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About me

I am an estate planning and asset protection attorney.

I  protect my clients and their families, estates, charities and businesses. 

My primary fields of practice are estate planning, elder law, business and real estate, probate and trust administration, charitable giving and non-profit organizations.


Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 25%
    29 years
  2. Probate: 25%
    34 years
  3. Business: 25%
    34 years
  4. Estate Planning: 25%
    34 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Christopher Daniel Leroi

    Mr. Bartnik constantly provides excellent legal advice that not only benefit the asker of the question, but also fellow attorneys. Even though I have been an attorney for 23 years and even a judge and magistrate, I learn new aspects about the law from him every day.


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  • Michael Kuldiner

    I endorse this lawyer as a valuable member of this forum. Attorneys who participate in this forum are providing useful information for those in need and should be commended. Further, the type of information conveyed is in the true spirit of professionalism where information is provided to help those in need which is the underpinning of the legal profession. Often the users of this forum are given second opinions that expand on information or provide contradictory information. Providing information empowers the uninformed to go forward with confronting their legal problems. I recommend and endorse this attorney.


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Contact info

Bartnik Law Offices

101 W Big Beaver Rd
14th Flr
Troy, MI, 48084-5253


MIActive And In Good Standing198111/03/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Leadership Class 2013National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter2013
Probate and Estate Planning Program Certificate through 2015Institute for Continuing Education2012
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
2010 Pro Bono Recognition Certificate of AppreciationUnited States District Court Eastern District Michigan2010
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Probate and Estate Planning Certificate Program to 2012Institute for Continuing Legal Education2009
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Wayne County Probate Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Birmingham ToastmastersMember, President 2013, VP Education 20122011 - Present
Macomb County Probate Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Michigan Forum of Estate Planning AttorneysMember2011 - Present
Board of Zoning Appeals City of TroyVice-Chair2009 - 2011
Board of Zoning Appeals City of TroyMember2007 - 2013
State Bar of Michigan, Standing Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of the LawMember2001 - 2004
State Bar of Michigan, Business Law SectionMember1995 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, Probate and Estate Planning SectionMember1995 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember1981 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
American Eagle Credit Corp v Gaskins 920 F2d 352N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Advanced Elder LawAdvanced Asset Transfers To Qualify for Medicaid2014
Estate Planning For Farmers and RanchersIncome and Gift Tax Planning2014
Leave a Legacy Southeast MichiganCharitable Remainder Trusts: Creating, Monitoring, Terminating2013
Tax Planning for Trusts and EstatesFederal Estate Tax Update2012
Tax Planning for Trusts and EstatesGift Tax Planning Update2012
National Business Institute SeminarCharitable Giving and Specialized Trusts: Top 102009
National Business Institute SeminarBusiness Entities: Top 10 Estate Planning Techniques2009
National Business Institute SeminarEstate Planning Basics2006
National Business Institute SeminarMichigan Elder Care Planning: How To Protect Assets2005
National Business InstituteAsset Protection Techniques In Michigan2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
University of DetroitN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts, cum laude1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Estate Planning for Farmers and RanchersIncome and Gift Tax Planning2014
Advanced Elder LawAdvanced Asset Transfers to Qualify for Medicaid2014
Development Day 2013Charitable Remainder and Lead Trusts: Creating, Monitoring, Terminating Split-Interest Gifts2013
WMTV The John Prost ShowLeave a Legacy Charitable Planning2012
Tax Planning for Trusts and EstatesGift Tax Planning Update2012
Tax Planning for Trusts and EstatesFederal Estate Tax Update2012
Rotary Club Mt. Clemens MichiganLeave a Legacy Charitable Planning2012
Top 10 Estate Planning TechniquesBusiness Entities: Top 10 Estate Planning Techniques2009
Top 10 Estate Planning TechniquesCharitable Giving and Specialized Trusts2009
Michigan Estate Planning BasicsEstate Planning Basics2006
Michigan Elder Care PlanningLong Term Elder Care: How To Protect Assets and Provide for Services2005
Asset Protection Techniques in MichiganAsset Protection2003