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Since 2004 I have been privileged to participate in Medical Mission work taking place in Asia, attending almost yearly. These humanitarian opportunities have taken me to the Philippines,( Manila, Cebu City, Tacloban and Davao City and from Davao all over the island of Mindanao, also I have been able to visit Malasia ( Kuala Lumpor), Indonesia (Medan) and Vietnam both Saigon and Hanoi. 


Detroit, is host to the headquarters of World Medical Relief and Kiwanis #1. That means I have plenty of opportunity with a ringside seat, to observe the evolving globalization of the economy and growing influence the internet is playing. Needs are being met that only a few years ago were simply thought unachievavble! I will write more later.


Ann Arbor is the home of the University of Michigan Hospital and leading cardioligists there  are working to recycle pace makers for use in poorer areas of the world. Partnering with World Medical Relief free reconditioned pace makers are offered others - a small dent is being made in the enormous demand for pace makers the world over - yearly shortfall is three (3) million from figures provided me in informal discussions with World Medical Relief workers. Lives are saved and prolonged. 


Kiwanis, legal collegues and clients have all played an enormous part in providng the opportunity, inspiration and guidance to do this sort of volunteerism. 


International trafficking of the Elderly is becoming a bigger issue. People will grab you for your pension and social security and hold you in your own home. This fact has been made more relvant as I participate in ongoing educational classes at Florida's Stetson university School of Law in their Elder Law LLM Online Program. I have just finished a class in Aging and the Law and will soon begin a class in Guardianship. As time permits I will attempt to share in this forum, concepts that will help us all age and age well with a caring circle of support.


I will try to supplement personal events, since this seems to be what others want to know, in terms of  writing about what is going on in the world of Aging and Asia. More later on Dr. S.E. a mennonite Peace Maker (mediator) and physcician (double board certified) and his wife a social worker providing care in some rough areas of the world there in Asia. If i can learn how to upload more than one photo at a time I will provide photos of srgery being perfomred by Dr S.E. - no blood products available in the jungle so he uses tweezers called HemoStats to prevent bleeding. 


I will also share more in the writing here about  ways and means to prevent abuse of the elderly and disabled financial and physical. I have to do this by bits and pieces since I have little time when a crisis rears up in the life of clients or their families. 


If comments or messages are allowed please feel free to correct grammar and spelling since often I am on little or no sleep when I write and do offer me suggestions since I learn from my clients the most on terms of providing services you may need. I am still a project under construction after 25 years of practice. I learn daily new concepts! :)


In 2005, Mike was in the first class of attorneys in Michigan to complete a certificate for advanced training in the Probate and Estate Planning Program sponsored by the Michigan Bar Association and the Institute for Continuing Legal Education.


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Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 32%
    27 years
  2. Guardianship: 32%
    27 years
  3. Probate: 31%
    27 years
  4. Medicaid & Medicare: 5%



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  • Sean Paul O'Bryan

    Mike is a wonderful lawyer, and a terrific person. I have known him for more than 10 years. During that time, we have worked on various matters together. He is the area expert on guardianship proceedings, and the go-to attorney that local judges depend on. He also is incredibly compassionate, volunteering to travel abroad in service for those less fortunate. It is a pleasure to know him as a colleague and friend.


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  • James J. Wascha

    Attorney Kotarski is a most energetic and knowledgeable attorney in all matters relating to probate practice and elder law. He pursues client rights and needs and perseverance and empathy. Mr. Kotarski represents the best example of true counselor and advocate.


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MIActive And In Good Standing198805/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Peer Review Rating: BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2014
Client Review Rating: Preeminent 4.8 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2014
AccreditationVeterans Administration Office of General Counsel2013
Certificate of Appreciation - US Medical Missionary - MatiRepublic of The Philippines, Province of Davao Oriental, Office Of The Provincial Governor - Honorable Corazon Nunez-Malanyaon2010
Certificate of AppreciationGenesee County Community Dispute Resolution Center2010
Certificate of Attendance -, Davao Medical Center, Philippines.Stroke Society of The Philippines - Southern Mindanao Chapter - Post Stroke Care & Rehabilitation Forum2009
Certificate of Appreciation - Medical Mission Davao CityKiwanis International - Division 7 & 8 - Philippine South District2009
American Jurisprudence Award - Labor LawThomas M. Cooley Law School1986
American Jurisprudence Award - Zoning LawThomas M. Cooley Law School1978
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Michael J. Kotarski1989 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Michigan Guardianship AssociationAttorney Member2007 - Present
National Guardianship AssociationAttorney Member2006 - Present
National Association of Elder Law AttorneysAttorney Member2005 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, Consumer Law SectionAttorney Member2004 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, Elder Law & Disability Rights SectionAttorney Member1995 - Present
Genesee County Bar AssociationAttorney Member1989 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, Probate and Estate Planning SectionAttorney Member1989 - Present
State Bar of MichiganAttorney Member1988 - Present
State Bar of MichiganAttorney Member - Representative Assembly1992 - 1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Western Michigan UniversityGeneral Business AdministrationMBA - Master of Business Administration1977
University of MichiganEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Guardianship and Guarding the Elderly - who is watching the watchers! Detroit, Michigan; Kiwanis Club of Cosmopolitan DetroitHuman Trafficking of the Vulnerable Adult - Financial Abuse2014
Elder Abuse Alliance of Genesee CountyElder Abuse Alliance - Explaining what the focus is in our community.2014
VELEZ COLLEGE - College of Nursing - Cebu City Philippines, Powers of Attorney and GuardianshipPatient Decision Making - Health Care Systems - Seeking a Competent Decision Maker - Cebu City, Philippines2010