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Doug McPhail settled in western Michigan as boy when his late father accepted a pastorate in Muskegon.
Doug earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Mass Communications from Taylor University where he was active in student government leadership roles. After college, Doug enrolled at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law where he graduated with honors in 1988. Doug earned the American Jurisprudence Award for Academic Excellence in the area of professional responsibility and was published member of the University of Detroit Law Review.
While in law school, Doug served as a summer intern and law clerk for John W. Whitehead and the Rutherford Institute, a nationally recognized non-profit organization known for the defense of civil liberties.
After completing law school, Doug returned home to western Michigan and started his own law practice focused exclusively on estate planning and elder law issues.
Doug is a member of Lawyers With Purpose, Wealth Counsel, the Muskegon County Bar Association and the West Michigan Estate Planning Counsel.
In addition to his professional pursuits, Doug is an accomplished artist and the proud father of 3 talented sons: the oldest, Cameron, is an officer in the U.S. Army Infantry; Thomas is a scholarship awardee to Candler School of Theology at Emery University; and, Taylor is a former All State Wrestler at Mona Shores High and current student and academic All American at Alma College.
Hourly ($125-350/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)
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I endorse this lawyer. Doug is an exceptional attorney who truly cares about his clients and their families. He brings experience, skill and compassion to his work in elder law and estate planning. I would not hesitate to recommend him to a relative or friend in need of his services.
Steven Riley Estate Planning Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I had the good fortunate of collaborating with Doug on a high net worth project. He was great at suggesting creative solutions for complex situations. He was also extremely patient, thoughtful and delivered great results. I would engage Doug to do my planning.
Randall Borkus Estate Planning Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
|MI||Active And In Good Standing||1989||09/02/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Advanced Wealth-Strategist Planner||Esperti Peterson Institute for Global Wealth Strategies Planning||2001|
|American Jurisprudence Book Award||Thomson West Publishing||1988|
|Estate Planning Attorney||Douglas H. McPhail||1989 - Present|
|Legal Intern||Gruel Mills Nims & Pylman||1988 - 1989|
|Intern||The Rutherford Institute||1987 - 1987|
|Legal Intern||Plunkett & Cooney||1986 - 1987|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Lawyers With Purpose||Member||2014 - Present|
|WealthCounsel||Member||2012 - Present|
|Esperti Peterson Institute||Post doctoral studies||2000 - 2001|
|National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys||Member||1998 - 2012|
|Muskegon County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Lake Michigan Estate Planning Council||Member||N/A|
|University of Detroit Law Review||Casenotes: Constitutional Law||1987|
|University of Detroit Mercy School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1988|
|Taylor University||Political Science & Mass Communications||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1984|
|WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin||Estate Planning||2015|
|Harbor Hospice||Medicaid Review Workshop||2015|
|Comfort Keepers||Medicaid Review Workshop||2015|
|7 Threats to Your Family Security||7 Threats to Your Family Security||2015|
|Edward Jones Advisors||Estate Planning Pitfalls Every Family Should Know||2014|
|Norton Shores, MI||Protect Your Estate Protect Your Legacy||2013|
|Norton Shores||Did You Work Hard to Leave Everything to a Nursing Home?||2013|
|Fairfield Inn, Norton Shores, MI||Did You Work Hard All Your Life to Leave Everything to a Nursing Home?||2012|
|National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys||Medicaid Planning & Marketing||2008|
|Muskegon, MI||How to Protect Your Dreams||2008|
|National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys Indianapolis, Indiana||Putting the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 into Practice – New Opportunities in Medicaid/Long-Term Care Asset Protection Planning||2006|
|National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys 2 day program Scottsdale, AZ||Understanding and Implementing Medicaid/Long-Term Care Asset Protection Planning in your Elder Law Practice”||2005|
|National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys Orlando, Florida||The Basics of Medicaid Planning||2003|
|National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys Las Vegas, Nevada||Advanced Medical Planning Issues||2003|
|West Michigan Estate Planning Counsel||History of the Estate Tax||N/A|
|Ask the Lawyer Public television program||Estate Planning Q & A||N/A|