients in:

  • Last Wills and Testaments
  • Tax Planning Trusts
  • Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts
  • Gifting Trusts for Children and Grandchildren
  • QPRTs, GRATs, GRUTs, CRATs and CRUTs
  • Life Insurance Matters
  • Federal Estate Tax and Michigan Inheritance Tax Matters (including preparation of tax returns)
  • Probating of Estates
  • Probate Litigation (will contests, will and trust constructions, and trustee removal actions)
  • Conservator and Guardian Issues
  • Financial Powers of Attorney
  • Health Care Powers of Attorney (Patient Advocate Designations)
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Family Limited Partnerships
  • Limited Liability Companies

Estate Planning for Retirement Benefits, including assistance in rollovers and naming designated beneficiaries.