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Lauren M. Underwood

Estate planning Attorney at Bingham Farms, MI

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  • Licensed for 32 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Active in Good Standing Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2010

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2010. See details

About Lauren

Learn Lauren’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    30%
    With countless free or low-cost estate planning forms readily available on the Internet, many people think that estate planning is simple and there is no need to work with an experienced estate planning lawyer. Call today to see how a lawyer helps.

    32 years

  2. Probate
    30%
    The emotional turmoil after a loved one's death can make the legal responsibilities — such as distributing your loved one's assets — seem insurmountable. These same emotions can heighten tensions between family members when they disagree. Call now.

    32 years

  3. Trusts
    20%
    There are many different types of trusts that are designed to achieve a wide range of goals. However, they can all be implemented to protect your assets and estate. Call now for a free consultation.

    32 years

  4. Litigation
    10%
    Attorney Underwood has been helping people in Michigan since 1991. She is a premier litigator and can help you through your trial. Give her a call today for a free case evaluation and get the help you need.

    32 years

  5. Mediation
    10%
    Both parties must agree to the terms of the solution. The mediation process involves a neutral third-party mediator who works as a go-between for the parties, negotiating a resolution that is the result of give-and-take from both parties.

    32 years

GUIDANCE WHEN YOU NEED IT MOST. CALL NOW FOR A FREE CONSULT.

A true problem solver, I have helped individuals and families with estate planning, probate and trust matters in a creative, result-oriented style.  From protecting beneficiaries to helping adults with changing capacity needs (such as dementia or physical incapacity), I am adept at settling cases or taking your case to court to get results that make sense for you and your family.

Location

Bingham Legal Group PC

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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very Disappointing
It was my experience that Ms. Underwood presumes that her clients are not as intelligent as she believes she is and therefore tries to get as much money from them as she can while doing the least amount of work. As the Attorney for our father’s estate, my sisters and I found her to be unresponsive to our many requests for accounting and supporting documentation causing us to seek new counsel. We would recommend you hire an attorney who will put any and all assets of your loved one in an interest bearing trust account, which Ms. Underwood did not do for us. As a result, a lot of money was lost and we felt we were grossly overcharged for her representation (or should I say “misrepresentation”).
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2010.

Suspension issued in MI, 2010
updated on 03/18/2013

Suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Bingham Legal Group
  • 2007 - Present

Education

  • Detroit College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Wayne State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980

Associations

  • Probate & Estate Planning Advisory Board, ICLE
  • Board Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member (Real Property, Trust law and Taxation Sections)
  • 1991 - Present
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate and Estate Planning Section
  • Chair
  • 2007 - 2008
  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate and Estate Planning Section
  • Chair Elect
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2010
  • EPIC Q & A Panel
  • Panel Member
  • 2000 - 2001
  • State of Michigan - Standard Jury Instructions Committee of the Probate and Estate Planning Council
  • Chair
  • 1998 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017

Publications

  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (Michigan)
  • Michigan Estate Planning Handbook
  • 2015
  • Michigan Bar Journal, December
  • Michigan's New Disclaimer of Property Interests Act
  • 1996
  • Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal, Volume 14, No 3, Spring-Summer
  • Disclaimer of Property Interests Act: Public Act 131 of 1996
  • 1996
  • Michigan Tax Lawyer, Issue 4, Fourth Quarter
  • Generation Skipping Transfer Tax - Here to Stay
  • 1992
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Endorse Lauren
Probate Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Lauren for a substantial amount of time. She is wonderful to work with, and we have shared work on several files over the years. She is capable, conscientious, and very thorough in her work. I have also, on occasion, referred clients to her where I felt that she would be suitable for their needs."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Lauren for over 15 years. She possesses superior knowledge in the areas of estate planning and tax. I would not hesitate to use her personally or to recommend her to friends and family."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Friend
"I know Lauren to be ethical, intelligent, detail-oriented, client-focused and a good and honest person. I have been and remain confident in her ability to provide excellent and reliable legal service. 4/16/2011 K. Kleber"

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Bingham Farms Estate planning Lawyer Lauren M. Underwood
Lauren M. Underwood
Estate planning Attorney
Bingham Farms, MI
Licensed for 32 years
Free Consultation
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2010. See details