Gaylord, Michigan Estate Planning Lawyers

Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(231) 947-2540 449 E Front St
Traverse City, MI 49686
Estate Planning, Business, Criminal and Divorce
Grayling, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(989) 348-5588 115 E Michigan Ave
Grayling, MI 49738
Estate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Real Estate
Central Lake, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(231) 544-6405 161 NE Torch Lake Dr
Central Lake, MI 49622
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(231) 946-9620 735 S Garfield Ave
Traverse City, MI 49686
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Civil Rights
Petoskey, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(231) 347-2556 215 Division St
Petoskey, MI 49770
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Cheboygan, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(231) 627-5636 1010 S Main St
Cheboygan, MI 49721
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy and Real Estate
Michael J. Swogger
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Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 30 years experience
(231) 947-6800 10691 East Carter Road, Suite 103
Traverse City, MI 49684
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Insurance Defense and Probate
Michigan State University
I am rated AV by Martindale Hubbell. I completed my Certificate of Completion for the Probate and Estate Planning Certificate Program in Michigan in 2010. I practiced in the area of insurance defense litigation from 1989 through 2012. I have tried over 60 civil jury cases. My practice now focuses on estate planning, probate, and trust administration.

I live in Northern Michigan, married with two adult children and a dog. I play guitar in 3 different rock n roll cover bands. I also attempt to sing...
Steven C. Benson
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Reed City, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 21 years experience
(906) 280-4423 PO BOX 286
Reed City, MI 49677
Estate Planning, Criminal and Domestic Violence
University of Tennessee - Knoxville and Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Lesley Hoenig
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Mount Pleasant, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 17 years experience
(989) 773-0900 407 E Broadway
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure Defense and Probate
Northern Illinois University College of Law
I am an attorney licensed to practice in Michigan, Illinois and Minnesota. I primarily practice in bankruptcy, foreclosure, real estate, estate planning and probate.
Geraldine Anne Brown
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Midland, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(989) 835-6511 412 Ashman St.
Midland, MI 48640
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business and Elder
Michigan State University College of Law
Our firm assists clients in protecting and preserving their assets and making sure those hard-earned assets are directed where the owners intend and not misused or squandered on taxes. I am also a Veterans Administration Accredited Attorney
Brian Johnson
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Elberta, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 23 years experience
(231) 383-1459 PO Box 446
Elberta, MI 49628
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business and Real Estate
University of Michigan Law School and Michigan State University
Brian L. Johnson was born and raised in Muskegon, Michigan. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Michigan State University, and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan. He is a member of the Benzie County Bar Association and the Probate and Estate Planning and Elder Law Sections of the State Bar of Michigan.

Brian’s areas of practice include estate planning, business formation, general business practice,...
Leslie Van Alstine
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Manistee, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 24 years experience
(231) 723-3250 255 River St
Manistee, MI 49660
Estate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Probate
Thomas Cooley Law School
We opened our office in Manistee, Michigan in 1995 and have been providing excellent, affordable legal services ever since. We have experienced a variety of challenges that have assisted us in developing a law practice that is particularly suited for the needs and desires of Manistee residents and visitors. We offer free initial consultations for criminal matters and personal injury cases, we only charge $100 for initial consultations for all other matters. Admitted to Practice in the State of Michigan in 1995 and Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Tribal Court in 2004. If you...
Matthew Hanley
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Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 9 years experience
(231) 486-6556 4020 Copper View, Ste 225
Traverse City, MI 49684
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Health Care, Nursing Home and Personal Injury
Santa Clara University School of Law
Janet M Mistele
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Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 30 years experience
(231) 944-3996 2640 Hedwidge Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684
Estate Planning, Animal, Criminal and Divorce
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Janet M. Mistele, J.D. is a member of the State Bar of Michigan (1989), the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan (1991), and the North Carolina State Bar (2003). Ms. Mistele earned her Juris Doctor degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where she was a member of the National Trial Team, and earned American Jurisprudence Awards for top honors in seven of her law school courses. Upon graduation from law school in 1989, Ms. Mistele accepted a position with the Michigan Court of Appeals in Lansing, Michigan as a Prehearing Attorney,...
John Joseph Rizzo III
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Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 21 years experience
(231) 437-7779 4371 Deerfield Lane
Traverse City, MI 49684
Estate Planning, Elder, Military and Social Security Disability
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and Emory University School of Law
Daniel White
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Alpena, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 42 years experience
(989) 354-4104 313 N. Second Ave.
Alpena, MI 49707
Estate Planning, Criminal, Insurance Defense and Personal Injury
Wendy K. Bailey
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Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 15 years experience
(888) 529-2259 13300 S. West Bay Shore Drive, Suite A5
Traverse City, MI 49684
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Immigration
Wayne State University Law School
Practice Areas: Immigration Law, Social Security Disability, Family Law, Estate Planning Admissions: Michigan, 2004 U.S. District Court, Eastern District, 2005 U.S. District Court, Western District, 2005 Law School: Wayne State University, J.D., 2004 Utrecht University, The Netherlands, exchange student, 2003 College: Eastern Michigan University, B.A., cum laude, 1998 La Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, México, exchange student, 1998
Carri M Briseno
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Lake City, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 6 years experience
(231) 394-0149 1501 S Morey Rd, Ste B
Lake City, MI 49651
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Landlord Tenant
J. David Kerr
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Mt Pleasant, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(989) 773-7071 205 S Main St
Mt Pleasant, MI 48858
Estate Planning, Business, Civil Rights and Elder
David T. McAndrew
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Harrison, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 21 years experience
(989) 539-2105 651 Richard Dr
Harrison, MI 48625
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Elder and Probate
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
David T. McAndrew, Attorney at Law, PLLC, was licensed in Michigan in 1998 and admitted to practice in Federal Courts. David McAndrew can assist you in stopping the harassment, the late night phone calls, wage garnishments, lawsuits, judgments, and the aggressive debt collection techniques used by many debt collectors. He will work directly with you to determine the best course of action for your individual situation.

David T. McAndrew is a member of the following:
Michigan Bar Association
Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan
Federal Bar Association, Western District of Michigan
National Association of...
Nathan Piwowarski
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Cadillac, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(231) 775-1391 120 W. Harris St.
Cadillac, MI 49601
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Municipal
Nathan Piwowarski is a shareholder and attorney at McCurdy Wotila & Porteous, a law firm that serves northern lower Michigan. Nathan's practice includes estate planning, small business transactions, and municipal law. Nathan earned his B.A. degree in 2002 from Albion College, Summa Cum Laude. He then worked on the campaign and in the legislative office of State Senator Michelle McManus. As an aide to Senator McManus, Nathan was responsible for policy areas ranging from local economic development to natural resource and environmental quality regulation. Nathan earned his J.D. degree in 2007 from the Michigan State University College of Law,...
R. Drummond Black
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Midland, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 45 years experience
(989) 839-0300 6024 Eastman Avenue
Midland, MI 48640
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
University of Michigan Law School
Todd Bailey
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Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(888) 529-2259 13300 S. West Bay Shore Dr., Suite A5
Traverse City, MI 49684
Estate Planning, Maritime, Personal Injury and Social Security Disability
Todd Bailey is a general practitioner who represents individuals and businesses with their legal needs. While Todd is physically located in Traverse City, he has clients in other areas of Northern Michigan, the State of Michigan, and other states in the country who have legal needs in Michigan. In addition, Todd's practice in Maritime law may also involve his involvement in federal courts throughout the country. Todd is able to represent clients who are located outside the Traverse City area due to his availability by telephone, fax, mail, and email.
Mark R. Mitchell
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Cadillac, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 29 years experience
(231) 775-7300 124 E Chapin St
Cadillac, MI 49601
Estate Planning, Business, Collections and Criminal
Cadillac, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(231) 775-1391 120 W Harris St
Cadillac, MI 49601
Estate Planning, Divorce and Family
Cadillac, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(231) 775-0147 1200 S Mitchell St
Cadillac, MI 49601
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Manistee, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(231) 723-8333 414 Water St
Manistee, MI 49660
Estate Planning, Business and Municipal
Midland, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(989) 832-1816 816 W Wackerly St
Midland, MI 48640
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Mt Pleasant, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(989) 775-7075 999 S Leaton Rd
Mt Pleasant, MI 48858
Estate Planning, Native American and Real Estate
Midland, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(989) 837-2688 121 McDonald St
Midland, MI 48640
Estate Planning, Environmental and Real Estate
Alpena, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 19 years experience
(989) 356-8800 116 S 1st Ave
Alpena, MI 49707
Estate Planning, Business, Construction and Elder
Mt Pleasant, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 37 years experience
(989) 772-4894 117 S University Ave
Mt Pleasant, MI 48858
Estate Planning
Clare, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(989) 429-7912 5986 E Dover Rd
Clare, MI 48617
Estate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Social Security Disability
Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(231) 929-0500 100 Park St
Traverse City, MI 49684
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(231) 941-1850 3230 Racquet Club Dr
Traverse City, MI 49684
Estate Planning and Business
Midland, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(989) 839-0300 6024 Eastman Ave
Midland, MI 48640
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation and Tax
Alpena, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(989) 356-3444 109 E Chisholm St
Alpena, MI 49707
Estate Planning, Business, Divorce and Family
Cadillac, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(231) 775-2500 315 N Mitchell St
Cadillac, MI 49601
Estate Planning, Divorce and Family
Lake City, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(231) 839-4326 1501 S Morey Rd
Lake City, MI 49651
Estate Planning, Criminal and Real Estate
Mt Pleasant, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(989) 772-5291 113 W Broadway St
Mt Pleasant, MI 48858
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
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Planning your estate?

Estate planning arranges for the transfer of an individual's estate at the time of death. An estate consists of all property owned at death before it is distributed by will, trust, or intestacy laws. An estate may contain both real property and personal property. Estate planning allows an individual to decide exactly who will benefit from his or her estate, and to what extent. It can also reduce the taxes imposed on the transfer of assets at death.

An experienced estate planning lawyer can help minimize the amount of the estate surrendered to taxes as well as ensure that the management and distribution of the estate is carried out according to your plans. Particularly when your plans are complex and/or you have substantial property or assets, it is important to have an attorney who can ensure that your plan functions the way you intend. Depending on the complexity of your individual situation, your estate planning team may include attorneys, financial planners, bankers and insurance professionals. Some states certify attorneys as estate planning specialists, which means they have met certain requirements for experience, education, and testing in that field.


Fiduciary: A person or institution who manages money or property for another and who must exercise a standard care imposed by law, i.e., personal representative or executor of an estate, a trustee, etc.

Personal representative: The person who administers an estate. If named in a will, that person's title is an executor. If there is no valid will, that person's title is an administrator.