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William H. Gaggos

Probate Attorney at Troy, MI

5.0   55 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Probate
    35%
    The goals of the probate process are to provide a final accounting of the decedent’s assets, ensure that his or her valid debts are paid, and provide for an orderly distribution of the Estate. Through the probate process, property held in the decedent’s individual name is ultimately transferred to the heirs. If there is a Will, the probate court will follow the provisions of the Will in transferring the assets.

    23 years, 80 cases

  2. Estate planning
    30%
    If you would like to avoid probate, minimize taxes, protect your assets and ensure that your personal and financial affairs are handled as you desire, you need an estate plan. An estate plan generally involves having a Last Will, a Power of Attorney, a Patient Advocate Designation and sometimes a Revocable Living Trust. All of these documents must be tailored to your particular circumstances and needs.

    23 years, 1,800 cases

  3. Business
    15%
    Before making the decision of which entity to use, you need to understand the varying administrative requirements, tax implications and legal rights and obligations of each option. Whether you ultimately choose to do business as a Sole Proprietor, LLC or Corporation, we can help you make the right decision to ensure your choice of entity affords you all the tax advantages and legal protection the law allows.

    23 years, 100 cases

  4. Trusts
    15%
    Handling a Trust or Estate for a deceased or incapacitated person is very different than handling your own assets. The fiduciary often has to balance the competing interests of many family members. The responsibilities should not be taken lightly, even if everyone appears to get along and there are few assets or liabilities. If the fiduciary does not handle everything properly, he or she could become personally liable for any problems.

    23 years, 1,800 cases

  5. Elder law
    5%
    No one likes to think of themselves, their spouse or someone they love losing their independence. For many elderly people, having to leave home to live in an assisted living facility or nursing home is a disconcerting reality.

    17 years, 40 cases

I was born in Highland Park, Michigan, the oldest of four children. My mother was a homemaker and my father a businessman who worked long hours. Mom and dad were both depression babies and children of Greek immigrants. Mom was an only child with a stay-at-home mother and resourceful father who managed a modest but comfortable living even in the hardest of economic times, but my dad’s situation was very different. Being one of five children with a disabled father and a mother who barely spoke English, he and his family grew up in poverty. He and his siblings peddled papers in Detroit from the age of eight to bring money home to help support the family.

My dad and his family’s experience growing up has greatly influenced my perspective of family, work and money. I have personally and professionally observed the benefits, burdens and complications that wealth, and the lack of it, imposes on families. I bring that perspective and experience, along with volumes of technical knowledge, to each and every estate and business planning engagement.

I earned my degree in accounting from Michigan State University (1992) and my law degree from the University of Detroit (1995). Following law school I worked for five years as a CPA with two local accounting firms. After leaving public accounting I worked for two local law firms until 2008 when I formed my own practice.

I enjoy the personal and business relationships I have developed with my clients and business colleagues over the years. I pride myself in helping my clients organize their personal estate and business affairs by offering practical solutions for them and their families to avoid or minimize unnecessary government processes and taxes.

My wife and I live in Beverly Hills, Michigan. We have two children. When I am not helping raise my family, I enjoy fishing, hunting and downhill skiing. I am also an avid reader of historical fiction and philosophy.

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Location

Gaggos Flaggman, PLLC
2250 Butterfield Dr Ste 240
Troy, MI, 48084-3404

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Reviews

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Posted by Christopher | February 20, 2024
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Estate planning
Bill exceeded my expectations on my father’s estate planning. It was a very difficult time for me, Bill took the time to walk me through the process. He was very knowledgeable, professional and most important responsive. Billing was accurate, precise and reasonable. I will be using Bill for all of my future estate and legal business matters moving forward. I consider him a friend. -Christopher Maiberger
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Posted by Frank | November 1, 2023
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Estate Planning
My wife and I met with Mr. William (Bill) Gaggos on a few occasions to develop estate planning documents. Our first introduction was by phone. He was very cordial and professional on our call. We decided to move ahead and work with Bill to develop a comprehensive estate plan. We were extremely satisfied with the results of our engagement. I would use Bill's services in the future and recommend him to anyone who is interested in developing an estate plan.
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Posted by Shelly | August 19, 2022
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Knowledgeable, professional, trustworthy
We hired Bill Gaggos for our estate planning, and we couldn't be happier with our choice! Bill addressed all of our concerns and brought up issues we never thought of. We feel very confident and secure that our estate planning is in good hands!
Posted by Mark | December 14, 2021
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Estate planning
I was referred to Attorney Gaggos by my banker in order to update my living will. He is extremely knowledgeable and professional. He took care of things quickly and anticipated any problems before they happened. I would highly recommend him and his staff.
Posted by Deborah and James | August 16, 2021
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Estate planning
Excellent estate lawyer, helped us though everything in great detail. It truly appeared he know his stuff.
Posted by Leonard | July 18, 2021
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Estate Planning
Bill Gaggos has been my estate planning attorney for over ten years. Bill has guided my wife and I, and other family members in planning and revising our will and trusts. He listens and asks questions in order to provide us with the best options/services that our tailored to our individual requirements. I would highly recommend Bill to anyone looking for an estate planning attorney.
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Posted by Rick | July 16, 2021
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Professional, Efficient Probate/Trust Attorney
William Gaggos provided expert legal assistance in settling the estate and expediting the Revocable Trust of my recently departed spouse. His services included the resolution of numerous financial and legal items in a professional manner and in an efficient timeframe. Mr. Gaggos made this necessary task more bearable by handling all the details with very little effort on my part, including the efficient use of emails with minimal office visits necessary.
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Posted by Joanne | July 13, 2021
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Review, William H. Gaggos
After my husband's unexpected passing early this year, I hired Mr. Gaggos to advise me and provide legal counsel with respect to a slightly unusual probate issue regarding my husband's estate. Throughout this process his handling has been on point in every way - timely, appropriate and with professional skill. Not being a lawyer myself, from time to time I asked questions about process and terms which he answered patiently and to my full satisfaction. I would definitely recommend Mr. Gaggos to anyone seeking legal counsel in his specialty.
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Posted by Sterling | December 29, 2020
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Quality legal representation
William Gaggos is extremely professional and well connected. Mr. Gaggos listens to his clients and is focused on achieving their desired legal outcomes.
Posted by Eugene | August 22, 2020
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Knowledgable of current and proposed laws
My wife and I hired Mr. Gaggos to update an outdated estate plan. His knowledge of proposed legislation helped us to navigate a better course.
Posted by William | February 11, 2020
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Client
Hired Bill to handle my mother's estate. He is extremely knowledgeable and professional. Took care of things quickly and anticipated any problems before they happened. Went on to have him plan my trust as well. I would highly recommend him and his staff.
Posted by Diana | February 6, 2020
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Thank you!
I hired Mr. Gaggos to rewrite our trust. He is very knowledgeable in his field and has a keen understanding of people. This translated to designing our trust to very effectively meeting our family needs and desires. I feel his consultation was so very helpful. I highly recommend Mr. Gaggos.
Posted by William | September 26, 2019
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Client
Mr. Gaggos has been very helpful and knowledgeable about developing my estate plan and will documents. He provided insights and recommendations, that I feel was far past the engagement.
Posted by Laura | September 22, 2019
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Estate planning from an excellent attorney
I was referred to Attorney Gaggos by another attorney in 2011 when I decided to create a will, irrevocable trust, and durable power of attorney for both health care and financial matters. What resonated with me most was the amount of time he spent in reviewing my personal life, profession life, goals, plans for end of life care and wishes for those left behind, before creating these documents. All of the documents were "me" specific rather than just standard forms. I have revised the documents twice since the originals with the same warm professionalism exhibited by him. His upfront pricing is well worth the money. I am looking forward to his new electronic program designed to gather information in one database. He is the only estate planning attorney I highly recommend to friends and colleagues.
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Posted by Jim | September 4, 2019
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Review Gaggos
Bill redid our will along with all our estate planning and personal documents. He was extremely thorough, explained everything very well, spoke to us in language we understood, and made special accommodations for our handicapped son.
Posted by Ron | August 12, 2019
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Best Lawyer I found!
After contacting several other lawyers from the internet I was fortunate to find Bill. Bill listened to my original thoughts and suggested a much more efficient and reasonable plan to accomplish my needs. He also gave me a ballpark estimate of the cost before our first meeting. All the work was done in the time frame as advertised and at a very reasonable cost! He tailored my plan to meet my needs, budget and made me feel very secure about the results.
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Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2019
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Positive experience
Went in for estate planning. He explained the process to us and helped us decide what fit our needs. He was friendly, efficient, and through. I will definitely recommend him to friends and family.
Posted by Bob Cpa | January 28, 2019
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Estate planning
Great lawyer. I have used him personally and have my CPA clients use him. Take his time in explaining your options.. Easy to work with.
Posted by Matt | January 16, 2019
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Excellent Atttorney
My wife and I hired Bill Gaggos 14 years ago to advise us on estate planning after we were married. We were especially nervous about getting things done correctly, as my wife brought a 6 year old daughter to our marriage and we also recently had our second daughter (our first together). After meeting and discussing our particular family needs, Bill advised us on a will and trust that would work best for us. After 15 years together, we recently went back to have our trust and will updated to reflect our changes in family and finances. We were very satisfied with the solutions he presented to us and the ease and timeliness with which it was done. Bill uses all of the latest technology making review and consultation of things easy as well. Also, my wife and I both felt very comfortable talking with him about our life. He is very nice, and also very professional. I highly recommend Bill Gaggos for all estate planning needs.
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Posted by anonymous | December 31, 2018
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Trust preparation
Bill Gaggos gave excellent advice on preparing my trust. He took the time to answer all of my questions (and was patient with me). He did an excellent job preparing the final draft of my trust. Really gave me great advice on trusts, deeds, and advice about sharing a cabin with family members.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 125-375 per hour
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Gaggos Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2008 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Abear & Gaggos, PC
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Attorney
  • Calhoun, Di Ponio & Gaggos, PLC
  • 2001 - 2006
  • Staff CPA
  • Jenkins & Company, PC
  • 1995 - 2001
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Education

  • University of Detroit
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Michigan State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Associations

  • Michigan Associate of CPAs
  • CPA
  • 1997 - Present
  • Michigan State Bar
  • Attorney
  • 1997 - Present
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • Monthly Meeting Group - West Side
  • IRA Distributions and Taxation with Estate Planning
  • 2019
  • Grosse Pointe CPAs
  • Top Nine Estate Planning Tips for CPAs
  • 2018
  • U of M Tax Associates
  • Estate Planning
  • 2015

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Estate planning Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bill is a talented attorney with a great understanding of business and estate planning issues. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him, and would highly recommend him to others."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Bill has superior knowledge in his practice area. He approaches each case with sound business reasoning and cares about achieving the best possible result for his clients."
Probate Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Bill for many years and find him skilled, thorough and thoughtful."
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Troy Probate Lawyer William H. Gaggos
William H. Gaggos
Probate Attorney
Troy, MI
Licensed for 26 years