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Peter Charles Clark

Business Attorney at Ann Arbor, MI

5.0   9 reviews

also known as Peter C. Clark, Ferguson Widmayer PC

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  • Licensed for 12 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2010
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About Peter

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PEACE OF MIND THROUGH COMPREHENSIVE ESTATE PLANNING, PROBATE, BUSINESS, AND REAL ESTATE SERVICES.

Peter was born and raised in Ann Arbor and deeply values his ties to the local community. In 2018, Peter merged his Ann Arbor law firm, The Law Offices of Peter C. Clark, PLC, into Ferguson Widmayer & Clark PC where he now operates as a Principal/Shareholder. Peter practices in the areas of estate planning (to include high-value taxable estates), trust and estate administration, business planning, and real estate. Peter also devotes a large amount of time to special needs estate planning, both in the representation of families with members who have special needs and also through educating other professionals involved in special needs services. Peter is a highly skilled and trusted counselor who chose his areas of practice based on his love for building relationships with clients, helping to simplify complicated situations, and providing clients with peace of mind.

Prior to entering private practice in 2015, Peter was a commissioned officer/attorney in the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG Corps). As an active duty JAG attorney, Peter served in a multitude of roles to include Chief of Legal Client Services-Fort Bliss, TX, Senior Trial Counsel-Fort Bliss, Military Magistrate- Fort Bliss, Special Assistant United States Attorney- Western District of Texas, El Paso, and the sole active duty JAG attorney for the State of Michigan. Peter has also worked in the Office of General Counsel of the Army- Pentagon, the United States Attorney’s Office- Detroit, and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office- Detroit. Before becoming an officer in the Army and an attorney, Peter owned a multifaceted music business in downtown Ann Arbor that included a retail store, recording studios, a recording label, and event management.

In addition to practicing law in Ann Arbor, Peter enjoys being involved in numerous local organizations. He serves as Co-Chair of the Washtenaw County Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm section and is a member of the Estate Planning, Business, and Real Estate sections. Peter is also heavily involved in several local charitable organizations to include serving as a Director for Ann Arbor’s Community Action Network (a large non-profit organization operating multiple community centers in Ann Arbor) and membership in Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation’s Network of Professional Advisors.

Peter lives in Ann Arbor with his wife Leah, a special education teacher, and their two daughters. When not practicing law or spending time with family, Peter indulges in his love for art and music.

“I find great satisfaction in serving people within my community and helping them obtain the peace of mind that a well-designed estate plan provides. I love getting to know my clients and providing them with effective and efficient solutions to their concerns. When difficult times arise, I find it meaningful to be there to help people through what I know can be a very stressful experience.  I’m mindful of that and want to help my clients navigate the whatever legal issues they are facing so they can focus on what is most important in life- family and other loved ones.”

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Posted by Brenda | October 26, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, Relatable & Excellent Resource
We were referred to Pete, by our financial advisor and couldn't be happier! We hired him for our estate planning, which included establishing a trust, powers of attorney & living will. His sense of urgency and professionalism was outstanding. He was also down-to-earth, making it very easy to relate with him. He has an instinctual desire to fully understand the questions we ask and is detailed in answering, in ways that we understood. He appreciated my attention to details and there was never a question that he was working in our best interest. If I wasn't 100% confident with a decision, he was excellent at talking through various scenarios and making recommendations, based on criteria I had expressed. When I knew exactly what I wanted, he took the time to also understand every detail. He has gone above and beyond in his accessibility, attention to details, answering our questions & advocating for my husband and I. We've also hired him to review real estate documentation for the purpose of purchasing a home, which further increased my confidence in his professionalism & representation.
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Immensely thankful to have been referred to Peter C. Clark, Ann Arbor
I am writing to give my highest recommendation and endorsement of Mr. Peter C. Clark, of Ferguson, Widmayer and Clark, PC of Ann Arbor, MI, an outstanding estate attorney. I am a long-term (over 40 years) faculty member from the University of Michigan. My husband and I recently began work on our wills, powers of attorney for health care and on setting up a family trust. We received a very strong recommendation from trusted close friends and colleagues who referred us to Pete, who had been so helpful to them in the same process. What we have come to value most about Pete—besides his immense fund of common sense, his low-key expertise, user-friendliness, professionalism and thoughtful concern for his clients’ needs is his sense of humour—by which I really mean a sense of balance, his ability to help in a timely way—and, most of all, his deep integrity. Beyond the outstanding technical legal work from Pete and his team at FW&C, Pete puts a lot of expertise, thought and most importantly—heart- into what he does for clients. He has put a very personable human and humane face on a process that can be (in the wrong hands), intimidating and scary. In a relatively short time, Pete has made a positive difference for us, and has made our lives so much easier by alleviating many of our concerns over future (inevitable) issues, that we feel encouraged and a sense of calm for the first time in years. Both our family trust issues and health issues are complex and multifaceted. Pete is immensely capable as well as able to provide solutions and to explain these complex issues and reduce them to manageable and understandable plans of action. I am immensely grateful to my colleagues and friends for this referral. I come from a family of academic and government lawyers with a lot of expertise and enormous experience. Peter Clark is in every way comparable to my family members. He is first class and someone I trust and admire greatly.
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Posted by Dmitrii | May 15, 2017
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Hands down one of the best experiences I've ever had
Peter was professional, courteous, and patient. He took the time to explain everything in great detail and was thorough in his analysis. Peter's knowledge level was above and beyond my expectations and I truly appreciated his personal care. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone seeking Estate Planning.
Posted by Gina Maksimchuk | May 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Friendly; Excellent Lawyer
Pete was extremely helpful in preparing all the paperwork we needed. We asked him to create a trust in the event that my husband and I died at the same time as we have an infant daughter. He guided us through the whole process, taking his time to ensure that we understood everything and were comfortable. I did not know much about trusts when we started, and Pete was excellent at presenting all the information clearly and providing examples for me. He asked us questions that I did not know to ask, or had not considered, to ensure that we had a thorough document that would cover many contingencies. Pete was very professional, friendly, and sensitive to our needs. We greatly appreciated his help and will definitely work with him again. We would recommend him to anyone who would like to plan for the future.
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Posted by Derrick Miller | February 16, 2016
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Honest, Thorough, and Experienced
He has helped our family on many occasions for a variety of reasons. He recently helped us create and implement our long overdue will, patient advocate designations, and trust. His attention to detail on our family's unique circumstances has helped to create a well-articulated and comprehensive plan that allows my wife and I to rest at ease if the unthinkable happens. I found him to be very professional, knowledgeable, and helpful. We will continue to use his expertise in law whenever the need arises and would highly recommend him to friends and family.
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Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2016
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Peter Clark is an excellent, trustworthy estate planning lawyer
We were thrilled with the job Peter did on our estate plan. He was professional, very knowledgeable and thorough. He provided us with a pre-meeting questionnaire that explained the process and the legal jargon. It helped us get organized and made the process go smoothly. We have a child with special needs and he knew exactly what we needed to do to ensure we had a solid financial plan for him and our other children that would provide for them after we are gone. He walked us through the final documents and gave us detailed instructions for our next steps and what we need to do if we have to change anything in the future. Most people put off estate planning because it seems like an overwhelming process but Peter made it easy. We have so much peace of mind knowing we have a solid plan in place. Do yourself and your family a favor and contact Peter.
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Posted by Liz | December 16, 2015
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Establishing a Special Needs Trust
Pete was SO helpful and patient with my husband and I as we navigated the difficult waters of planning for our daughter with special needs after we are gone. He made us feel very welcome and our input valued. We established our trust, wills, and medical powers of attorney. He made the process easy and handled the heavy subject matter with the utmost respect. We are so grateful to have this taken care of.
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Posted by Janet | December 1, 2015
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Highly satisfied
Peter is very easy to talk with and made us comfortable with the decisions we needed to make. Talking about growing old and death is never a comfortable subject to discuss. Peter guided us, to help make things easier for our adult children when we do pass. He explained different options and talked "to" us and not "at" us. Pete is professional and very down to earth. Pete did our wills, drew up our personal representatives, medical power of attorney, and took care of transferring our property deed. If you are wanting someone who you can talk with, trust, and will only look out for your best interest, then Pete is who you want to deal with. I highly recommend him. You won't be sorry!
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Posted by Joe | October 7, 2015
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I had a great experience with Peter and would recommend him to my family and friends
My wife and I were extremely satisfied with the work that Peter performed for us. We appreciated the ease in which Peter was able to explain the process, answer all of our questions and understand our family concerns. He was very professional and knowledgeable about my family's specific issues and concerns. Peter set up a Joint Trust, Wills, Durable Power of Attorney forms, Patient Advocate Designations forms and transferred our property deeds into the Joint Trust for my family.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Ferguson Widmayer & Clark PC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Founding Attorney
  • Law Offices of Peter C. Clark, PLC
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Command Judge Advocate
  • US Army JAG Corps, TACOM & Detroit Arsenal
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Chief of Legal Client Services
  • US Army JAG Corps, Fort Bliss
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Military Magistrate
  • US Army JAG Corps, Fort Bliss
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Special Assistant US Attorney (Federal Prosecutor)
  • US Attorney's Office, Western District of Texas
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Senior Trial Counsel/Trial Counsel (Prosecutor)
  • US Army JAG Corps, Fort Bliss
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Legal Assistance Attorney
  • US Army JAG Corps, Fort Bliss
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Intern
  • Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, Detroit, MI
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Law Clerk
  • US Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Michigan, Civil Defense Litigation and Civil Rights
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Law Clerk
  • US Army Office of General Counsel, Pentagon, Washington DC
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Judicial Intern
  • 33rd District Court, Woodhaven, MI
  • 2006 - 2006
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Education

  • Wayne State University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of Michigan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007

Associations

  • Washtenaw County Bar Association, Solo/Small Firm Section
  • Co-chair
  • 2017 - Present
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association, Real Estate Section
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate and Estate Planning Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Michigan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Meritorious Service Medal, service as Command Judge Advocate
  • Major General Gwen Bingham
  • 2015
  • Meritorious Service Medal, for service as Cheif, Client Services
  • Major General Stephen M. Twitty, US Army
  • 2014
  • Excellence in Public Service Award
  • Federal Executive Association of El Paso, TX
  • 2013
  • JAG Corps OBC Commandant’s List,
  • US Army JAG Corps, Legal Center and School
  • 2011
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Publications

  • Res Ipsa Loquitor (WCBA)
  • The Forgotten Half of Your Practice
  • 2017
  • Detroit Legal News
  • "Peace of Mind"- Featured Attorney
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • US Army Community Service Event
  • Keynote Speaker- Estate Planning: Knowing Your Options
  • 2018
  • Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Staff Professional Development Event
  • Keynote speaker on special needs estate planning and guardianships
  • 2017
  • US Army Community Service Event, Detroit Arsenal
  • Keynote Speaker on Estate Planning for Veterans
  • 2017
  • Creating Brighter Futures Therapy Center
  • Keynote speaker on special needs estate planning and guardianships
  • 2017
  • Building Bridges Therapy Center
  • Keynote speaker on estate planning for parents of children with special needs
  • 2017
  • WISD, Chelsea Young Adult Program
  • Keynote speaker on estate planning for parents of children with special needs
  • 2016
  • Dexter Public Schools
  • Keynote speaker on estate planning for parents of children with special needs
  • 2016
  • Creating Brighter Futures Therapy Center
  • Keynote speaker on estate planning for parents of children with special needs
  • 2016
  • Army Community Service Event, Detroit Arsenal
  • Keynote Speaker on Estate Planning for Veterans
  • 2016
  • Eastern Michigan Univesity, Autism Collaborative Center
  • Keynote speaker on estate planning for parents of children with special needs
  • 2015
  • Building Bridges Therapy Center
  • Keynote speaker on estate planning for parents of children with special needs
  • 2015
  • Ann Arbor District Library event entitled "Opportunities for Veterans: A Look at Housing, Emplyement, and Your Rights.
  • Panel Speaker on Veteran's Issues
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

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Estate planning Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I know that Peter does excellent work for his clients and I recommend him highly."
Estate planning Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As an attorney in Metro Detroit, I am very familiar with Peter Clark as an esteemed member of the Michigan bar. Also, I am a client of Peter's. My husband and I retained him to plan our estate. I am tough on attorneys and hold them to exacting standards. I was very impressed by Peter's depth of knowledge combined with his ability to explain complicated legal principles to both me and my non-attorney husband. In his practice, Peter's patience and compassion are on full display and he treats his clients like he would his family. I have the greatest amount of trust in his judgment and his legal work. I have referred family, friends and co-workers to him and will continue to do so as every one of my referrals has had a similarly positive experience. I would highly recommend Peter Clark for all your estate planning needs."
Estate planning Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter is someone I feel completely confident in referring all types of estate planning matters. Peter has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this field. It has been a pleasure to know Peter for many years. I highly recommend Peter for all estate planning needs."
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Ann Arbor Business Lawyer Peter Charles Clark
Peter Charles Clark
Business Attorney
Ann Arbor, MI
Licensed for 12 years
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