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James P. Frederick

Probate Attorney at Livonia, MI

5.0   36 reviews

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Probate
    40%
    Includes both administration of decedent's probate estates, Will and Trust Contests and contested estates, establishing and administration of guardianships and conservatorships

  2. Estate planning
    30%
    Includes all facets of estate planning, including consultation with clients, preparation of Trusts, Wills, Power of Attorney forms, various Deed forms, tax and elder law planning, as well as probate avoidance planning

  3. Trusts
    15%
    Trusts are a very flexible estate planning tool and can be useful for a wide variety of client situations - Trusts are not recommended for everybody, as every situation is different and trust planning may be more expensive and more complicated than many people require

  4. Contracts and agreements
    5%
    Formation and ongoing representation of business entities, as well as contract review and preparation for both businesses and individuals

  5. Elder law
    5%
    Long term care costs continue to escalate and many people are concerned about finding resources to cover these costs without exhausting all of their assets

  6. Power of attorney
    5%
    Power of Attorney forms are a very useful estate planning tool, and everybody should have one. They eliminate the need for probate appointment of guardians and conservators and enable the client to dictate who will assist them, if they ever become incapacitated. If you have no other estate planning whatsoever, at least make sure that you have a Power of Attorney in place!

Being Christian affectsevery aspect of our approach to the practice of law and the way we treat ourclients. The very idea of Christian lawyers may seem like an oxymoron, but itis a responsibility that we take very seriously. We believe that we are calledto not only uphold the laws and ethics codes handed down by the State, but moreimportantly, to adhere to the values set forth in the Bible.

 

We make everyeffort to act in a way that will not only benefit our clients, but will alsoreflect our desire to perform work that is pleasing to God. We strongly believethat this adds value to the service we provide and it separates us from manyother law firms you could choose to work with.

 

The best way to find out more about me personally and the firm is to visit our website: www.greatlakesprobate.com. That site provides not only personal information about myself and my partner, but also a great deal about the work that we do, our professional philosophy and estate planning and probate information that most clients find helpful.

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Licensed for 33 years
State MI
Status Active And In Good Standing
Acquired 1989
Updated 10/06/2022

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

Contact James

Law Offices Of Frederick & Frederick Plc
33300 Five Mile Rd
Suite 110
Livonia, MI, 48154

Reviews

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  36 customer reviews
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Posted by Laura | August 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good Experience
He handled our estate planning documents. Fees were reasonable. Knowledgeable and good people.
Posted by Lindsey | August 31, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch from Start to Finish
It was an absolute pleasure to collaborate with James on our estate plans. He was exceedingly responsive, detailed, and patient. James explained the documents in plain terms, and he answered our questions in great detail. He presented options for us to choose throughout the process but never pressured us one way or the other. He worked efficiently, often returning revisions to us within hours of our correspondence. James made the estate planning process pleasant, and our documents accurately reflect our exact wishes. We highly recommend James and plan to seek his services in the future.
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Posted by Byron | January 16, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A very helpful attorney!
James is truly a decent caring Christian attorney! He spent much time to consult me without charging me. That's quite unusual. It demonstrates that he is really out there helping people, not just making money. if anyone need legal help. I strongly recommend go to James.
Posted by Linda | January 10, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very responsive
I had a somewhat complex situation dealing with my mothers estate, but Mr Frederick took the time to answer several questions online and even accepted my phone call to give me more details on how I should approach the issues. Dealing with documents and assets that aren't' up to date can create a headache for anyone. Mr Frederick has helped with my questions on several occasions here and should i need to hire an attorney I would definitely seek him out first.
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Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Personal jurisdiction
James was very responsive and very helpful. He seems very knowledgeable. Navigating the legal system can be very overwhelming and having access to people like James is invaluable.
Posted by Chris | January 7, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Answered important questions on trusts
I consulted with James during a several month's long effort to get insight into my deceased mother's living trust. James provided excellent answers to my questions, which gave me insight into details of trust law that helped me put my mother's passing into correct perspective. A will is just that, an expression of someone's intentions after their life has ended. Many of the details of how trusts function that James shared with me proved to be invaluable to my gaining understanding and, thus, closure. I highly recommend James Frederick to anyone who, like me, is seeking answers about an area of the law most of us seldom deal with. I am confident in recommending James to those seeking legal help. They will find themselves well served and gain a professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate advocate.
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Posted by Susan | July 22, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extremely helpful with difficult probate situation
I would highly recommend Attorney Frederick to anyone who needs a compassionate and fair attorney who follows the probate law to the letter and gives sound advice. He helped ease my mind when I had questions regarding how probate would work with my parents' estate and advised me of different situations that could affect the outcome - things I didn't know before speaking with him. I can't recommend him highly enough - he really put my mind at ease and thoroughly answered all my questions.
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Posted by Cheryl | May 21, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Landlord/ Tenant
Extremely helpful. Went above and beyond. Spent a lot of time explaining my situation and gave me excellent advise. Will hire in the future.
Response from James Frederick May 22, 2018
Thank you for the kind words! I am glad that I could help!
Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
relief
Within a half hour I received a straight forward, to the point answer to a question I was terribly upset over. The relief at his answer was overwhelming for me. I am now relaxed and happy that he took the time to reassure me I was not legally doing the wrong thing concerning a family member. Thank you.
Response from James Frederick May 14, 2018
I appreciate the review and the kind words. I am very glad I was able to help you and provide some peace of mind.
Posted by Cathy | November 3, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Probate
Mr. Frederick was awesome. He treated me better on line,responding to my questions, in a short period of time. So very different from the disrespectful, inhumane treatment I received from my retained attorney the past 18 months. I sing his praise us and will send many referrals his way. Hopefully I will never need another attorney but I would retain him hands down immediately.
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Response from James Frederick November 2, 2017
Thank you for the kind words, Cathy! I am glad I was able to help, even if it was only just a little.
Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Very Knowledgeable Attorney
I just spoke with James and he not only made me feel better(stressed)...but gave in-depth info on exactly the procedure that needs to be taken. It seems I have more time than I thought...and he was honest about that! He listened and at no point did I feel he was after my case...as I have felt with other attorneys...and he gave his advice...which I needed to hear! I can tell you that if I do need to proceed with an attorney when the time comes...I'll be calling James. Thank you James! Jerry
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Response from James Frederick May 3, 2017
Jerry~ I appreciate the kind words. I am happy to help any way that I can. James
Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent attorney
I bounced a few probate questions off of him and he gave me great direction and specific answers that were 100% accurate. If anyone needing a lawyer he would be my top recommendation.
Response from James Frederick May 3, 2017
Thank you for the kind words. I am glad I could help! James
Posted by Help Required | March 16, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
He helped me with awesome advice on a Free Question. He Really Cares.
I asked a free question and he gave me advice that should have cost.
Response from James Frederick May 3, 2017
I am glad I was able to help!
Posted by Cw | March 15, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
No charge for consultation
I am near the end of settling an estate where the executor has been dishonest and my attorney is preoccupied. I needed to consult with someone .....nowhere to turn ..and the courts kept referring me back to my attorney who would not answer all of my questions. I explained the situation to James, and was more than willing to pay for his advice since I was only seeking council to end this mess. He was so kind and took time to listen and answer ALL OF MY QUESTIONS! And...no charge...thanks James.
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Response from James Frederick March 16, 2017
Thank you for the kind words. I am very glad I could help.
Posted by anonymous | December 26, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank You for your review regarding a Will/quit claim deed
Mr. Frederick and I corresponded over a post I submitted on this site. He was very professional and responsive to my case. He was the only attorney to answer my question in great details and straight to the point. He also offered to answer any questions I may have about this issue in the future. I will definitely use Mr. Frederick in the future.
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Posted by Carlton | December 22, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful
I live in New Mexico. I contacted Mr. Frederick about a problem I am experiencing with my POA in the state of Michigan. Mr. Frederick reviewed my POA and made a couple of calls concerning my problem. Besides being easy to work with, Mr. Frederick offered very good advise.
Posted by Paul | October 18, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Helpful and "Down to Earth"!
I contacted Mr Frederick regarding Probate/Estate issues. I had no previous knowledge or experience with his firm, finding him through a Google search leading to his Avvo ratings. I was greatly impressed! He returned my calls very timely, was extremely down to earth, and helpful. I contacted him twice and each time had the same experience. He took time himself to return my calls. With his expertise, I was able to get answers to questions my family had including recommendations as to how to proceed with my Mother's Estate proceedings. He stated he didn't see the need for our family to retain and pay an Attorney for something we could do ourselves (in our situation), and further encouraged me to contact him again if necessary. I am confident in recommending him. With creditors beginning to contact us, he truly put our mind at ease!
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Response from James Frederick October 19, 2016
Thank you for the kind words. I am very glad I was able to help!
Posted by jay45mitch | September 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Service and also a Good Person
Atty. James Frederick answered a question for me on Avvo and after several phone consultations, I hired him to assist with my father's small estate proceeding in Michigan. I don't live in Michigan, so my case needed special attention and constant contact at points. Over the course of 4 years (due to the nature of the case), Atty. Frederick was always available to me by phone, email, and also at one point readily agreed to travel 2 hours away to a hearing for the estate with minimal fuss. I was wary of handling the process remotely when my case started, but I can tell you that it was handled honestly, professionally, and for what I thought was a reasonable rate. If you are in the Livonia area (or anywhere in Michigan), and need any service that Atty. Frederick provides, you can not go wrong in at least speaking to him about it.
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Response from James Frederick September 20, 2016
Thank you for the very kind words! I very much appreciate it. I am glad I was able to help out.
Posted by Alex White | April 21, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent
James answered my question thoroughly and quickly with thoughtful advice. His knowledge and expertise really helped me out when I needed it most. James is a credit to the legal profession.
Posted by the_working_man | May 28, 2015
One of the best!
I can't thank James enough for the help that he gave to a loved one of mine. He is incredibly patient with convoluted situations and will take the time to understand your case. We have dealt with a number of lawyers over the past three years and a lot of them have been more interested in closing the sale than really listening. James is completely the opposite of that approach. If you have some important matters that need attending to, I would strongly advise consulting with Mr Frederick.
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Response from James Frederick May 29, 2015
Thank you so much for the kind words! They mean a great deal and I am glad that I could help.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-250 per hour
  • Pro bono 10 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Frederick & Frederick PLC
  • 1991 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Meyer, Kirk, Snyder & Safford
  • 1989 - 1991

Education

  • ICLE
  • Certificate of Estate Planning and Probate
  • 2016
  • Wayne State University Law School
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1989
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Legal Cases

  • Worse Case Scenario for no Estate Plan
  • Happy but expensive outcome
  • Lost cause?
  • Settlement of $240k for the client

Associations

  • Law QA Attorney Network
  • Contributing attorney
  • 2012 - Present
  • Neighborhood Christian Lawyer
  • Member Attorney
  • 2012 - Present
  • Legal Club of America
  • Member Attorney
  • 2001 - Present
  • Probate and Estate Planning Section - Michigan Bar
  • Member attorney
  • 1991 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member attorney
  • 1989 - Present
  • Legal Match Member Attorney
  • Member attorney
  • 2002 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Avvo Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • America's Top 1% Honored Professionals
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Avvo Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor - Probate
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Editor of Wayne Law Review
  • Wayne Law Review
  • 1989
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Publications

  • Self-published
  • Probate Avoidance: What you need to know in order to protect yourself and your family from higher costs and complications
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Writing a Good Last Chapter
  • Estate planning
  • 2016
  • Planning for Peace of Mind
  • Estate planning/Probate Avoidance
  • 2012
  • Financial Planning Seminar
  • Estate and Financial Planning Concerns for Woman
  • 2011
  • Conversations From the Bedside
  • End of life planning
  • 2011
  • Chiropractic Legal Seminar
  • Estate planning and Employment law matters
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (195)
Given (207)
Probate Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Frederick is a fellow lawyer I only know from this AVVO site. He and I have never before crossed paths. BUT.....that said, I have very high regard for his analysis, judgment and advisory calls for questions as to probate, trusts and real estate. He even corrected my misconception about a very old real estate premise as to title ownership. I was gratefully re-directed in my thinking. His counsel is excellent in my opinion."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney. His professionalism, remarkable knowledge and vast experience place Mr. Frederick among the top notch lawyers in his areas of practice. With utmost dedication and quick critical thinking, he has successfully resolved an impressive number of cases over the course of his career. I highly recommend this lawyer to anyone who needs quality legal representation."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Frederick has contributed to the Avvo community tremendously. The responses I have reviewed are legally sound, and provide a glimpse into his vast knowledge base and years of experience. For this reason, I endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Frederick is a valuable asset to this community. His dedication to the law and his clients is admirable."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Frederick shows a fine understanding of the law and has the experience in his chosen areas of practice to really assist clients."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to interact with Mr. Frederick within the Avvo community. He consistently provides clear, precise, and practical responses to a variety of questions. He is a valuable part if this community. For that reason, I endorse Mr. Frederick."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Frederick has broad knowledge in many areas of law, including probate, estate planning and property law. That knowledge, coupled with an unique ability to identify the critical facts necessary to apply the correct legal principals, serves his clients well."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"3. I not only endorse this lawyer. I give this lawyer 5 stars!"
Probate Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Frederick appears active in this community and his advice solid. I recommend him for your probate or other legal needs."
Probate Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Other
"In the short time I have been active on Avvo, I have found Mr. Frederick's comments to be thoughtful, and his knowledge of probate and trust law to be broad and substantial. He would clearly be an excellent choice of counsel in the area of probate and trust law, and I enthusiastically endorse this attorney."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Trusts Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr Fredrick is a very well respected lawyer in the drafting of estate planning, wills, trusts, and other very important legal instruments. I highly recommend him."
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