Lansing, Michigan Estate Planning Lawyers

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...
Jared Austin
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Lansing, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(517) 614-1983 P.O. Box 10118
Lansing, MI 48901
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!
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...
Rhonda R. Kunkel
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Lansing, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 16 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
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"
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
Lansing, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(517) 482-2400 124 W Allegan St
Lansing, MI 48933
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation and Elder
Lansing, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 40 years experience
(517) 487-2070 1 E Michigan Ave
Lansing, MI 48933
Estate Planning, Business, Entertainment & Sports and Tax
Indiana University School of Law·Indianapolis
Lansing, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
2401 E Grand River Ave
Lansing, MI 48912
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Real Estate
Lansing, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
524 S Walnut St
Lansing, MI 48933
Estate Planning, Business and Elder
Lansing, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(517) 374-8890 1515 W Mt Hope Ave
Lansing, MI 48910
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Real Estate
Lansing, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(517) 267-2226 500 S Washington Ave
Lansing, MI 48933
Estate Planning, Business, Environmental and Real Estate
Lansing, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(517) 371-8138 313 S Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933
Estate Planning, Business, Health Care and Tax
Lansing, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(517) 323-1939 3721 W Michigan Ave
Lansing, MI 48917
Estate Planning, Criminal and Personal Injury
Lansing, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(517) 487-4715 215 S Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933
Estate Planning, Administrative, Business and Medical Malpractice
Lansing, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(517) 482-2400 124 W Allegan St
Lansing, MI 48933
Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate and Tax
Lansing, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(517) 371-1730 215 S Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Lansing, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(517) 482-2400 124 W Allegan St
Lansing, MI 48933
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Lansing, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(517) 371-8203 313 S Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933
Estate Planning
Lansing, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(517) 482-6237 201 North Washington Square
Suite 910
Lansing, MI 48933
Estate Planning
Francis X. Hathaway
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East Lansing, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 18 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...
Torree Breen
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East Lansing, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 18 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.
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...
Mr. Howard J Weyers Jr
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East Lansing, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 3 years experience
(517) 351-6222 909 Abbot Rd., Suite C
East Lansing, MI 48823
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
Richard L. Williams
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East Lansing, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 40 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
Eric J. Sheppard
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Okemos, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 10 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.
Raymond Harris
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East Lansing, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 11 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,...
George Zulakis
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Okemos, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 40 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...
Christopher James Topa JD, MBA, MPA
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East Lansing, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 13 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
Daniel J Herman
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Okemos, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 6 years experience
(517) 489-2494 4121 Okemos Rd., Ste. 10
Okemos, MI 48864
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Insurance Claims, Personal Injury and Probate
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Dan Herman has been practicing law in the mid-Michigan area since his licensure in 2012, and has been assisting clients in a variety of areas, including litigation, family law, criminal defense, wills & trusts, estate administration, unemployment appeals, immigration, and insurance-related cases. Dan also has extensive experience litigating personal injury and car accident cases, and also has experience litigating construction-related matters.
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
Bradley Vauter
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Grand Ledge, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 35 years experience
(517) 853-8015 912 Charlevoix Dr.
Ste. 120
Grand Ledge, MI 48837
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Elder and Probate
Jennifer Reed
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Holt, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 1 year 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!
Byron Gallagher
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East Lansing, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 29 years experience
(517) 853-1515 2001 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
Washington University School of Law
Erin Doering
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East Lansing, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(888) 272-4618 5020 Northwind Dr.
Suite 207
East Lansing, MI 48825
Estate Planning, Criminal, Divorce and Landlord Tenant
David Bruegel
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Mason, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 40 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...
Lansing, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(517) 485-7044 1715 Peppertree Ln
Lansing, MI 48912
Estate Planning, Consumer and Products Liability
Lansing, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(517) 394-4430 913 W Holmes Rd
Lansing, MI 48910
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Family
Lansing, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(517) 327-0300 504 S Creyts Rd
Lansing, MI 48917
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Insurance Defense
Lansing, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(517) 322-3207 5600 W Mt Hope Hwy
Lansing, MI 48917
Estate Planning and Business
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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.