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Jim Thomas and the Law Office of Carol Thomas practice exclusively in the field of Elder Law. This includes current legal documents to protect assets if one is placed in a nursing home, legally reducing expenses, even after being placed in a nursing home, guidance through the Medicaid eligibility and application process, assistance with Veteran's Benefits eligibility and planning with regard to in home care or assisted living facilities and executing estate planning documents (wills/trusts/powers of attorneys).


Jim Thomas is one of only seventeen Certified Elder Law Attorneys by the National Elder Law Foundation in the State of Michigan. Jim has practiced elder law for 7 years and focuses his practice on: Elder Law, Estate Planning, Medicaid Planning, Veterans’ Benefits, Probate and Asset Protection. Jim is a member of the Florida Bar and Michigan Bar Association, including the Elder Law and Disability Rights Section, the Probate and Estate Planning Section and the Taxation Section. Additionally, Jim is a member of ElderCounsel, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the American Bar Association, the Saginaw County Bar Association, is a Partner member of ElderCare Matters Alliance, the National Care Planning Council and is an accredited VA attorney by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Jim also holds a Certificate of Completion in the areas of probate and estate planning issued by the Institue of Continuing Legal Education and the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Furthermore, Jim is a member of the Northeastern Michigan Estate Planning Council and was recently elected to the Board of Directors.


Jim Thomas is a graduate of Alma College and received his law degree from Florida State University College of Law. Additionally, Jim received his LL.M. (Masters of Law) in Taxation from the University of Florida Frederic G. Levin College of Law.  


Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 50%
    8 years
  2. Estate Planning: 40%
    8 years
  3. Tax: 10%
    8 years



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Contact info

Law Office of Carol Thomas

5191 Hampton Pl
Saginaw, MI, 48604-9576


MIActive And In Good Standing201105/14/2016
FLMember in Good Standing200706/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA)National Elder Law Foundation2014
Certificate of Completion in Probate and Estate PlanningInstitute of Continuing Legal Education2014
Accredited Estate Planner®National Association of Estate Planners and Councils2014
AccreditationVeterans Administration Office of General Counsel2009
Book Award - Taxation of Mergers and ReorganizationsFlorida State University College of Law2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLaw Office of Carol Thomas2011 - Present
PartnerThomas & Kaye, LLC2008 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Academy of Special Needs PlannersN/A2015 - Present
Elder Care MattersPartner2014 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2014 - Present
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionN/A2014 - Present
National Care Planning CouncilN/A2014 - Present
Michigan Care Planning CouncilN/A2014 - Present
National Assocition of Estate Planners and CouncilsN/A2014 - Present
Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law SectionN/A2014 - Present
The American College of Board Certified AttorneysN/A2014 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Michigan Chapter)Board of Directors2014 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, Elder Law and Disability Rights SectionN/A2011 - Present
State Bar of MichiganN/A2011 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, Taxation SectionN/A2011 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, Probate and Estate Planning SectionN/A2011 - Present
Saginaw County Bar AssociationN/A2011 - Present
ElderCounselN/A2010 - Present
Northeastern Michigan Estate Planning CouncilBoard of Directors2009 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysN/A2009 - Present
Florida BarN/A2007 - Present
Florida Bar, Elder Law SectionN/A2007 - Present
Florida Bar, Tax SectionN/A2007 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws2008
Florida State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Alma CollegeHistory/Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2004