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Mara Elena Kent

Estate planning Attorney at Ann Arbor, MI

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1997
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Mara Kent is an attorney who specializes in estate planning, probate, trust administration, prenuptial planning, adoption, elder law and long-term care planning, as well as business and contracts law.  Mara is a 1993 graduate of the University of Michigan and a 1996 graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where she graduated summa cum laude and second in her law school class.  Mara is also a Senior Professor Emerita at Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley School of Law, and she continues to teach there as a visiting professor.  Mara and her husband Tom are natives of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where they raise their two daughters.  Mara enjoys running, painting, and being outside in nature.

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Location

Ferguson Widmayer & Clark, PC
538 N Division St
Ann Arbor, MI, 48104

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Posted by Rosalin | May 20, 2022
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Straight Forward Estate Planning
Mara Kent has been a pleasure to work with on our estate planning. She’s been thorough, knowledgeable, efficient, great at answering our questions, clear in her explanations, and helpful in all aspects of our estate needs. I would highly recommend her for legal advise and certainly, estate planning.
Posted by Kristi | January 21, 2022
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An excellent attorney & human being
Mara is amazing! I have utilized her services multiple times. Most recently, she represented me in a dispute with my financial institution. She had to educate this financial institution about the law and was able to resolve the dispute in my favor. She had a better grasp of the financial law than this institution with its team of professional lawyers. Previously she handled my estate planning & was delightful to work with. She enjoyed fielding my many questions and explaining legal terms to me. She not only knows the law backwards & forwards, but she has infinite patience to explain it to people in a very respectful, considerate manner. I would highly, highly recommend her.
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Posted by Tracy | June 26, 2018
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Very thorough, professional and personable
Mara handled my estate planning needs and was very clear in explaining what can be a very confusing subject. I appreciated her knowledge, thoroughness and friendly demeanor. I highly recommend Mara.
Posted by Betsy | May 22, 2018
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A True Expert in Her Field
I have the utmost confidence in Mara Kent. She handles her clients and cases with grace and firmness and her vast knowledge of estate planning, and all other pertinent issues is beyond impressive. Her thoroughness and her patience when explaining laws and processes is so appreciated. Dealing with legal issues can be so incredibly stressful, and Mara's calm demeanor is so reassuring, it makes the process tolerable. She is a true expert in her field.
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Posted by Norma | May 22, 2018
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Extremely detailed and highly knowledgeable
Mara was extremely helpful in explaining what my options were for my estate planning needs. She took the time to explain each document. Her calming personality helped put my concerns at ease. I would highly recommend her for any legal needs.
Posted by Amy | January 12, 2018
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Very detailed
We were very pleased with Mara and her attention to detail with our estate planning. She explains things well and provided our needed documents very quickly and with good follow up.
Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2018
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Highly Recommend!
When I was looking to have powers of attorney's drawn up for myself and my mother, Mara was very helpful. She took the time to explain things, was patient when we had a lot of questions and truly cared about our wishes. Mara was quick to respond to phone calls and e-mails and was very professional and yet approachable and friendly. I would highly recommend her for any legal needs!
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach & Buiteweg, PC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Bassett Law Firm
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Professor
  • Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley School of Law
  • 2000 - 2014
  • Attroney
  • Stein, Moran, Raimi, & Goethel, PC
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Judicial Law Clerk to Justice Michael F. Cavanagh
  • Michigan Supreme Court
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Law Clerk
  • Ford Motor Company Office Of The General Counsel/Human Resources
  • 1994 - 1996
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Education

  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BFA
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Long-Term Care Planning and Contract Law
  • Success. Negotiated a return of the assisted living fee and was able to pay the nursing home and conduct Medicaid planning to help protect the marital home.

Associations

  • Washtenaw County Bar Association, Estate Planning Probate Section
  • Co-chair
  • 2018 - Present
  • Washtenaw County Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Washtenaw County Elder Justice Coalition
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association, Estate Planning Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2010 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Faculty Scholarship
  • Legal Authors Society
  • 2006
  • Most Accessible Female Professor, Runner-up
  • Student Bar Association, Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 2006
  • Law Review of the Year (awarded to entire symposium issue)
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • 2005
  • Certificate of Dedication
  • Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 2004
  • Certificate of Merit
  • Western Michigan University Black Law Students Association
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (5)
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Estate planning Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mara for many years, and I highly endorse her for all estate planning and probate matters. I have referred many clients to her, including personal friends, and all have been extremely happy with her professionalism and attention to detail. Intelligent, hard-working, honest. I highly recommend her."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am pleased to post this endorsement of Mara Kent. Her knowledge of Contract Law is second to none. She takes a collaborative approach when working with other attorneys and she exemplified the highest levels of professionalism in the legal community and she is able to break down the issues and law so that anyone (lawyer or non-lawyer) can understand - something I consider important when dealing with my own clients!"
Estate planning Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mara is an experienced attorney with a background in academics as well as private practice. She is professional yet sensitive to her clients needs. Always eager to learn new things and new methods, Mara’s clients are satisfied."
Estate planning Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mara Kent is compassionate, knowledgeable, and highly qualified. I recommend her for estate planning and probate matters. She is responsive to the needs of her clients and always a pleasure to work with."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mara Kent is as passionate as she is knowledgeable. I would gladly seek her for legal help myself, which I think is the best endorsement another attorney can give. She also taught me everything I know about contracts."
Probate Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mara is a highly skilled estate and probate attorney. She is well-respected in her community by both her peers and professional affiliates. Clients I've referred to Mara appreciate the the great care and effort she invests in their legal matters."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mara is an exceptional attorney. She uses her expertise in contracts and estate planning to help her clients understand difficult concepts and make sound decisions. I highly recommend her."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known Attorney Kent since 2010. She is very well versed in contract law. In fact, she taught contract law in law school for many years. She is hardworking, dedicated, and listens to her client's needs. If I had a contract issue, she would be the first person I would contact. I endorse and highly recommend Attorney Mara Kent to anyone looking for an excellent contract attorney."
Probate Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
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