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Suttons Bay, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(231) 271-4005 204 N St Joseph St
Suttons Bay, MI 49682
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Christopher K. Cooke
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Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 36 years experience
(800) 525-6386 300 E Front St
#445
Traverse City, MI 49684
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, Employment and Family
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Chris Cooke has been a licensed attorney in the State of Michigan for 33 years. He began his career as an Assistant Prosecutor in Kalamazoo, Michigan where he tried over 100 misdemeanor jury trials and more than 60 felony jury trials. He later entered the private practice of law where he worked in the insurance defense field conducting numerous arson and fraud investigations. He also developed a strong subrogation practice and expanded his defense knowledge into the liability field.

In 1995, Mr. Cooke assisted in establishing the first Michigan litigation office for Citizens Insurance. He organized the property defense and subrogation...
Agnes Jury
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Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
(877) 221-7628 13919 S. West Bay Shore Drive
Suite 209
Traverse City, MI 49684
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
The John Marshall Law School
September 2015-present - Attorney at Sterling Law Office and ADAM - The American Divorce Association for Men in Traverse City, Michigan, practicing in the areas of family law, immigration law, estate planning, civil litigation, Appeals, and business law.
April 2008-May 2015 - Attorney in Geneva, Illinois, practicing in the areas of administrative law, Appeals, business law, civil litigation, criminal law, employment law, estate planning, family law and immigration law.
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...
Lea Ann Sterling
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Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 38 years experience
(877) 221-7628 13919 S. West Bay Shore Drive
Suite 209
Traverse City, MI 49684
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
Lea Ann Sterling has been a member of the Michigan Bar since 1998. Admitted to the bar in Ohio in 1981, Mrs. Sterling practiced law in Columbus. In 1997, she began a sabbatical to write, travel, and relocate from Ohio to Michigan. Her first book, Historic Homes of Olde Towne, was released in 1999 and won the Ohio Historical Society’s Public Education and Awareness Award. Historic Cottages of Mackinac Island, released in 2001, was listed on the Michigan Governor’s List of Best Books of 2001. In March 1999, Mrs. Sterling was appointed Village of Empire Zoning Administrator where she was...
Philip Rosi
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Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 56 years experience
(231) 941-5878 735 S Garfield Ave
Traverse City, MI 49686
Estate Planning, Energy, Environmental and Real Estate
The John Marshall Law School and The University of Chicago Law School
A resident of Traverse City since 1980, Philip Rosi was born in Chicago, Illinois. He is a graduate of Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) with an Engineering Degree. After a brief stint with Lockheed Aircraft as a Design Engineer, he attended and graduated from The University of Chicago Law School. He served in the Executive Office of the President Lyndon Johnson and was the Assistant to the Comptroller of the Federal Power Commission. Before moving to Traverse City he practiced law in Brattleboro, Vermont for ten years. His practice in Michigan has centered, in...
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
Brandon S. Dornbusch
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Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 7 years experience
125 Park Street
Suite 350
Traverse City, MI 49684
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Probate and Real Estate
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Brandon received his undergraduate degree with honors from Michigan State University in History with a concentration in Mandarin Chinese, and his JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2011. While at Case, he focused his studies on Federal income, estate, gift, and generation skipping taxation. He discovered that the analytical nature of tax and estate planning suited his intellectual inclinations. In addition to creating estate plans, Brandon works in the probate arena and assists families in implementing plans when loved ones pass away, and in setting up guardianships for minors, individuals with special needs, and individuals...
Lea Ann Sterling
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Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 39 years experience
(877) 221-7628 13919 S. West Bay Shore Drive
Suite 209
Traverse City, MI 49684
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
Lea Ann Sterling has been a member of the Michigan Bar since 1998 and has practiced in Leelanau County since 2001. Admitted to the bar in Ohio in 1981, Mrs. Sterling practiced law in Columbus. In 1997, she took a sabbatical to write, travel, and relocate from Ohio to Michigan. Her first book, Historic Homes of Olde Towne, was released in 1999 and won the Ohio Historical Society’s 2000 Public Education and Awareness Award. Historic Cottages of Mackinac Island, released in 2001, was listed on the Michigan Governor’s List of Best Books of 2001. In March 1999, Mrs. Sterling was...
R. Todd Balkema
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Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(800) 395-4347 1020 Hastings
Traverse City, MI 49686
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Linda E. Wasielewski
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Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 41 years experience
(231) 933-0829 934 South Garfield Avvenue
Suite A2
Traverse City, MI 49686
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
Wayne State University Law School
The law office of Linda E. Wasielewski, located in Traverse City, Michigan, serves the Northern Michigan area by delivering a highly specialized spectrum of legal services to its clients. Servicing the estate planning, probate, transactional and family law needs of my clients, I have highly specialized expertise and advanced training in these fields of law. I strive to individualize my attention in a personal manner to meet the unique needs of each client. I stress delivery of the highest quality of service at a modest rate to insure the establishment and maintenance of a trust relationship between...
Paul T. Jarboe
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Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 37 years experience
(231) 922-3452 160 E State St #202
Traverse City, MI 49684
Estate Planning, Criminal, Family and Personal Injury
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Paul Jarboe is an experienced and dedicated trial attorney with over 30 years of legal experience. Mr. Jarboe graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1982. Mr. Jarboe is a former prosecuting attorney, and has an extensive background in the areas of divorce, child custody, criminal defense and civil litigation, which includes State and Federal Criminal cases. Mr. Jarboe’s practice includes: Criminal Defense, Family Law, Personal Injury & Estate Planning.
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
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,...
W. Dane Carey
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Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(231) 929-0500 100 Park Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
Jan Geht
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Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 15 years experience
(231) 941-8192 620-A Woodmere
Traverse City, MI 49686
Estate Planning, Business, Tax and White Collar Crime
Mr. Geht is an attorney with extensive public and private sector experience. After clerking for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Mr. Geht joined a top law firm in Washington, D.C., where his practice included accountant malpractice litigation, environmental litigation, and labor and employment law. Until he moved to Traverse City in October of 2012, Mr. Geht served for five years as a Trial Attorney with the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He received several awards from the Department of Justice and from the Internal Revenue Service for his...
Kent Rozycki
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Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 37 years experience
(231) 932-2400 12935 S. West Bay Shore Drive
Ste. 370
Traverse City, MI 49684
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Probate and Tax
I am also a CPA and my practice is business oriented.
Jennifer Duitsman Coy
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Gaylord, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 8 years experience
(989) 732-2912 145 N. Otsego Ave.
Gaylord, MI 49735
Estate Planning, Divorce, Probate and Real Estate
Jennifer Duitsman Coy graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science, and received her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She has been practicing law since early 2011. Her practice areas include estate planning, probate, real estate, and family law. Jennifer is also a trained mediator and volunteers with the 46th Circuit’s Legal Aid Divorce Clinic.
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.
John A. Macneal
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Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(231) 947-0400 310 W Front St. #300
Traverse City, MI 49684
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 26 years experience
(231) 933-5322 1000 S Garfield Ave
Traverse City, MI 49686
Estate Planning, Elder and Real Estate
Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(231) 947-2540 449 E Front St
Traverse City, MI 49686
Estate Planning, Business, Criminal and Divorce
Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(231) 947-0400 310 W Front St
Traverse City, MI 49684
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 16 years experience
3333 Cass Rd
Ste 2
Traverse City, MI 49684
Estate Planning and Elder
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(231) 933-5322 1000 S Garfield Ave
Traverse City, MI 49686
Estate Planning
Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(231) 947-2908 13709 SW Bay Shore Dr
Traverse City, MI 49684
Estate Planning 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
Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(231) 486-4546 202 E State St
Traverse City, MI 49684
Estate Planning, Business, Environmental and Real Estate
Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(231) 941-1850 3230 Racquet Club Dr
Traverse City, MI 49684
Estate Planning and Business
Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(231) 929-0765 3588 Veterans Dr
Traverse City, MI 49684
Estate Planning
Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(231) 941-9660 1241 E 8th St
Traverse City, MI 49686
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 16 years experience
(510) 290-0165 PO Box 47
Traverse City, MI 49685
Estate Planning and Tax
UC Hastings COL
Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(231) 486-4541 202 E State St
Traverse City, MI 49684
Estate Planning and Business
Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(231) 947-1642 10489 E Cherry Bend Rd
Traverse City, MI 49684
Estate Planning and Business
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) 922-6800 697 Hannah Avenue
Suite B
Traverse City, MI
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Civil Rights and Elder
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(231) 946-9200 400 E 8th St
Traverse City, MI 49686
Estate Planning and Business
Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(231) 947-2540 449 E Front St
Traverse City, MI 49686
Estate Planning, Business, Divorce and Family
Traverse City, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(231) 947-5600 400 E 8th St
Traverse City, MI 49686
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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.