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About me

I am an Estate Planning, Business Succession and Business Lawyer.  I practice in my firm's Frankenmuth and Saginaw offices.

I have served at the President of my Local Chapter of the National Association of Estate Planning Councils; Northeastern Michigan Estate Planning Council; the Mid-Michigan Planned Giviing Council; and the Saginaw JayCees.


I currently serve on the Saginaw State University Foundation and the St. Mary's of Michigan Hospital Foundatiion boards of directors.


I have served as an adjunct instructor, teaching Business Law at Saginaw Valley State University, and an instructo in Saginaw Valley State University's Certified Financial Planner certification program.


During Law School, I worked for a year as a staff assistant to U.S. Senator Dan Quayle, a year as a law clerk in the U.S. Department of Agriculture General Counsel's Office, and a year as a law clerk in the U.S. Department of Transportation -- Federal Railroad Administration.


I graduated from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C., in 1984.  In addition to my Law Degree, I have a Masters Degree in Taxation from Walsh College in Troy, Michigan, and my undergraduate A.B. degree was from Hillsdale College, in Hillsdale, Michigan


Contact info

Smith Bovill, A Profession Corporation

200 St. Andrews Road
Saginaw, MI, 48603

Smith Bovill PC
140 W. Tuscola Street
Frankenmuth, MI, 48734


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 50%
    31 years
  2. Business: 40%
    31 years
  3. Real Estate: 10%
    31 years



Hourly ($250-285/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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MIActive And In Good Standing198405/14/2016
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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
AmJur Book Award - CorporationsAmJur Publications1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner/ShareholderSmith Bovill PC1989 - Present
AssociateSmith & Brooker, P.C.1984 - 1989
Law ClerkU.S. Department of Transportation1983 - 1984
Summer Law ClerkSmith & Brooker, P.C.1983 - 1983
Law ClerkU.S. Department of Agriculture1982 - 1983
Staff AssistantU.S. Senate1981 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
Saginaw Valley State University FoundationBoard Member2007 - Present
St. Mary's Of Michigan FoundationBoard Member; Finance Committe Chair1997 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember1984 - Present
Saginaw County Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Northeastern Michigan Estate Planning CouncilMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Michigan Business Law BlogMichigan Business Law2009
PDF Quarterly NewsletterIssues For AdvisorsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Walsh CollegeTaxationMasters; MST1991
Catholic University of America, Columbus School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Hillsdale CollegeEconomicsA.B1981
Hillsdale CollegeAmerican HistoryA.B1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Farm Bureau Insurance Agents SchoolEstate Planning For Seniors2009
Michigan Farmland Preservation WorkshopEstate Planning2008
Farmland Preservation WorkshopEstate Planning2008
Farm Bureau Insurance Agents SchoolEstate Planning for Seniors2008
Certified Financial Planner Certification ProgramEstate Planning2008