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Sean Jeffrey Nichols

Elder law Attorney at Plymouth, MI

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I have a boutique law practice specializing specialize in elder law, estate planning, and probate. As I tell clients, I handle the legal issues that come with aging; whether someone is young, old, or in between. Those three areas of the law are strongly interconnected. I personally believe it is impossible to do one of those areas without doing the other two areas. My practice is boutique because simply put, I personally would not hire a plumber to do electrical wiring, nor hire a cardiologist doctor to do brain surgery. Limiting my practice to elder law, estate planning, and probate ensures that I know as much as possible about those areas and have a large body of work in those areas. My practice has been a boutique practice since I entered practice November of 2011. 

The common legal issues that I handle are wills, trusts, power of attorney, deed work, Medicaid nursing home eligibility, Medicaid planning, Veterans' Aid and Attendance, special needs planning, end of life issues, guardianships, and conservatorships. Some of my elder law, estate planning, and probate cases are also litigation. Litigation is when a lawyer goes to court to fight for his clients' rights. I have litigated against the State of Michigan regarding Medicaid estate recovery and in obtaining Medicaid benefits for my clients. I have litigated defending peoples' estates. I have litigated when my clients are wrongfully denied inheritances due to someone stealing it from them. I have litigated to protect vulnerable seniors from abuse and exploitation. 

My practice came about because my grandmother had a very bad case of Alzheimer's disease. My grandfather was a great man and took incredible care of her. Caring for someone with Alzheimer's, even with great family support like he had, physically wears out the caregiver as the Alzheimer's patient gets sicker. As my grandmother got sicker my grandfather's biggest legal issue was paying for the costs of her care once my grandmother needed a really high level of care.  It was extremely difficult for my grandfather to find a lawyer who specialized in those issues. Frankly, there are not that many of us. His experiences guided me to study elder law and Medicaid in law school. I quickly realized that a lawyer wanting to excel in elder law needed to practice estate planning and probate as well. After graduating from law school I developed my practice based on my grandfather's experiences. I practice the way he would have wanted to practice, with impeccable morals and complete candour to my clients.  

My clients come from every background and walk of life. I have planned for estates, administered estates, and litigated estates ranging from modest ones to those worth multiple millions of dollars, and everything in between. I truly enjoy what I do. It is rewarding to help people with their legal issues. Getting handwritten thank you cards from clients is one of the best feelings a lawyer can have. 

When you consult with me or hire me you will get a frank appraisal of your case or estate plan. I will educate you about the law relating to your case or estate plan. I look forward to working with you. 

Licensed for 11 years
State MI
Status Active in Good Standing
Acquired 2011
Updated 12/26/2022

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

Contact Sean

Sean J. Nichols PLLC
409 Plymouth Road
Suite 150
Plymouth, MI, 48170

Reviews

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Posted by Keith | November 8, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Thorough and Professional
We were referred to Sean by an associate's relative. We were very pleased with the services he provided. We had a complicated medicaid application, and he processed it expeditiously and at a fair price. He also provided us with counseling and advice that was helpful on other related issues. Thank you, Sean.
Posted by Michele | May 23, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Ethical, Thorough, Dedicated Elder Law Attorney
Sean Nichols is a thoroughly professional Elder Law Attorney. He spent time with me, getting to know my situation, and created an estate plan that was perfect for me! I have referred him to many friends; they have all been pleased with his thoroughness and his professionalism.
Posted by Chris | November 1, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Attorney question
Sean is an outstanding lawyer. He stated that it would be $100 for a consultation, but he was honest in stating that he did not have the expertise to help me with my case and refused to take payment and he even offered to refer me to a lawyer that could help me with my case. It is not to often that people conduct business in this fashion.
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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2015
Great Lawyer
Sean and his firm helped me with some estate planning, Medicaid, and probate issues. It was a complex case. He was honest, thorough, and reasonably priced. I recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer.

Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 190-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 6.9 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Attorney
  • Sean J. Nichols PLLC
  • 2011 - Present

Education

  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • University of Michigan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008

Legal Cases

  • Medicaid Eligibility Married Couple
  • Protected all of their assets and income.

Associations

  • Wayne County Probate Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Elder Law and Disability Rights Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate and Estate Planning Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Ancient Order of Hibernians
  • State Recording Secretary, Division President, Member
  • 2011 - 2022
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Farsi
  • Italian

Honors and Awards

  • Legal Expert of the Year
  • Irish American Chamber of Commerce
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Aging with Dignity
  • Elder Law and Estate Planning
  • 2017
  • Aging with Dignity
  • Elder Law and Aging
  • 2016
  • Educational Seminar
  • Aging with Dignity: The Legal Issues that Come with Aging
  • 2015
  • Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2014
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Elder law Attorney | May 08
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"You will not find an attorney who works harder to zealously achieve his clients' best interests. Sean's attention to his clients' needs is matched only by the impressive results that he delivers for them. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
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Plymouth Elder law Lawyer Sean Jeffrey Nichols
Sean Jeffrey Nichols
Elder law Attorney
Plymouth, MI
Licensed for 11 years