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Estate Planning & Elder Law

Scholten Fant - Estate Planning & Elder Law

Our Estate Planning & Elder Law group has been a pillar of our firm for over 60 years.  We prepare custom estate plans for each of our clients, from high net worth individuals to those of limited means and everyone in between, ensuring each client is protected in the event of death, incapacity, or residence in a long-term-care facility.

When a loss occurs, our team is there to assist the surviving family members with all the details necessary to administer their loved one’s estate, including representation in probate court if necessary.  Due to the continuity of our Estate Planning and Elder Law group over the last 60 plus years, we have succeeded in providing a stable succession of experienced attorneys to handle our clients’ estates long after they begin their planning process with us.

When litigation is necessary, our team works closely with our litigation team to pursue and defend probate court proceedings.


Experience and Expertise

Estate Planning

  • Wills
  • Living Trusts
  • Testamentary Trusts
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Cottage Succession Trusts
  • Irrevocable Gifting Trusts
  • Domestic Asset Protection Trusts
  • Spousal Lifetime Access Trusts
  • Pet Trusts
  • Gun Trusts
  • Real Estate Transfers
  • Asset Protection
  • Probate Avoidance
  • Estate Tax Avoidance
  • Income Tax Avoidance
  • Gift Tax Avoidance
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Planned Charitable Giving
  • Premarital Agreements
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Durable Financial Powers of Attorney
  • Patient Advocate Designations
  • HIPAA Waivers
  • Funeral Representative Designations
  • Guardianships
  • Conservatorships

Elder Law

  • Long Term Care Planning
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • MI Choice Waiver
  • PACE
  • Social Security
  • Veteran’s Benefits
  • Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation

Estate & Trust Administration

  • Trustee Representation
  • Probate Representation
  • Beneficiary Representation
  • Transfer and Retitling of Assets
  • Estate Tax Returns

Probate Litigation

  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Breach of Trust
  • Will and Trust Contests
  • Undue Influence
  • Failure to Properly Account to Beneficiaries
  • Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults
  • Guardianships
  • Conservatorships
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