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Practice areas


  1. Family: 22%
  2. Elder Law: 20%
  3. Estate Planning: 20%
  4. Bankruptcy & Debt: 10%
  5. Other: 28%
  6. More 



Hourly ($150-200/hour), contingent (25-33%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (25%)

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1918 E Michigan Ave
Lansing, MI, 48912

LaFave Smith Center for Family & Elder Law

1918 E. Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI, 48912-2829



MIActive And In Good Standing200311/03/2015

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Reprimand
    issued in MI, 2011


    Reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney and Counselor at LawDenise LaFave Smith, PLLC d/b/a LaFave Smith Center for Family & Elder Law2004 - Present
AttorneyLegal Services of Eastern Michigan2003 - 2004
Legal InternState of Michigan, Attorney General2002 - 2002
Associate Administrative DirectorSparrow/MSU Family Practice Residency Program1987 - 2000
Legal SecretaryDickinson Wright Moon Van Dusen & Freeman1985 - 1987
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolConstitutional Law/Civil Rights, LitigationJuris Doctor2002
Spring Arbor UniversityManagement and Organizational DevelopmentBachelor of Arts2001