Warren, Michigan Estate Planning Lawyers

Daniel Marchese
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Matthew S. Abdo
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Warren, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(586) 751-7200 30500 Van Dyke Ave
Warren, MI 48093
Estate Planning, Criminal and DUI
Walter Czechowski
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Center Line, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 43 years experience
(586) 754-1450 26224 Van Dyke Ave
Center Line, MI 48015
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Animal, Collections and DUI
Michigan State University
I graduated from Wayne State, with Honors, in 1973. I received my Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, from Detroit College of Law (now MSU Law School). I am a partner in the law firm of Bieber & Czechowski, specializing in Probate and Estate Planning, Personal Injury and Social Security matters. I am an arbitrator and case evaluator for Macomb and Oakland Counties. I am also a current member of BRAG, Anchor Bay Chamber of Commerce and an avid golfer. I was the assistant girl's golf coach for Notre Dame Prep High School (2002-2005).
Michael Kavanaugh
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Eastpointe, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 27 years experience
(586) 776-1700 17200 E 10 Mile Rd
Eastpointe, MI 48021
Free ConsultationEstate Planning
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Aric K. Melder
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Royal Oak, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 23 years experience
(248) 541-3400 2304 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Elder
Aric K. Melder has assisted each of his clients with the finest legal representation possible while upholding the ethics, spirit, and intent of the law. He was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1996. He graduated from Detroit College of Law, at Michigan State University with a Juris Doctor, in 1996, and Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1993. Aric K. Melder has concentrated his expertise and experience in the areas of Family Law, Divorce, Adoption, Bankruptcy, Debt Collection /Debt Collection Defense, Asset Protection, Real Estate, Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning, Criminal Defense, Drunk Driving, Traffic...
Patrick Wilson
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Hazel Park, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(248) 546-6164 23509 John R Road
Hazel Park, MI 48030
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Criminal
Sanford J. Melder
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Royal Oak, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(248) 541-3400 2304 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Elder
Sanford J. Melder has helped thousands of people as an attorney. He was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1974. He graduated from Wayne State University with a Jurist Doctor in 1973, and Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science in 1968. Sanford J. Melder has practiced law for over 30 years, representing clients in legal matters including Family Law, Divorce, Adoption, Real Estate, Debt Collection/Debt Collection Defense, Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning, Asset Protection, Criminal Defense, Traffic Matters, Drunk Driving, Business Law and Personal Injury. Areas of Practice: Family Law Divorce Adoption Real Estate Debt Collection/Debt Collection Defense Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning Asset...
Kimberly M Lubinski
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Center Line, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 18 years experience
(586) 754-1450 26224 Van Dyke Avenue
Center Line, MI 48015
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Collections and Probate
Jasmine D. Rippy
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Detroit, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 4 years experience
(313) 633-6915 1600 Clay Street
Suite 331
Detroit, MI 48211
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
The University of Toledo College of Law
I specialize in criminal defense, traffic/license matters, family law and estate planning. My clients are individuals and small businesses. I enjoy working with these types of clients because I can make a significant impact on their lives and businesses by helping them through difficult times and planning for their future.

My holistic approach to legal services looks at the various implications of certain legal actions while tailoring my services to fit your specific needs. I will work hard to understand you and your goals, be accessible and come up with a plan to obtain the best outcome given the...
Nick Daniels
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Clinton Township, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
(586) 668-1229 41700 Hayes Road
Suite A
Clinton Township, MI 48038
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
I am passionate about helping people with their legal problems. When you contact my office you will speak with me. I will take the time to listen to your concerns and help put a plan in place to resolve your legal matter. I am committed to resolving your legal problem so you do not have to think or worry about the matter. I want you to understand what is happening and why it is happening. My goal is for you to feel confident and empowered about your legal matter.
Andrew M Steiger
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Grosse Pointe, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(248) 259-6367 743 Ballantyne Road
Grosse Pointe, MI 48236
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Probate and Tax
Wayne State University Law School
Michigan Tax Attorney Andrew M. Steiger focuses his tax practice on tax resolution and planning, and estate planning. If you receive a notice from the IRS or state tax authority, contact Steiger Tax Law before paying any assessments or responding to the IRS. I provide a free consultation to determine the best course of action to reduce or eliminate tax debts, penalties and interest, and respond to liens, levies and notices.

My estate planning services include drafting wills and trusts, probate administration, and tax planning. If you need an estate plan or would like a review...
Howard B. Young
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University of Michigan Law SchoolMichigan
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Matthew S. Abdo
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Charter Twp of Clinton, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(844) 468-2236 42550 Garfield Rd #104-A
Charter Twp of Clinton, MI 48038
Estate Planning, Animal, Criminal and Domestic Violence
Michigan State University College of Law
Matt William Zeigler
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Troy, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 43 years experience
(248) 643-9530 3001 W Big Beaver Rd, #408
Troy, MI 48084
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Since 1976, Zeigler Townley P.C. has handled a wide variety of challenging and complex business and personal matters both in and out of Court. As a Vietnam Veteran, Matt has a very long view of all business litigation, employment and transactional matters, knowing what matters, and what does not.
Phillip S. Serafini
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Sterling Heights, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 28 years experience
(866) 529-3537 44444 Mound Rd
#100
Sterling Heights, MI 48314
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Family and Probate
Wayne State University Law School
Phil was admitted to practice law in 1991 and he is now in his 28th year as an attorney. Phil is one of the founding partners of Serafini, Michalowski, Derkacz and Associates, P.C. and he focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury, automobile accident claims, no-fault claims also known as personal injury protection benefits, third party automobile negligence claims, slip and fall injuries, motorcycle injuries, trucking accidents and general civil litigation. Phil grew up in St. Clair Shores and Royal Oak and he has been fortunate to return to Macomb County to practice law.

From 1995 to present, Phil...
Jeffrey J. Michalowski
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(866) 529-3537 44444 Mound Rd
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Sterling Heights, MI 48314
Free ConsultationSterling Heights, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 19 years experience
Estate Planning, Elder, Insurance Claims and Probate
Wayne State University Law School
One of the founding partners of Serafini, Michalowski, Derkacz and Associates, P.C., Jeff focuses his practice in the areas of elder law, estate planning, trust administration, probate administration, and corporate law. Jeff grew up in Sterling Heights and is happy to have returned to Macomb County to practice law.

Prior to establishing Serafini, Michalowski, Derkacz & Associates, P.C., Jeff worked with a large regional accounting and business consulting firm, an insurance defense law firm and a business law firm specializing in corporate law, business formation, business consulting and private equity matters. After working with an elder law and estate planning firm...
Mark E. Mueller
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Troy, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 27 years experience
(248) 761-7795 2600 W Big Beaver Road
Suite 550
Troy, MI 48084
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Real Estate and Tax
Wayne State University Law School
I advise business owners, managers, and investors on a wide range of legal issues from the original formation and governing structure of new companies, buying or selling a business, contractual arrangements between business partners, and evaluating and negotiating deals with vendors and customers. I also advise individuals on estate planning and post-mortem estate administration. Typically this involves using a variety of trusts to (i) avoid or reduce estate taxes and (ii) provide for proper transfer and management of family wealth. I hold a Certificate of Completion in the areas of Probate and Estate Planning issued by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education...
David D. Sprague
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Clinton Township, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(586) 790-9600 35758 Harper Avenue
Clinton Township, MI 48035
Estate Planning, Elder, Nursing Home and Probate
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
David D. Sprague is the firm's principal partner. His practice includes Business Law, Probate and Estate Planning, Elder Law and Medicaid Planning, Family Law (domestic relations/divorce/prenuptial agreements) and Real Estate Law. David has experience working as an attorney at two nationally recognized law firms: Raymond & Prokop, P.C. and Pepper Hamilton LLP. In addition, David has helped clients to successfully complete applications with the Michigan Minority Business Development Council and has defended claims made by the Business Software Alliance. Prior to practicing law, David had nearly 10 years of experience working in the automotive industry and the field of information technology...
Nickolas Daniels
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Clinton Township, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
(586) 668-1229 41700 Hayes Road
Suite A
Clinton Township, MI 48038
Estate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
I am driven to assist my client's in any possible way. Dealing with legal issues is stressful and time consuming. Let me help obtain a positive outcome so you can move on with your life. I try to connect with my clients and show the highest level of persistence and dedication.
Bruce L. Townley
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Troy, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 27 years experience
(248) 643-9530 3001 W. Big Beaver
Suite 408
Troy, MI 48084
Estate Planning, Business, Landlord Tenant and Probate
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Practicing for Over 23 years in various fields, allowing me to understand the impact of your matter, not just immediately, but in many other areas of your life. I will explain honestly, fully and forthrightly your legal situation, and the options available to you.
Mark S. Bosler
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Troy, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 37 years experience
(248) 647-8180 3001 West Big Beaver Rd.
Suite 502
Troy, MI 48084
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Probate and Products Liability
Wayne State University Law School and University of Detroit Mercy
The firm's principal, Mark Bosler, is an experienced attorney practicing in Michigan since 1982, and is admitted to practice in Illinois (1983) and Florida (1989). Primary practice areas include estate planning, probate and trust administration, business and commercial law, collections, civil and commercial litigation, real estate and criminal defense. His educational background includes an advanced Masters Degree in Corporate and Finance Law from Wayne State University, Juris Doctor degree from University of Detroit Law School, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Michigan State University. Mr. Bosler has over 25 year of experience in estate planning and estate...
Benjamin A Schock
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Clinton Township, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 13 years experience
(586) 239-0871 37060 Garfield Road
Suite T-6
Clinton Township, MI 48036
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, Elder and Probate
Michigan State University and Michigan State University
Benjamin Schock is a skilled, experienced elder law attorney who successfully assists seniors in passing their hard earned assets on to their loved ones while allowing them to receive additional benefits that help them offset the cost of long term care.
Ameena Razia Sheikh
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Detroit, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 3 years experience
(248) 631-4853 1600 Clay Street Building #2
Suite 331
Detroit, MI 48211
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, Divorce and Family
Wayne State University Law School
Achieving winning results for my clients is my passion!! Winning results vary for each of my clients and I focus on tailoring my representation for each of their specific needs. I am not just a legal advocate, I am my client's all around counselor. If you have any legal issue, I am your first stop. If I am unable to obtain the ideal results for YOU, I will ensure that I direct you to someone who can. My job as a lawyer is to AID those in need of legal assistance, not just take on...
Laura M. Lynch
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(313) 885-6697 18720 Mack Ave
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Grosse Pointe, MI 48236
Grosse Pointe, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 36 years experience
Estate Planning, Construction, Probate and Real Estate
Michigan State University
For over 25 years, Laura McMahon Lynch has earned a reputation as a highly respected Real Estate litigator, as well as a compassionate, driven Estate Planning attorney. Using her 11 years of experience as both a Special and Assistant Attorney General defending the State of Michigan, Laura aggressively represents clients in a wide range of litigation including real estate title disputes, construction lien foreclosure as well as complex contract-based lawsuits. She has become the confidant of countless clients who continue to trust her sensitivity and discretion. Laura is a certified Facilitative Mediator for the 3rd Circuit Court of Michigan. She...
Erin R. Solaiman
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Clinton Township, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(586) 239-0871 37060 Garfield Road, Suite T-6
Clinton Township, MI 48036
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Erin R. Solaiman (Erin Randall) is a senior partner at Schock Solaiman Ramdayal, PLLC, with more than 9 years of experience in elder law, estate planning, probate, trust administration, and Veteran’s Benefits.

Prior to founding Schock Solaiman Ramdayal, PLLC, Erin R. Solaiman earned her Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. As a law student, Ms. Solaiman was chosen to work with the Family Law Assistance Program where she represented low-income people with issues such as divorce, custody, parenting time, paternity, child support, guardianship and domestic personal protection...
Meghan Schuler Todd
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Clinton Township, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(586) 573-7200 38800 Garfield, Suite 110
Clinton Township, MI 48038
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Divorce
Meghan Schuler Todd, J.D. is a graduate of the University of Michigan- B.S. Neuroscience, (2010) and Thomas M. Cooley Law School- J.D. Litigation, (2013). She joined Sumner & Associates, P.C. as an associate attorney in 2014. Prior to joining Sumner & Associates, P.C., she interned at the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office and Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, Juvenile Division and clerked for the Oakland County Corporation Counsel. She is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association and is a Michigan Notary Public. Meghan is a native of Rochester Hills.
Barbara Andruccioli
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Troy, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 23 years experience
(248) 528-1111 201 W. Big Beaver Rd. Suite 600
Troy, MI 48084
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation and Probate
University of Detroit Mercy
Barbara Andruccioli assists and manages assets for physically or mentally incapacitated individuals, special needs children, those in need of financial protection, and families who are sorting through the estate of a deceased relative. Ms. Andruccioli uses her 21+ years of experience in the legal field to simplify matters for her clients and maximize their quality of life.

Ms. Andruccioli is appointed in Wayne and Oakland Counties to serve primarily in three types of cases: (1) guardian and/or conservator for mentally disabled persons; (2) personal representative of deceased estates; and (3) conservator of minor estates.

Ms. Andruccioli completed the State of Michigan court...
Mr. Scott J. Sumner
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Clinton Township, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 27 years experience
(586) 573-7200 38800 Garfield - Suite 110
Clinton Township, MI 48038
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Michigan State University College of Law
Michigan State University 1986
Detroit College of Law 1989

Scott J. Sumner, J.D. is a graduate of Michigan State University, (1986) and Michigan State University/Detroit College of Law, (1989). He is a founding member of Sumner & Associates, P.C., and is its President and principal shareholder. Scott was the President of the Rochester Bar Association (2004-2005). He is a member of the State Bar Association and a member of the Oakland and Macomb County Bar Associations, since 1990, and is licensed to practice in the United States Federal Court. He is also a licensed and experienced Real Estate Broker and Residential Builder.
Timothy Klisz
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Troy, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 23 years experience
(866) 770-7782 200 E. Big Beaver Rd
Troy, MI 48083
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, DUI, Personal Injury and Probate
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Attorney Tim Klisz is a full service lawyer for over 20 years in metro Detroit. Assisting individuals and small businesses in the following areas: personal injury, car accidents, wrongful death, criminal law, probate and estate planning, real estate law and collections. Free phone consultation available for any area of law.
Janet M. Ziulkowski
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Clinton Township, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(586) 464-1640 17001 Nineteen Mile Rd.
Suite 1-D
Clinton Township, MI 48038
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Divorce
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Nick Best
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Huntington Woods, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 6 years experience
(248) 237-7979 26711 Woodward Ave
Suite LL-2
Huntington Woods, MI 48070
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Collections and Consumer
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Frank N. Soave
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Grosse Pointe Park, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 31 years experience
(313) 626-0070 15001 East Jefferson Ave.
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Probate and Tax
Boston University School of Law
My training taught me to be a detail oriented, analytical thinker, problem solver and effective communicator. My experience in diverse settings fostered that skill set. I have marketed my practice and businesses, mentored teams with high retention rates, and served businesses and consumers with a focus on empathy and integrity. I have substantive knowledge in the following areas of expertise: Estate planning, probate, employment, healthcare, real estate, banking, corporate, transactional, environmental and contractual law. My strengths include: - Mentoring, coaching and encouraging - Effectively communicating, both verbally and in writing - Accepting Responsibility and Accountability - Managing projects...
Mark Bosler
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Troy, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 37 years experience
(248) 647-8180 3001 West Big Beaver Rd.
Suite 502
Troy, MI 48084
Estate Planning, Criminal and Real Estate
Wayne State University Law School and University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Robert Hindelang
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Grosse Pointe Farms, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 44 years experience
(313) 886-4450 18430 Mack Avenue
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Tax
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Business Planning, Financial Planning, Labor Law, Estate Planning, Probate, Personal Injury, Tax planning and Tax preparation | Detroit, MI Robert L. Hindelang is a business attorney who is a Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.) as well as an MBA in finance. The firm handles business matters, commercial litigation, and personal injury cases in Michigan, principally in the Southeastern Michigan area of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and St. Clair counties, in both Federal court and Michigan courts. The firm also has expertise in U. S. Customs matters, and is licensed to practice in the U. S. Court of International Trade,...
Andrew Byers
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Troy, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 22 years experience
(248) 469-4261 2833 Crooks Road
Suite 104
Troy, MI 48084
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
Jonathan Hirsch
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Saint Clair Shores, MI Estate Planning Attorney
22725 Greater Mack, Building A,
Suite 206
Saint Clair Shores, MI 48080
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Personal Injury
Attorney, Mr. Hirsch is successfully handling various Michigan based Personal injury and Business litigation cases since last 16 years. The Hirsch Law Firm offers a free initial consultation, providing excellence in legal representation.
Gregory Hamilton
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Sterling Heights, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 34 years experience
(586) 275-2150 38600 Van Dyke Ave., Ste. 240
Sterling Heights, MI 48312
Free ConsultationEstate Planning
Gregory C. Hamilton, a nationally recognized speaker on Estate and Business Planning, has been bringing peace of mind to his Clients for over twenty five years and has been nominated in a blind survey as one of the top seven percent of estate planning attorneys in Michigan by Hour Magazine, for the last four consecutive years. With an emphasis on thorough consultation to build long term professional relationships with his Clients, Greg creates an estate or business plan uniquely designed to meet each Client’s goals, aspirations and desires.
A graduate of Michigan State University, Greg holds a Masters degree from...
John Tatone
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Utica, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 23 years experience
(586) 580-8850 8300 Hall Rd.
Suite 200
Utica, MI 48317
Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
Roger Quentin Hyde
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Clinton Township, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 39 years experience
(586) 263-9380 42815 Garfield
Suite 214
Clinton Township, MI 48038
Estate Planning, Business, Collections and Construction
Wayne State University Law School
Wide array of experience in 30 years of practice.
Mr. Carl E. Sears
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Royal Oak, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 20 years experience
(866) 210-4773 26080 Woodward Ave.
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce and Family
Kenneth Wayne Demers
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Troy, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 23 years experience
(248) 358-9696 200 East Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Consumer and Probate
I was born and raised in the lakes region of Oakland County in a little town called Union Lake. Union lake is situated at the crossroads of Waterford Township, White Lake Township, West Bloomfield Township and Commerce Township hence the name Four Towns, known only by locals. I began my legal carreer with Wayne County Neighborhood Legal Services in their general litigation section taking my experience in consumer law with me into private practice. I currently practice all types of consumer law including Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Probate. I maintain a presence in West Bloomfield, Troy, Novi,...
Benjamin Hirsch
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Troy, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(248) 688-0970 1469 Souter Dr., Ste B
Troy, MI 48083
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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.

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.


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