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Christopher J. Berry

About Me

I am one of a handful of CERTIFIED ELDER LAW ATTORNEYS in all of Michigan and a VA Accredited attorney.  I've dedicated my practice to helping seniors, veterans and their families navigate the long-term care legal maze.

I teach estate planning and elder law to law students at Western Michigan Cooley Law School.

I am the author of the Caregiver's Legal Guide to Planning for a "Loved One with Chronic Illness" and I have co-authored a nationally released book, Estate Planning Strategies, which gives practical information that addresses common estate planning concerns.  I have also contributed to and was quoted in The Complete Guide to Organizing Your Records for Estate Planning by John N. Peragine, Jr.  In addition to his written work, I have also spoken and taught numerous financial advisors on advanced estate planning techniques, including stand alone retirement plan trusts that force the stretch out of IRAs. 

I am a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a Finance and Psychology Degree along with Michigan State University College of Law. After law school, I earned a Certification of Completion for the Estate Planning and Probate Program co-sponsored by the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan and the Institute of Continued Legal Education.


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Practice Areas


  1. Elder Law: 48%
    10 years, 50 cases
  2. Estate Planning: 47%
    10 years, 200 cases
  3. Medicaid & Medicare: 5%



Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

14 total 

  • Shawn P. Eyestone

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Shawn Eyestone Business Attorney
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  • Neel G Shah

    I endorse this lawyer. Chris is a consummate professional. He cares very much about his clients and goes the extra mile to ensure they receive excellent service.


    Neel Shah Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


MIActive And In Good Standing200509/02/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers2015
Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA)National Elder Law Foundation2013
Estate Planning Top LawyerDBusiness2013
Top LawyerDBusiness Magazine2012
Certificate of RecognitionSociety of Financial Service Professionals2010
VA Accredited AttorneyVeterans Administration2008
Certificate of CompletionUniversity of Detroit Mercy School of Law2008
Spirit of DetroitDetroit City Council2007
Certification of Completion for Estate Planning and ProbateInstitute of Continued Legal Education2007
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyThe Elder Care Firm2007 - Present
AttorneyLegal Issues PLLC2005 - 2007
Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2010 - Present
Michigan Business and Professional AssociationMember2010 - Present
Oakland County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Michigan WealthCounsel Document Drafting CommitteeMember2010 - Present
Oakland County Senior Service LBNVice President2010 - Present
Ion Strategic PartnersMember2010 - Present
PVM Village of Oakland WoodsBoard of Trustees2010 - Present
Leadership OaklandMember2010 - Present
Oakland County Bar, Probate CommitteeMember2010 - Present
Michigan Forum of Estate PlanningMember2010 - Present
Elder Care AllianceCharter Member2010 - Present
ElderCounselMember2010 - Present
National Care Planning CouncilMember2009 - Present
Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber of CommerceAmbassador2009 - Present
Society of Financial Service ProfessionalsMember2008 - Present
WealthCounselMember2007 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember2005 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Lafarge Corp. v. Altech Environment USA, 220 F.Supp.2d 823, 827-28 (E.D.Mich.2002)Favorable
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Publication NameTitleDate
NAELA JournalWhy a VA Practice2011
Wealthcounsel Estate Planning BlogWhat You Need to Know About Veterans Benefits Planning2010
Michigan Estate Planning BlogFederal Estate Tax Deal Falls Apart2010
Michigan Estate Planning Lawyer BlogMichigan Veterans Benefits Planning Information2010
Estate Planning StrategiesTestamentary Capacity2009
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Michigan State University College of LawCorporationsJuris Doctorate2004
Grand Valley State UniversityFinance & PsychologyBS - Bachelor of Science2001
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Traverse City VFWVeterans Benefits2011
Seminar to ClientsVeterans Benefits Planning2011
Open HouseLegal Issues Effecting Seniors2011
Financial Planning Association Annual SymposiumVeterans Benefits Planning for Financial Professionals2011
Oakland County Senior ServicesMichigan Elder Law2010
Oakland County Senior Service Local Business NetworkThe Need for Powers of Attorney2010
Oakland County Senior Service GroupEstate Planning & Elder Law2010
Oakland County Senior Service GroupVA Benefits2010
Local Business NetworkElder Law2010
Horizons RDI Parent TeleseminarsLegal Planning for Children with Special Needs2010
Financial Workshop for Ford EmployeesEstate Planning2010
Financial WorkshopTrust Based Estate Planning2010
Estate Planning at the FountainsEstate Planning and Probate2010
Estate ConservationEstate Conservation Concepts2010
ElderCare Solutions Quarterly ConferenceIssues in Elder Law2010
Client Appreciation EventVA Benefits2010