Ithaca, Michigan Estate Planning Lawyers

Alma, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(989) 463-2101 214 E Superior St
Alma, MI 48801
Estate Planning, Business, Collections and Elder
Alma, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(989) 463-2101 214 E Superior St
Alma, MI 48801
Estate Planning, Collections, Employment and Insurance Defense
Trent C. Hilding
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Vestaburg, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(989) 427-3436 4070 N. Crystal Road
Vestaburg, MI 48891
Estate Planning, Agricultural, Probate and Tax
Raymond Harris
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East Lansing, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 years experience
(517) 853-6900 271 Woodland Pass
Ste 115
East Lansing, MI 48823
Estate Planning, Elder and Social Security Disability
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Raymond A. Harris is a shareholder with Buhl, Little, Lynwood & Harris, PLC in East Lansing, Michigan. He practices in the areas of estate planning, elder law, probate and trust administration and litigation, guardianships and conservatorships, special needs planning, and Medicaid planning. Raymond is licensed to practice in both Michigan and Florida. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and serves on the board of directors for the Michigan NAELA chapter. Raymond is a frequent speaker and author on topics relating to Medicaid planning, special needs planning, elder law, probate,...
Travis I Dafoe
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Frankenmuth, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 10 years experience
(989) 321-2330 160 S. Main St, Ste 4
Frankenmuth, MI 48734
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Real Estate
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
I enjoy the interaction with people where I can explain something that may seem complex in a way that helps them understand. As a former teacher, I do enjoy those ah-ha moments where things click. I enjoy talking with clients and getting to know them and their situation, so that I can find the best possible solutions for their needs. I believe that effective estate planning is a critical component of my client’s life planning. I believe that family fights over inheritance are unnecessary and wasteful. Families achieve better outcomes through planning rather than fighting. While it is...
Jared Austin
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Lansing , MI Estate Planning Attorney
(517) 614-1983 909 N. Washington Ave.
Lansing , MI 48906
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Appeals, Criminal and Divorce
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
I am a solo attorney operating in the heart of the capitol city of Lansing, MI. For your convenience, I offer home visits and weekend appointments to better accomodate your schedule. My main areas of practice include: Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation, Constitutional Law, Family Law, and Wills and Estate Planning. Don't hesitate to give a call for your FREE consultation!
Robert J. Gavin
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11313 Troon Drive
Stanwood, MI 49346
Stanwood, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 11 years experience
Estate Planning, Construction, Municipal and Real Estate
DePaul College of Law
Robert Gavin is the Senior Associate at Shifman & Carlson, P.C. He has been practicing law since 2008, and was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2015, 2018, and 2019. He was also listed by DBusiness Magazine as a Top Lawyer in the Metro Detroit Area for Public Finance Law in both 2014, 2017, and 2018.

Rob brings a wide variety of skills and a diverse background to bear for his clients, including his experience with contract negotiation, employee issues, construction issues. Rob's undergraduate degree is in engineering, which has also been useful to clients during construction issues and in...
Julie Gafkay
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Frankenmuth, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 24 years experience
(877) 524-4529 175 S. Main Street
Frankenmuth, MI 48734
Estate Planning, Civil Rights, Elder and Probate
Julie A. Gafkay graduated from Michigan State University in 1992 with a dual major in criminal justice and political theory. She graduated from Whittier Law School in 1995 with honors. Her first position was in Flint, Michigan focusing on civil rights and employment discrimination. In 2003, Attorney Gafkay opened her own statewide practice in Frankenmuth, Michigan. The practice's attorneys provide a general practice to the local area providing legal services in Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Business Planning, contract review, landlord/tenant issues, real estate, employment issues and other general practice areas. Attorney Gafkay has...
Aaron S. Coltrane
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Saginaw, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 5 years experience
(989) 275-4365 803 N. Michigan Ave.
Located in the Shek Law Building
Saginaw, MI 48602
Estate Planning, Criminal, Family and Probate
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
I am a dedicated Attorney serving the great state of Michigan from Lansing to Traverse City, and all surrounding areas. I have a strong belief in our rights of life, liberty and freedom, as citizens of this great country, and I will do everything within my power to prevent my client's rights from being abridged. I specialize in the areas of Criminal Defense, Family Law, Personal Injury, No Fault, and civil litigation, but I devote myself to helping anyone in need, no matter the legal significance. I pride myself on providing personalized services and obtaining the best...
Stuart G. K. Williams
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Lansing, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 14 years experience
(517) 853-7542 115 W. Allegan Street
Suite 720
Lansing, MI 48933
Free ConsultationEstate Planning
Michigan State University
I have been a lawyer since 2005 and live in The Greater Lansing Area with my wife and two children. I created the Family Wills & Trusts law firm to improve upon critical short-comings in the estate planning industry, that my family experienced first hand. If you want to know with certainty that your family will receive the most value possible from your estate and that your planning goals will be accomplished, I invite you to schedule a personal planning session with me in Lansing.

More about me: I am an MSU College of Law alumni and a...
Scot C. Putzig
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Saginaw, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 6 years experience
(989) 799-5000 5195 Hampton Pl
Saginaw, MI 48604
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
University of Notre Dame
Scot focuses on business law, real estate development, employment law, estate planning, probate, and commercial litigation. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and his J.D., with cum laude honors, from the Notre Dame Law School. While at Notre Dame, Scot was an editor with the Journal of Legislation and clerked for the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Flint, MI, and the Michigan Supreme Court in Lansing, MI. After graduating from Notre Dame Law School, Scot clerked with the Michigan Court of Appeals in Grand Rapids, MI. In January of...
George Zulakis
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Okemos, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 41 years experience
(517) 349-5011 4127 Okemos Rd
Suite 4
Okemos, MI 48864
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
George Zulakis has successfully represented clients in criminal and juvenile matters for over 30 years. He is a recognized leader in the field of criminal defense and has been nominated by his peers for Lead Counsel Rating in state felonies and misdemeanors and for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (DUI subspecialty, 2009-2016). Mr. Zulakis has experience in many areas of criminal defense, including DUI/drunk driving, domestic violence, assault, breaking and entering, drug crimes, sex crimes, juvenile delinquency, embezzlement, fraud, shoplifting, MIP/minor in possession, and traffic offenses. For more details on Mr. Zulakis's extensive legal experience, honors, and...
Amir E. Abu-Aita
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Flint, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(810) 238-1700 5151 Gateway Centre
Suite 100
Flint, MI 48507
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Amir practices Elder Law, Medicaid Planning, VA Planning, Probate, Estate Planning, and Business Transactions. He has an extensive background of helping the elderly through his family-owned Licensed Assisted Living Homes. At Serenity Assisted Living, Amir assisted the elderly in their medical needs. Now, he hopes to help even more elderly in their legal and planning needs.
Francis X. Hathaway
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East Lansing, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 19 years experience
(888) 580-6775 121 Burcham Dr
East Lansing, MI 48823-2703
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy and Criminal
Michigan State University
Frank Hathaway studied at the University of Detroit-Mercy graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He studied law at Michigan State University College of Law graduating with the degree of Juris Doctor, Cum Laude. Mr. Hathaway is admitted to practice in all Michigan Courts, the United States Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, and the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan. He is an active member in good standing with the State Bar of Michigan, a former member of its Representative Assembly, a member of the Criminal Law...
Christopher James Topa JD, MBA, MPA
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East Lansing, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 14 years experience
(734) 358-2113 6110 Abbot Road
Ste. D
East Lansing, MI 48823
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Wayne State University Law School and Ave Maria School of Law
Michael J Shovan
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Saginaw, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 29 years experience
(989) 233-9389 5090 State Street
Building A
Saginaw, MI 48603
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Education
Michigan State University
I graduated from the Detroit College of Law (MSU) in 1990 and was licensed by the State Bar of Michigan that same year. I graduated with honors with a concentration in taxation and was a published author in the nationally esteemed Detroit College Law Review. My practice is devoted exclusively to asset protection, consumer bankruptcy and student loan assistance. My unique approach to clients enables them to actively participate in the process so that you are completely involved in the process and understand exactly what your options are and what option is best for you and your family. ...
Eric J. Sheppard
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Okemos, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 11 years experience
(517) 618-1580 2109 Hamilton Road
Suite 206
Okemos, MI 48864
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
The Law Office of Eric J. Sheppard represents clients in criminal cases and divorce/custody cases, as well as many other areas of law. We fight for our client's rights. We provide diligent representation and give personalized attention to all of our cases. Contact us today at 517-618-1580.
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.
Jennifer Reed
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Holt, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 2 years experience
(517) 614-5476 P.O Box 827
Holt, MI 48842
Free ConsultationEstate Planning
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
My practice is focused exclusively on estate planning. I take great effort to stay up-to-date with changes in the law and implement new drafting techniques to provide thorough and comprehensive planning for our client’s specific needs. I also strive to draft documents in plain English so that my clients can understand them. My practice is unique in that we do not operate out of a traditional brick and mortar office. We come to you!
Rhonda R. Kunkel
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Lansing, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 17 years experience
(517) 622-0590 Knaggs, Harter, Brake & Schneider, P.C.
7521 Westshire Drive, Suite 100
Lansing, MI 48917
Estate Planning, Consumer, Family and Probate
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Stephen Michael Cornish
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Lansing, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 13 years experience
(517) 507-5077 420 South Waverly Road
Suite 1
Lansing, MI 48917
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, Family and Probate
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
My practice focuses on criminal defense including misdemeanors and felonies in both the trial and appellant courts. He has a strong interest in complex constitutional law issues and their applicability in the criminal justice system. I am an active member of the Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel System commonly known as the MAACS; an organization responsibly for nearly 84% of all assigned criminal appeals cases in Michigan. My practice also includes a strong emphasis in family and estate law including: parent’s rights, divorce litigation, custody, parenting time, child support, guardianships, estate planning, probate litigation and juvenile matters. I...
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
Kimberly Savage
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Haslett, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 14 years experience
(517) 515-5000 1483 Haslett Road
Haslett, MI 48840
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Probate and Real Estate
Michigan State University
Sharon Burgess
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Frankenmuth, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 18 years experience
(989) 652-9923 140 W Tuscola St
Frankenmuth, MI 48734
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Real Estate
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
I reside in Frankenmuth, Michigan, and practice in the firm’s Frankenmuth and Saginaw offices. I specialize in Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate and Estate Administration, Business Organizations, Real Estate Law, and I am VA certified. I am a frequent speaker and seminar presenter on estate planning and elder law. My practice in the field of elder law covers Medicaid qualification, estate planning, Guardianship, Conservatorships, and Veterans benefits.

I am on the Board of Directors of the Frankenmnuth Morning Rotary. I am an active member and have served on the Board of Directors for the Northeastern Michigan Estate Planning Council and the...
Torree Breen
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East Lansing, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 19 years experience
(517) 351-6200 333 Albert Ave
East Lansing, MI 48823
Estate Planning, Divorce and Family
Michigan State University
Ms. Breen specializes in family law which includes divorce, child custody disputes, child support, spousal support, and prenuptial agreements. She also prepares estate plans which includes the preparation of trusts, wills, powers of attorneys for finance and medical care, and setting up guardianships/conservatorships. Ms. Breen has litigated hundreds of cases and has the experience to represent her clients in court.
Byron Gallagher
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East Lansing, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 30 years experience
(517) 853-1515 2001 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
Washington University School of Law
Darrell Zolton
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Saginaw, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 28 years experience
(989) 792-1111 6420 Normandy Dr
Saginaw, MI 48638
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Real Estate
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Susan Williamson
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Frankenmuth, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 26 years experience
(989) 652-2671 190 E. School Street
Frankenmuth, MI 48734
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Andrew D. Richards
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Saginaw, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 35 years experience
(989) 792-9641 200 St. Andrews Road
Saginaw, MI 48638
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
The Catholic University of America
I am an Estate Planning and Business Succession Planning Attorney, with the Saginaw - based law firm of Smith Bovill, P.C. I have been a Partner in the firm since 1991. I enjoy working with families and their estate planning and family businesses to help them with succession planning. We work with clients, most often on a flat fee basis, with a no-fee, no-obligation initial consultation. Clients meet with me personally on a one-to-one basis in all cases. Our staff is courteous, professional, knowledgeable and friendly. My philosophy is to build long-term relationships with clients.
Patrick Crowley
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Lansing, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 16 years experience
(517) 507-5077 420 S. Waverly Rd., Ste. #1
Lansing, MI 48917
Estate Planning, Criminal, Divorce and Family
Bert W. Carrier Jr.
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Lansing, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 7 years experience
(517) 529-2600 324 N. Pine St.
Lansing, MI 48933
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Probate
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
At Bert Carrier and Associates, we concentrate our practice on taxation, bankruptcy, estate planning, academic discipline, and small business law. We provide expert legal services at surprisingly affordable rates. Call us at 517-529-2600. "Honest Lawyers- Affordable Fees"
David Bruegel
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Mason, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 41 years experience
(517) 244-0100 155 W. Maple St.
P.O. Box 316
Mason, MI 48854
Estate Planning and Divorce
David R. Bruegel is a lawyer who works in many domains, including estate planning, divorce, lawsuits/disputes, general practice, agriculture, wills, trusts, powers of attorney (financial and patient advocacy), deeds, leases, land contracts, guardianships, probate, elder law, and incompetency/incapacity proceedings. Bruegel holds an AB in History from Albion College, where he graduated summa cum laude and with Phi Beta Kappa honors, and a JD from Notre Dame Law School. There he was the founding designee for the International Barrister Award. He is also certified in Estate Planning by the Michigan State Bar and the Institute of Continuing Education, the Bar’s vehicle to meet the...
Mr. Philip Alexander Sturtz
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Saginaw, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 13 years experience
(989) 799-4701 608 South Michigan Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48602
Estate Planning, Business, Divorce and Family
Michigan State University
Richard L. Williams
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East Lansing, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 41 years experience
(517) 337-8100 411-C W Lake Lansing Rd
Suite 110
East Lansing, MI 48823-8445
Estate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Ms. Heather Burnash
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Flint, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 years experience
(810) 545-8611 503 S. Saginaw Street, Suite 510
Flint, MI 48502
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Civil Rights, Collections and Criminal
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
William A. Shaheen Jr.
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Flint, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 51 years experience
(810) 238-1700 5151 Gateway Center # 100
Flint, MI 48507
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
Wayne State University Law School and University of Michigan Law School
B.A. Economics - University of Michigan
J.D. - University of Michigan Law School
L.L.M. Wayne State University Law School
Law Clerk - Michigan Court of Appeals
Member - Business Advisory Board - Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE)
ICLE Publications:
Contributing Author-Advising Closely Held Businesses In Michigan
Author - Purchase & Sale of Business / Michigan Business Formbook
Author - Transfer Michigan Liquor Licenses
Practice Areas:
Business & Estate Planning, including Wills, Trusts & Power of Attorney & Health Care Power of Attorney, Estate & Trust Administration, Entity Formations & Dissolutions, Business Transactions, Purchase & Sale of Businesses and Professional Practices, Prenuptial Agreements
David Platt
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Lansing, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 39 years experience
(517) 282-1000 1003 N. Washington Ave.
Lansing, MI 4906
Estate Planning, Business and Probate
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
David M. Platt has more than 38 years of experience as an estate planning and business attorney. David concentrates his law practice in the areas of estate planning and administration, probate litigation, pre and post nuptial agreements, real estate and business entity formation. He assists clients in the preparation of wills, trusts, family cottage limited partnerships, as well as providing counsel to minimize income and estate taxes.

David frequently speaks and writes on estate planning and business matters for financial planners, accountants and attorneys, as well as the general public. He is an adjunct professor of law at the Michigan...
Stephen Houseal
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Midland, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(989) 486-9446 784 S. Poseyville Rd
Midland, MI 48640
Estate Planning, DUI, Family and Traffic Tickets
Bradley Vauter
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Grand Ledge, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 36 years experience
(517) 853-8015 912 Charlevoix Dr.
Ste. 120
Grand Ledge, MI 48837
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Elder and Probate
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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.

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