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Brook McCray Smith

Real estate Attorney at Ann Arbor, MI

4.5   8 reviews

also known as Brook Smith

  • Licensed for 49 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1974
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Brook

Learn Brook’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Business
    25%
    Entity formation, buying and selling businesses.

    50 years

  2. Real estate
    25%
    Commercial and residential real estate transactions.

    50 years

  3. Litigation
    20%
    Michigan and Federal Court litigation regarding business disputes, real estate transactions and boundry matters, contracts, and foreclosure.

    50 years

  4. Estate planning
    15%
    Plan and draft Revocable Living Trusts with Pour-Over Wills

    50 years

  5. Wills and living wills
    15%
    Prepare Wills, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Powers

    50 years

SOLVING COMPLEX BUSINESS, COMMERCIAL, REAL ESTATE AND ESTATE PLANNING LEGAL PROBLEMS

For many years, I have assisted clients with business matters, real estate transactions and estate planning issues.  I have successfully litigated in all levels of the Michigan cours system and am admitted to practice before the Eastern and Western Federal District Courts in Michigan as well as the 6th Ciruit Court of Appeal.

Awards

Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Top Contributor 2024,2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013
Top Contributor
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Location

Brook McCray Smith PC
5 Research Drive - Suite D
Ann Arbor, MI, 48103-2981

Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Good advice
He responded right away and gave me great advice I would like to hire him I think he would do a hell of a job on my case it's hard to find a lawyer to take a malpractice law suits and I have been trying since last summer to find a lawyer about my case
Posted by Al | October 5, 2013
Recommendation without hesitation. Brook is very well versed and competent
I have had the pleasure of knowing Brook, both professionally and personally, for thirty years and would not hesitate in recommending him. Brook is the consummate ‘Counselor’. Quite often I 'use' Brook as a sounding board as he has the ability to sort through actions and facts with a resulting recommendation that is always appropriate for the situation. Brook has handled a variety of Real Estate and Trust issues for me and has always been available to discuss various issues that came up from time to time.
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Posted by Manuel | February 26, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Attorney
Brook really helped guide me during a difficult time in my life. I got into a really shitty RV deal and well as usual, I had buyers remorse and had to walk it back.
Posted by anonymous | May 29, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Compassionate Lawyer
His advice was thorough and matter of fact without being rude in regards to my situation. He explained things in a manner I understood and helped alleviate some of my fears regarding court procedures.
Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extremely Professional
I find Attorney Smith understanding, practical and professional. He gave me sound legal advice regarding a bad situation I've been dealing with. I've reviewed his comments for other potential clients and he has been consistent and sticks with the facts, leaving out any personal bias. Highly recommend him!
Posted by Erin | October 9, 2013
Very knowledgeable and Extremely helpful!
Mr. Smith came highly recommended to us though both personal and professional sources. We couldn't have been happier that we chose him as our attorney. He helped my mother and I through the process of writing up durable and medical powers of attorney in addition to writing up a will for her. He went out of his way to accommodate her being in a hospital by coming right to us. He couldn't have been more patient when explaining things to my mother. He seemed very knowledgeable and had answers to all of our questions. Not only was he Knowledgeable and accommodating but he was very cheerful and friendly; a pleasure to work with. We will definitely be recommending Mr. Smith to anyone who needs services he is able to provide. We look forward to working with him in the future for additional family/estate planning.
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Posted by Craig | October 9, 2013
Referral for Brook Smith
I have known Brook for almost 20 years, and required his legal assistance for several diverse situations. Most notably, Brook helped me through the very complex process of purchasing a fully functional turnkey Hardware Store several years ago. Though I hired Brook for his legal services, I can clearly and confidently say that his wisdom, knowledge, and perspectives extend well beyond that. In addition to extremely competent legal advice, he often clarified a variety of things to me in light of their impact on my life or business, reminding me of the bigger perspective, which is one of the most notable things setting Brook apart from other Attorneys. Having moved on to a career in Real Estate, I frequently refer both buyers and sellers to Brook. As I continue to learn the role of Attorneys in real estate transactions, like other Realtors, I sometimes get frustrated with the issues Brook may raise that on the surface don’t seem important to me, only to later be humbled and realize how very important those issues were, and how valuable his involvement is in these transactions. I am now comforted when one of my Clients chooses to hire Brook, and I am always pleased to have the opportunity to work with and learn from him. Obviously I can, and often do recommend Brook without hesitation.
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Posted by Walter | November 11, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Rude and Unprofessional
Mr. Smith mischaracterized my case, offered no useful information, and was rude and sarcastic. His bizarre "advice" was essentially a scolding and it was clear that he either did not read or did not understand what I wrote. If I was unclear he could have simply asked clarifying questions, but he did not.
Response from Brook Smith November 22, 2020
Please note that although Walter states he consulted with me as a potential client, there was no consultation. Rather, he asked a question on Avvo and did not like the fact that I responded by urging him to honor his mother's stated wishes and move out of her house rather than forcing her to evict him. I stand by the recommendation, but it was not what Walter wanted to hear.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 310-310 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • BROOK McCRAY SMITH, P.C.
  • 1974 - Present
  • Vice President
  • Continental Capital Growth Corporation
  • 1971 - 1974

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1974
  • University of Michigan
  • BSE(IE)
  • 1970

Associations

  • US Sailing
  • Certified Judge
  • 1999 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • 1974 - Present
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association
  • 1974 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 1974 - Present
  • Real Estate Section - Washtenaw County Bar Assn
  • Co-chair
  • 2013 - 2014
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Honors and Awards

  • Rating: BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top Contributor Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Master Lawyer Designation
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (4)
Endorse Brook
Unknown Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Real estate Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Brook is one of the most diligent and intelligent attorneys I have ever been associated with. He is extremely thorough in his research and his work product and still enjoys litigation if needed. He is very polite and respectful to both lay persons and those within the profession, yet can be firm in advocating a legal position. I highly recommend Brook to all individuals seeking a lawyer within his practice areas."
Real estate Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brook Smith has a firm understanding of real property law and I am always interested to read his responses to the posts. I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brook Smith is an extremely talented lawyer. His ethics are impeccable, and he gets excellent results for his clients. I am pleased to endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Other
"This attorney goes above and beyond to get the best results for clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Real estate Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Smith and I practice in some of the same areas of law. For that reason, I have had the opportunity to view a great many of his answers on Avvo. The information he provides is not only spot on in terms of the law, but helpful and informative, as well. I would not hesitate to recommend Attorney Smith to a friend or family member. James Frederick"
Business Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Brook is a very knowledgeable and experienced lawyer. He is highly respected in his practice areas. I recommend Brook."
Business Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Brook Smith as an attorney with broad knowledge and extensive experience in the areas of business and real estate law. I have worked with Brook on many matters over the years in these areas of the law and hope to do so again in the future. I know I can rely on his legal advice and counsel on all business and real estate issues, as well as other legal matters that he has dealt with in his many years of practice."
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Ann Arbor Real estate Lawyer Brook McCray Smith
Brook McCray Smith
Real estate Attorney
Ann Arbor, MI
Licensed for 49 years