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Michigan Elder Law, Estate Planning, Special Needs Trusts, Probate, Guardianship, Conservatorship, Estate & Trust Administration, Disputed Probate Attorneys

Contact Mall Malisow & Cooney, P.C., for any attorney referral services. Professional courtesy discounts or referral fees paid.

Recognized for our expertise in our areas of practice Mall Malisow & Cooney, P.C. receives referrals from attorneys throughout the state of Michigan and around the country. We have gained an excellent reputation among our colleagues for our legal skills and staunch client advocacy. The firm's senior partner, Sanford J. Mall, serves as the Chairperson for the Elder Law and Disability Rights Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Additionally, partners attorney Mall and attorney Arthur L. Malisow are nationally board certified as elder law attorneys (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation. The CELA designation further distinguishes them and their firm in the practice of law as a nationally recognized experts in the practice areas of estate planning, elder law, special needs disability planning and advocacy, and estate administration.

Attorney Mall serves as an editor of Advising the Older & Disabled Client for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and he is presently writing a practice manual for Michigan elder law attorneys tentatively titled Michigan Elder Law Practice, which is planned to be published by Thomson/West in the summer of 2008. Further, Worth Magazine selected attorney Mall as one of the nation's Top 100 Lawyers.

Mall Malisow & Cooney, P.C. concentrate in the following areas of law:

  • Elder Law: our commitment to seniors and their families involves more than simple legal services and financial planning. We call our approach ElderCare legal planning. This unique holistic approach to elder law issues recognizes the importance of involving a network of professionals in assuring the highest quality of life and care, and promoting dignity, self-determination, individuality and independence of individuals who are elderly.
  • Wills & Trusts: Wills - every person eighteen or over should consider writing a Will, which should be reviewed and updated as necessary. This simple document, through the designation of your assets and responsibilities, makes powerful statements to those you love. Trusts - Even people with modest incomes may have an estate that will benefit from a Trust. At our firm, we offer skilled advice in the selection of a plan, and careful drafting of Trusts so your intentions are carried out. Trusts provide privacy by transferring assets upon death without the need to go through probate court, and may also provide tax saving. Trusts may also provide continued management and administration of Trust assets for the benefit of loved ones after your death.
  • Guardianships & Conservatorships: help an individual if someone is seeking to become their Guardian or Conservator, if an appointed Guardian or Conservator is not acting in their best interest, or if they no longer need a Guardian or Conservator. Having a Guardian or Conservator means that many significant rights are taken away from that person. Our attorneys can help advocate on behalf of an individual to protect their rights and ensure that a Conservator or Guardian is necessary, that a Conservator or Guardian only has powers that are truly needed to help the individual, or to prevent abuse by a Guardian or Conservator.
  • Probate & Estate Administration: our lawyers and staff handle Probate and Estate Administration matters with efficiency and sensitivity, whether the deceased individual had a Will or died intestate (without a Will).
  • Special Needs Trusts: If you are establishing a trust to set aside your own assets for the benefit of an individual with special needs, it is commonly referred to as a "Third Party Special Needs Trust" or a "Special Needs Inheritance Trust." if the Special Needs Trust will be funded with the disabled person's own assets (for example from savings, lawsuit or non-protected inheritances) such a Trust is commonly referred to as a "First Party Special Needs Trust," "Medicaid Payback Trust," or "Interceptor Special Needs Trusts."


We are members of numerous professional organizations including the State Bar of Michigan as well as the following Sections of the Bar: Elder Law & Disability Rights, Probate and Estate, Social Security Law, and Health Law, the Oakland County Bar Association, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, National Probate Judges Council, International Alliance of Holistic Lawyers, Michigan Forum of Estate Planning Attorneys, Wealth Counsel and the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA). Contact Mall Malisow & Cooney, PC for any attorney referral services. Professional courtesy discounts or referral fees paid.