Skip to main content
Mary T. Schmitt Smith

Mary T. Schmitt Smith

also known as Mary T. Schmitt Smith

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Trusts, Elder Law

Client reviews

Not yet reviewed

About Me

In order to better serve your needs, I keep current on the latest rulings and updates in my specialty areas.  They include:


 


1.] Elder Law, of which I am the first Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) in the state of Michigan, and a Fellow of National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).


 


2.] Special Needs Trusts, of which I am a founding member of Special Needs Alliance (SNA)


 


3]. Estates and Probate.  I keep current by speaking at and attending a variety of legal conferences.


 


I have a Passion for Protection.

More 

Photos and Videos

759773 1365703357

759773 1365703432

759773 1411735989

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1979

  1. Estate Planning: 34%
    36 years
  2. Elder Law: 33%
    36 years
  3. Trusts: 33%
    36 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($300-350/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Robert B Fleming

    Mary is a great source of information on trusts, especially special needs trusts. I have worked on several cases with her, and rely on her expertise on a regular basis -- despite the fact that we practice 2,000 miles apart from one another. She has a well-deserved national reputation, and she is great to work with.

    More 

    Robert Fleming Trusts Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael Einheuser

    I have know Mary for her entire career as an attorney. She has superior knowledge in the areas of Special Needs Trusts and planning for people with disabilities. I would not hesitate to use her for my own needs nor recommend her to friends and family.

    More 

    Michael Einheuser Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

800 W Long Lake Rd Ste 220
Bloomfield Hills, MI, 48302

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MIActive And In Good Standing197909/02/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Named to the Michigan Super Lawyers listSuper Lawyers2014
Named to the Michigan Super Lawyers listSuper Lawyers2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Named to the Michigan Super Lawyers listSuper Lawyers2012
EP Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service AwardExceptional Parent Magazine - Disability Awareness Night - Detroit Tigers - Comerica Park2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Named to the Michigan Super Lawyers listSuper Lawyers2011
dbusiness Top LawyersDetroit's Premier Business Journal2010
Named to the Michigan Super Lawyers listSuper Lawyers2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Named to the Michigan Super Lawyers listSuper Lawyers2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Named to the Michigan Super Lawyers listSuper Lawyers2008
Named to the Michigan Super Lawyers listSuper Lawyers2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
Theresa AwardTheresa Alessandra Russo Foundation2003
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1999

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerTheresa Law Center, PC2005 - Present

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Special Needs AllianceCharter Member2004 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysFellow2003 - Present
National Elder Law FoundationCertified Elder Law Attorney -1st in Michigan1999 - Present
The ARC of Oakland CountyBoard of Directors1987 - 1999
The Arc of Oakland CountyLifetime Member1987 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Spectrum v Anna M Bowling Irrevocable Trust (SNT), 410 F. 3d 304 (6th CCA)Reversed decision for Spectrum, found their lien violated Medicaid's balance-billing prohibition and was invalid.

See all Legal Cases 

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Exceptional ParentMedieval Moves Modern SNTs Investing in Real Estate: Maximizing Security for the Trust Beneficiary2010
UDM School of Law -The DocketA Voice for Seniors and People with Disabilities2010
Exceptional Parent MagazineLESSONS IN TRANSITION: Planning for a Child Moving to Her Own Place in the Community2009

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State UniversityTaxLLM- Masters of Law1986
University of DetroitLawJD - Juris Doctor1979

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Parents Enrichment ProgramPlanning for Your Child with Special Needs2011