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Michael Patrick James

Estate planning Attorney at Fenton, MI

5.0   19 reviews
  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 13 years
    Florida - FL 18 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
2017

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Location

Michael James Law PLC
108 S. Pine St.
Suite 1
Fenton, MI, 48430

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
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Posted by Todd | May 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
An Attorney You Can Trust
I have had the pleasure of working with Mike James over the last few years, mostly on real estate matters, and have recently commissioned him for my families estate planning. He is ethical, extremely diligent, and will fight for his clients needs and best interests. His knowledge and background in law is beneficial and I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Chuck | April 4, 2016
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Small Business Consulting Help Provided Top Notch
I contacted Michael James on referral from a friend of mine who is also a lawyer. I needed some general legal information about a small business I was planning on buying in the state, and he forwarded Michael's contact information. I'm glad I made the call. The service Michael provided to me was top notch. He was prompt in his response to my legal questions, and at the same time very thorough. Being a first time potential small business owner, I had many questions. Michael was very approachable and helpful throughout the process, which ultimately allowed me to make the proper business decision regarding the investment.
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Posted by Margaret | February 12, 2024
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Not only highly intelligent, but truly kind!
You don't often meet a person who is both as smart as a tack and also compassionate and kind. Michael is a great person as well as a great lawyer. Michael was able to point out nuances in my legal situation that I hadn't even thought of.
Posted by Rachel | June 23, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Very knowledgeable and experienced
I consulted with Michael about a very complicated situation and he has a lot of real world experience to know how things could play out. He was very responsive when I reached out and took time to talk to me when I know he is busy. I will definitely be using him in the future should the situation arise.
Posted by Eugene | October 30, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding outcome!
I’ve used Michael Patrick James several times now. Each time the results are better than I ever could have expected. He made my business possible, and continues to direct initiates that allow my business to thrive, protect it from outside threats, negotiate and draw up contracts that suit all of my business needs. Michael has never failed to draw into a path of success. I would strongly recommend Michael!!
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Posted by Lindsey | September 13, 2019
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Great & Personable Lawyer
I hired Michael James to help out with a pretty scary situation with a loan company who had purchased one of my professional school loans. I wasn’t able to afford the payments and was afraid I would have to go to court, costing me even more money that I did not have. Michael was very realistic and honest in his expectations. He worked hard for over a year getting a very fair settlement for both parties. He truly made a terrifying process go as smoothly as possible. His communication was always very prompt. I wish I wouldn’t have had to go through something like this, but Michael made the process that much easier to handle. 
 I hired Michael a second time to help with contract negotiations. He was able to secure a great first contract, with nearly all my requests being met. He is reasonably priced and very easy to work with. I would highly recommend Michael James (and already have to a few of my colleagues) and will most definitely use his services again in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2019
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Michael James
We came to Michael in the days following our daughter’s passing. His compassion and capacity to listen were among qualities that supported our decision to search no further for legal assistance. Through an extended Probate experience, we were well-represented. Michael felt like a friend from beginning to end of the process.
Posted by Teresa | August 19, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Real Estate
Michael assisted my family in a real estate dispute with the buyer of our estate home. Michael kept me informed of what was going on with the case and kept in contact with opposing counsel who was often dragging their feet. He was affective in pushing the case along. He is also very knowledgeable and knew the best course of action and let me know what to expect. His advise was instrumental in helping my family determine how to proceed with the case. I had been given his name from a real estate company with the knowledge that he is the lawyer they have used for their real estate issues. I would highly recommend Michael for any real estate needs.
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Posted by Wesley | July 18, 2018
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A seasoned Counselor in a stormy time
We recently relocated to Michigan from out of state and discovered the builder we had contracted for our new condo was unreliable and not delivering the quality home advertised. Michael laid out our options and took the time to give us the pros and cons of each course of action. We were able to get out of a very bad situation intact. We will have no problems referring Michael James to anyone with a real estate issue. He is an excellent attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2018
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Excellent, detail oriented guidance
I hired Michael James 6 years ago when starting a new business. Over the years he has provided excellent counsel and helped oversee the growth of this business. I have also hired him for assistance with real estate transactions. He is diligent, detail oriented and ethical.
Posted by Julia | May 27, 2018
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Attorney Michael P. James
James, handled himself with decorum and patience dealing with said predatory lender made sure all paperwork was in order through hard work and preservation he won our house back from a reverse mortgage that was in place beforehand and now we have our home back much the wiser and very thankful to attorney Michael James of Fenton Michigan
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Posted by Kristin | April 4, 2018
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Excellent help with estate planning
Michael was very helpful in updating our wills, creating our trust and advising us with retirement issues. Michael is very knowledgeable and goes above and beyond to help us achieve our goals. He consistently showed great empathy and commitment to excellence when advising us.
Posted by Tony | August 19, 2017
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Estate Planning
Michael handled some estate planning for my wife and me. He was very informative and attentive to our needs. The process was very quick and professional. I would recommend him to anyone and he has already helped some of my friends with their estates.
Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2017
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Rental Lease
Mr. Mike James did a phenomenal job with a rental lease I needed written up for a condo I recently purchased. He was extremely professional and timely and catered specifically to my needs and requests. Mr. James communicated well and efficiently and I would highly recommend his expertise to anyone in need of real estate services. I will definitely be utilizing his services in the future, if need be.
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Posted by Alexa | July 10, 2017
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The best legal partner for small businesses, startups, or entrepreneurial ventures
Michael stepped in as my startup's legal counsel at a time when we desperately needed a quick, effective and strategic attorney to assist with critical contract negotiations. Since then, he has been a key partner to my company, providing quick turnarounds and service unlike any other counsel we've worked with. Michael considers each legal issue with an ethical and strategic lens, making my job as a first time entrepreneur that much easier knowing I have a strong legal backing behind each decision. Personally, Michael genuinely cares and he goes above and beyond providing a response in a timely manner. I would recommend Michael to anyone seeking counsel for their small business or entrepreneurial venture- no questions asked!
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Posted by Rob Zondervan | July 10, 2017
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Professional and Dilligent Partner
I am the CEO of a medical device start-up that first engaged with Mike in July 2015. Since that time Mike has been a great asset to our company. The combination of his legal and business expertise has proved to be instrumental in the growth of our company. When seeking his counsel, Mike always acts in our best interest. During the times Mike has had to represent our company to outside entities I have been impressed with his professionalism. Mike has aided us in setting up a vast array of business documents (e.g., operating agreements, amendments, NDAs). His response has been rapid and for new people new to business, he is always willing to explain the documents in detail. I highly recommend Mike to any new or established business. We owe a great deal of our success to his legal support.
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Posted by Jim | July 9, 2017
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Estate planning
My wife and I had been talking about getting our Estate Plan put together for some time. One of our roadblocks was who would help us put it together, who could we trust. We were very fortunate that a good friend of ours referred us to Michael James and we were not disappointed. Michael took the time to explain options, answered questions, and most importantly he was available when we needed him. Knowing the Law is very important, understanding how to relate to people has equal value. We are extremely pleased with the Estate Planning Michael put together for us and would HIGHLY recommend him for your Legal needs. Thanks Michael, we appreciate all you have done for us.
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Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2017
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Thoughtful and comprehensive legal advice
Mike was extremely helpful as my spouse and I established our estate plan. He was ethical, knowledgeable, prompt in his responses, and accommodated our difficult schedules. More than anything, he provided us with peace of mind for many years to come. Mike was a pleasure to work with.
Posted by Mike Hackett | March 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Savvy and Experienced
Mike James has help my start up my fitness concept grow and flourish over the course of the last 3 years. I look forward to consulting Mike on any business questions as his wealth of knowledge is extremely valuable.
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AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Faculty
  • University of Michigan, Ross School of Business
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Michael James Law
  • 2015 - Present
  • Senior Attorney
  • Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap, PC
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Michael James Law
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Teaching Assistance, College of Business
  • Michigan State University
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Cole, Scott & Kissane, PA
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Clerk and Hearing Officer
  • United States District Court Southern District of Florida
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Clerk
  • United States Eleventh Circuit Court Of Appeals
  • 2004 - 2004
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Education

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Six Sigma - Healthcare
  • 2012
  • Michigan State University
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 2010
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002
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Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Health Care Law Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Michigan State University Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Michigan State University, Broad MBA Alumni Mentor
  • Alumni Mentor
  • 2010 - Present
  • Michigan State Universrity, Broad MBA Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • University of Miami (FL) Alumni Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • University of Michigan Alumni Association
  • Life Member
  • 2002 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Publications

  • Michigan Association of CPAs
  • Estate Planning for Michigan Snowbirds
  • 2016
  • Health Care Weekly Review
  • Health Insurance Exchanges: The Participation Paradox
  • 2013
  • Gongwer Michigan
  • Court's Health Care Decision May Open Way for Major Medicaid Debates, Differences Between States
  • 2012
  • The Greater Lansing Business Monthly
  • Cultivating Business Growth in the Greater Lansing Area
  • 2011
  • CSK Litigation Quarterly
  • Punitive Damages in Florida Class Actions
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • MICPA Mega Conference
  • Legal Landscape of the ACA in 2016
  • 2016
  • Small Practitioners Task Force: Michigan Association of CPAs
  • Health Care Reform and Michigan Businesses
  • 2015
  • MICPA: Southfield Small Practitioners
  • Health Care Reform Strategies and Regulatory Update
  • 2015
  • MICPA: Plymouth/Livonia Small Practitioners
  • Affordable Care Act – Year Two
  • 2015
  • MICPA: Detroit West Metro Small Practitioners
  • Health Care Reform, Affordable Care Act: Year 2
  • 2015
  • Michigan Automotive Parts Association - 62nd Annual Industry Day
  • Affordable Care Act Strategies for Michigan Businesses
  • 2015
  • Health Care Reform Conference - Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants
  • ACA Issues & Strategies
  • 2015
  • 2015 Aannual MICPA Healthcare Conference
  • Accountable Care Organizations 2.0
  • 2015
  • Rehmann Live!
  • Impact of the New Affordable Care Act Regulations on Non-Profit, Governmental, Educational and Religious Entities
  • 2014
  • Michigan Business Network - Evolving Corporate Health
  • Health Care Reform Strategies for Michigan Businesses
  • 2014
  • Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants' Mega Conference
  • Affordable Care Act in 2014: Now What?
  • 2014
  • Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Health Care Seminar
  • Health Care Reform: Where Do We Go from Here?
  • 2014
  • Greater Lansing Association of Realtors General Membership Meeting
  • Understanding Health Care Reform: What Every Realtor Needs to Know
  • 2014
  • 27th Annual Tax Conference - Tax Section of the State Bar of Michigan
  • Health Care Reform Strategies for Employers
  • 2014
  • 2014 Michigan Land Improvement Contractors Association Conference
  • Health Care Reform: What Every Contractor Needs to Know
  • 2014
  • 2014 Convention of the Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds of Michigan
  • Navigating Health Care Reform
  • 2014
  • 2014 Aannual MICPA Healthcare Conference
  • Accountable Care Organizations: Operations and Audits
  • 2014
  • Tax Professionals and the IRS: Successfully Working Together Conference
  • Maximizing Health Care Dollars for Small Employers
  • 2013
  • Rehmann Live!
  • ACA Impact: Addressing the Affordable Care Act's Effect on the Public Sector and Non-Profit Entities
  • 2013
  • Michigan Business Network - Evolving Corporate Health
  • Corporate Wellness Programs and the ACA
  • 2013
  • MI Health Answers: Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Health Care Reform
  • 2013
  • Lansing Regional Chamber's Health Care Reform Conference
  • The Impact of Health Care Reform on Large Employers
  • 2013
  • Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce's Affordable Care Act Overview Seminar
  • Affordable Care Act Overview
  • 2013
  • Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Health Care Reform Seminar
  • Navigating the ACA Marketplace
  • 2013
  • Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Health Care Reform Seminar
  • Health Care Reform Strategies for Small Employers
  • 2013
  • Lansing Health Care Reform Seminar
  • Health Care Reform: Are You Ready? Small Employer Seminar
  • 2013
  • Interview with WLNS Channel 6 News
  • Impact of Delay of Health Insurance Marketplace on Small Businesses
  • 2013
  • Interview with WLNS Channel 6 News
  • Michigan Exchange Website has Glitches Upon Launch
  • 2013
  • Interview with WILX Channel 10 NBC
  • Health Policies Being Discontinued Because of ACA
  • 2013
  • Interview with WILX Channel 10 NBC
  • Frustration With Health Care Web Sign-Up
  • 2013
  • Interview with Detroit Legal News
  • Health Law Online Sign-Up Delayed for Small Firms
  • 2013
  • Interview WILX Channel 10 NBC
  • Decision Time For Obamacare
  • 2013
  • Crain's Health Facts, Crain's Detroit Business
  • Provider Bootcamp: Understanding Medicaid Reform
  • 2013
  • Annual Conference of the Real Estate Section of the State Bar of Michigan
  • Threading the Needle: Negotiating and Drafting Insurance Requirements Provisions in Leases, Contracts and Mortgage Documents
  • 2013
  • 2013 MICPA Healthcare Conference
  • Accounting for Accountable Care Organizations
  • 2013
  • 19th Annual Health Law Institute
  • Ethical Challenges Related to Accountable Care Organizations
  • 2013
  • University of Michigan Club of Greater Detroit
  • Cornerstones for Successful Michigan Businesses
  • 2012
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Estate planning Attorney | Jan 28
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"I am very impressed with Michael James. Few attorneys have the impressive credentials he has. His MBA and JD along with his experience from the top law firms, will help anyone in need of an attorney for real estate, business, health care and estate planning."

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Fenton Estate planning Lawyer Michael Patrick James
Michael Patrick James
Estate planning Attorney
Fenton, MI
Licensed for 18 years