Higher Level Care for Estates Across Michigan

At Legacy Counsel, we approach the responsibility of preparing you and your family for whatever comes next with the same care and dedication as if it were our family’s future. Based in St. Joseph, MI, we’re a premier boutique law firm offering comprehensive estate planning, trust administration, probate, and elder care legal services for the Lower Peninsula region and beyond.

If you’re looking for answers from a nearby estate, probate, & trust lawyer, we are a call away.

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Legacy Counsel Proudly Serves

  • Berrien County, MI
  • Cass County, MI
  • Van Buren County, MI
  • Calhoun County
  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • Battle Creek, MI
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Holland, MI
  • Benton Harbor, MI
  • Berrien Springs, MI
  • Niles, MI
  • Buchanan, MI
  • Three Oaks, MI
  • New Buffalo, MI
  • Bridgman, MI
  • Watervliet, MI
  • Coloma, MI
  • South Haven, MI

Don’t worry if you don’t see your community listed. We also serve the area’s numerous villages and townships, including but not limited to Shoreham, Stevensville, Grand Beach, Royalton, Lincoln, and more.

500 Renaissance Drive, Ste 104A, Saint Joseph, MI 49085


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Estate Planning, Probate & Elder Law Services Across SW Michigan

Legacy Counsel is a boutique trusts and estates law firm. We handle matters related to wills and trusts, probate, financial powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney/advance healthcare directives, Medicaid planning, and the management of insurance proceeds payable to estates, decedent’s property appraisals, guidance for settling debts, elder law, and more.

Our process begins with a comprehensive discussion and understanding of your goals and concerns. Then, we’ll employ various strategies to craft a plan that safeguards your interests and honors your wishes so you can confidently live, knowing your legacy will endure.

Estate Planning

Let us explain your options and design a detailed plan to ensure your assets are managed and bequeathed according to your desires, providing peace of mind for the future.

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With precision and empathetic legal counsel, we guide representatives through the Michigan probate process, from filing documents to asset distribution.

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Trust Administration

We provide comprehensive trust administration services, ensuring that trusts are managed effectively, and beneficiaries are cared for.

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Elder Care Law

We offer concentrated legal assistance in elder care law, focusing on planning for the future and protecting the rights and well-being of seniors in Michigan.

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Working with Legacy Counsel in Southwestern, MI

Whether you live in St. Joseph and want to draft a will or an out-of-state representative trying to navigate Michigan probate after a loved one passes away, our services extend beyond estate plans and probate court. We nurture client relationships and look for ways to make the process easier. From the moment you sign your documents, we commit to being with you and your family every step of the way.

Our Clients Benefit From

  • Personalized Estate Services Across SW Michigan
  • Clear & Upfront Pricing
  • 3 Year Estate Plan Reviews at No Additional Cost
  • Open & Honest Communication
  • E-Signature Capability, Virtual Consults, & Expedited Services
  • Quick and Efficient Probate and Trust Administration Services
  • Legal Professionals Experienced in Complex Family Dynamics

Contact Legacy Counsel today to book a consultation. We’ll answer all your questions and address your concerns.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Legacy Counsel Located?

Legacy Counsel is conveniently located at 500 Renaissance Drive, Ste 104A, Saint Joseph, MI 49085, in the heart of Southwest Michigan. This central location is easily accessible to local clients. Understanding the need for flexibility, Legacy Counsel also offers virtual appointments, providing expert estate and trust legal services to clients who prefer or require remote assistance. Whether in person or online, they ensure comprehensive legal support is always within reach.

Can I Access Estate Services if I’m Not in St. Joseph?

Beyond St. Joseph, we serve multiple counties and communities throughout Southwest Michigan. For your convenience and to serve clients across the region, we offer virtual consultations and can provide many services remotely.

Are Estate Laws Unique to Certain Michigan Areas?

Estate laws in Michigan are generally consistent across the state, but how they are implemented can vary based on local probate courts and community practices. At Legacy Counsel, we are knowledgeable about Michigan’s statewide legal frameworks and provide customized services to meet the specific needs and circumstances of each community and client we serve. Whether you’re in a rural township or a bustling city, we tailor our approach to ensure your estate planning and administration align with both state statutes and local nuances.

How Can I Prepare for a Consultation?

To prepare for your estate planning, probate, trust, or elder law consultation, gather critical documents such as wills, trusts, property deeds, and insurance policies. Compile a list of any relevant assets and liabilities. Then, consider your goals, like asset distribution and guardianship for minors, and note any questions or concerns about the process. This preparation ensures a focused and efficient consultation.

How Much Do Your Services Cost?

The cost of estate planning and probate services can vary depending on the estate’s complexity, the attorney’s experience, and more. While some firms charge hourly rates, Legacy Counsel charges a flat fee for its estate planning services. These are agreed to in advance, so there are never any billing surprises. Hourly rates billed for probate and trust administration cases are also clearly disclosed upfront.

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Do You Assist Out-of-State Representatives?

Yes, we can assist with Michigan probate matters even if you’re out of state. Our firm is equipped to handle probate proceedings remotely, providing guidance and managing the necessary documentation through digital channels and virtual meetings. We ensure that your probate case is addressed with the same diligence and attention as if you were here in person.

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