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Shaheen I. Imami

Shaheen I. Imami

Practice areas:

Probate, Trusts, Wills & Living Wills, Estate Planning, Appeals, Mediation

About Me

Despite the negativity that often surrounds the public's view of lawyers, I hope that my perspective of lawyers is not unlike how most lawyers view themselves - that my job is to help clients navigate through confusing and difficult situations.


 


Effectively serving a client requires a balance of both the "attorney" and "counselor" sides of being a lawyer.  This is not always comfortable or even appreciated at first, but my role is to protect my client's short-term and long-term interests.  So, while a client might not always want to hear what I have to say, he or she might need to hear it in order to best evaluate a situation and make proper decisions.


 


These tensions are especially prevalent in my firm's practice areas of estate planning, probate, will and trust litigation and administration, conservatorships, and guardianships because the issues often force clients to deal with end of life decisions and raw emotions involving other family members.  This reality can make it more difficult for a client to do what is practical, especially when stark issues of right and wrong are involved.  In fact, it isn't unusual for issues involving "principle" to overshadow basic economics or practicality.  In these situations, I try to counsel clients on the range of potential outcomes, the paths to resolution, and the best estimate of the costs involved.  Yet, if a client is adamant about pursuing something as a matter of principle, then I will devote my full ability to achieving that goal.


 


Unfortunately, there is always the possibility that a client will be disappointed in an outcome or even with me - and this may be more true in my practice areas than most.  It would be disingenuous for me to say that every one of my clients was happy with how his or her case ended.  But I will say that when a client is dissatisfied, I do my best to find out why and whether anything could have been done to avoid the disappointment.  In the end, I try to devote my full ability to every client and achieve the best result possible under the circumstances.  If I do that, then I've done my job.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1996

  1. Probate: 30%
    19 years
  2. Wills & Living Wills: 25%
    19 years
  3. Trusts: 25%
    19 years
  4. Estate Planning: 10%
    19 years
  5. Other: 10%
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Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($115-315/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

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Contact Info

Prince Law Firm

31300 Northwestern Hwy
Farmington Hills, MI, 48334

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MIActive And In Good Standing199606/27/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super Lawyers - Rising Stars for 2008Super Lawyers2008

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney/ShareholderPrince Law Firm2002 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Probate & Estate Planning Advisory Board for the Institute of Continuing Legal EducationBoard Member2007 - Present
Probate & Estate Planning Section - State Bar of MichiganCouncil Member2005 - Present
Oakland County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionMemberN/A
Wayne County Probate Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Livingston County Bar Association, Probate SectionMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
In re Bruce D. Cameron Trust (Mich. App. No. 257306)Affirmed probate court ruling.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Michigan Probate Litigation - A Guide to Contested MattersChapter 8 - "Breach of Fiduciary Duties"2005
Trust Administration in Michigan, 2d Ed.Chapter 2 - "Trustee Duties & Liabilities"2005
Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal"The Probate Judge Ordered Mediation - Now What?"2002
Michigan Probate & Estate Planning JournalProbate Council Q & AN/A

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgia State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Michigan State UniversityAccountingBA - Bachelor of Arts1991

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
48th Annual Probate and Estate Planning Institute"Malpractice Traps for the Unwary Estate Planner"2008
44th Annual Probate and Estate Planning Institute"Preparing for Evidentiary Hearings and Discovery of Medical, Health, and Pharmacy Records"2004
Fundamentals of Estate Administration"Claims Against the Estate"N/A