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Travis I. Dafoe

Estate planning Attorney at Frankenmuth, MI

4.7   29 reviews
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  • Licensed for 14 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Travis

Learn Travis’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    45%
    Travis Dafoe is a trustworthy local estate planning, wealth preservation, and wealth transfer attorney from Frankenmuth, MI. Contact us today for any legal advice that you may need!

  2. Elder law
    40%
    Travis Dafoe works with his clients to help them plan for long-term care. Dafoe Law offers Life Care Planning and has Elder Care Coordinators to help you through the process. Contact us today for any legal advice that you may need!

  3. Probate
    15%
    Dafoe Law can help you through the maze that is Probate in Michigan. We work with our clients to simplify the process. Contact us today to see how we can help you!

INTEGRITY AND DEPENDABILITY DRIVE MY PRACTICE.

 

I enjoy the interaction with people where I can explain something that may seem complex in a way that helps them understand. As a former teacher, I do enjoy those ah-ha moments where things click. I enjoy talking with clients and getting to know them and their situation, so that I can find the best possible solutions for their needs. I believe that effective estate planning is a critical component of my client’s life planning. 

 

I believe that family fights over inheritance are unnecessary and wasteful. Families achieve better outcomes through planning rather than fighting. While it is impossible to prevent people from fighting, I discuss with my clients issues that may exist and try to implement solutions now to problems that may later turn into litigation. 

 

As an estate planning attorney, I strive to help you plan for the unknown catastrophes, the known eventualities, and everything in between. By planning, you can gain peace of mind that your loved ones are taken care of in the best way if something should happen to you. As part of the process, I listen to my clients to understand their goals and needs. Using this information, we create solutions to their unique problems. I use many different estate planning tools, like trusts, wills, and powers of attorney, to create client-centered solutions. 

 

I communicate clearly and without legalese, so clients are empowered to make the best decisions for their situations. Together, we can work to make sure that we not only create a plan that incorporates the clients goal’s but that we implement the plan, so when your estate plan is executed it is successful. 

 

To stay up-to-date with the latest developments I am a member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, and a member of WealthCounsel. WealthCounsel is a national community of estate planning professionals committed to the highest standards. It is a collaborative organization that has seminars and webinars to provide me with the latest tools and ideas. 

 

I received my undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University in 2003 and my JD from Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2009. I have been licensed to practice law in Michigan since 2009. I am licensed to practice in both the Western and Eastern Federal District Courts as well as the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that covers Michigan Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. 

 

 

Awards

Platinum Client Champion
Client's Choice 2022,2016,2015
Client's Choice
2022 2016 2015

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Location

Dafoe Law, PLLC
160 S. Main Street Ste 4
Frankenmuth, MI, 48734

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  29 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommend
We utilize Travis' expertise and legal counsel from a business perspective and he has always responded to our legal questions and requests to review documents promptly and in terms that are easily understood.
Posted by Lori | November 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional Efficient and Caring
Travis provided me with full explanations, alternatives, timing and process flow for my case. He developed an excellent strategy to present before the adminitrative law judge. I was very happy with his service and impressed with his knowledge
Posted by Michelle | January 1, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Helpful
Travis and his elder care coordinator were VERY helpful with assisting my family with my mother's needs. Travis is very caring about the needs of the elderly and helping them with those needs. Courtney was so caring and friendly. She was always there for Mom and my family. I had such peace of mind knowing I could call her anytime. No matter what my worries were she was always reassuring that everything would work out and be fine. And it was! I cannot speak highly enough of Courtney. This law office was such a blessing for us!
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Posted by Joanie | May 8, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trust
We selected Travis Dafoe for our Trust due to prior having had them for my father and mothers elder care .so professional and yet personal and the amazing team he has .Courtney so good and always there and also Katherine who is always there to find an answer or making it work for the clients
Posted by Mary | April 28, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fast and friendly
Thank you for taking care of our family's needs in such a timely manner! Very friendly, professional, down to earth lawyer that makes you feel at home in his office. His entire staff greet you with a smile as soon as you walk in. I'm so glad we chose Dafoe Law to take care of our needs. Highly recommend.
Posted by Natalie | April 26, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable
Travis knew everything we needed to do to make sure our family is taken care of when we are gone.
Response from Travis Dafoe April 27, 2023
Thank you for your kind review. We appreciate feedback from our clients.
Posted by Robynn | January 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate planning
Would highly recommend Travis and his team for all your estate planning needs. Travis was very friendly and knowledgeable. He took the time to answer all of our questions. He definitely made the process easier than we anticipated.
Response from Travis Dafoe February 16, 2023
Thank you so much for the kind review.
Posted by Debta | November 24, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Explains well.
My husband and I hired DaFoe Law to set up our trusts. Travis advised us and set up two trusts. Travis explained it all in ways we could easily relate to and made sure we didn’t have any lingering questions. My sister and I also went to Travis with questions about my parents trust and he also answered questions and advised us of our options. Would highly recommend.
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Response from Travis Dafoe November 29, 2022
Thank you for the kind words. Dafoe Law appreciates you leaving a review.
Posted by Teresa | September 30, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!!
Travis was fabulous. Not only a great lawyer, he is a good person. Very personable and easy to interact with. He was very patient and spent time answering my many questions. He guided my husband and I through the process of setting up a trust, will and other estate planning needs. He listened to us and provided suggestions based on our wishes and needs. Prior to finalizing the paperwork, he reviewed all of these suggestions to ensure we were all on the same page. He then provided us with a very organized book with all of the legal documents. Excellent experience from start to finish! I strongly recommend Travis Dafoe for your estate planning needs.
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Response from Travis Dafoe November 29, 2022
Thank you for leaving such a kind review. Dafoe Law strives to provide great service to our clients.
Posted by Vern | September 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate plan
When we had our first meeting with Travis he went over everything that is important to cover in an estate plan. Then he went over everything with us that we wanted to have incorporated in the plan. In putting everything together and going over everything he made things simple and easy to understand. Polly and I felt comfortable in all the planning with Travis's help. Then when we went in to sign the final draft Travis explained everything in detail. Polly and I would highly recommend Travis and his staff to anyone interested in getting an estate plan drawn up. They are the best.
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Response from Travis Dafoe November 29, 2022
Thank you for sharing your experience with Dafoe Law. We appreciate the kind words very much.
Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate planning
Travis is very down to earth and straight forward. He took time to answer all of our questions and work up a plan that best fit our needs.
Posted by Shane | June 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Experience Establishing a Trust
Travis came highly recommended to us by others who had previously used him to establish a Trust. I was continuously impressed with the organization and knowledge Travis demonstrated with our project. He was able to adjust the Trust to fit our desires. He also did it extremely efficiently. In the span of three meetings, with a minor amount of homework on our end, we could build something that would meet our family's needs. We could not recommend Travis more highly.
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Response from Travis Dafoe June 16, 2022
Thank you for the kind words, we appreciate it.
Posted by JoAnn | January 20, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Prospective client with family dyfunction
My family (siblings) had 2 different meetings with Mr. Dafoe in concerns for our elderly mother's situation. It is very hard to be on the same page with 4 of us siblings, so most of us feel we need extra outside help. Mr. Dafoe gave us 3 hours of consultation for free!!! He was very informative trying to guide us to what would or could be best for our mother, but there was friction, so Mr. Dafoe took control of the situation to stop that. I feel he was professionaI and would recommend him to anyone. He seems to truly care about the well being of the elderly and knows how to do it. I thank you Mr. Dafoe for all your time and efforts and I am sorry you had to experience our dyfunction, Sincerely, JoAnn Mudgett
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Posted by Darrel | January 20, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Disagree with Mary's review on on 1-19-21
Travis was trying to give us options, on what we could do, to help our mom. Mary was not being truthful with some of her responses. Then after Mary interrupted Travis, he confronted her. She then smirked. You can take it from there. Travis gave us more time in consulting us, then we expected. He seems very knowable on Elder Law. My other two sisters and I, are still planning on working with him, even if Mary refuses.
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Posted by Lori | November 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I don't understand what this means. He helped me with estate planning and a will. I am a Mrs. and Mr. Dafoe is my lawyer.
After attending a free seminar that Travis Dafoe offered 2 years ago, I met with him for estate planning after gathering many materials as requested. We reviewed the information together which was helpful to me. Later he told me various options to choose & decide on, and answered my questions helpfully. At our big meeting for signing, he again explained & answered my questions & helped with what I didn't know. Now that such a big project has been taken care of, I can set that aside for now and look forward to a yearly review meeting. He provided a knowledgeable experience and was helpful in my family situation. His assistant Amanda was pleasant and courteous too.
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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
star only review
I had a consultation with Mr. Dafoe, and even though he was unable to take my case, he was very helpful and explained things clearly. He was kind and honest and I really appreciated his help.
Posted by David | April 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Experience with Estate Planning
My wife and I consulted Travis about estate planning and ended up hiring him. We are very happy with the work that he did for us. When we went into the initial meeting, we were not sure if we needed a Will or a Trust or both. Travis did a great job explaining the differences, advantages and disadvantages between a Will and a Trust in a way that ordinary people could understand. In addition to explaining all the differences, he did a fantastic job answering all of our questions and providing legal insight as to what the best solution was for our needs. In the end we are very happy with the estate planning documents that Travis created for us and he did a great job customizing the documents for our needs. It is not just a template from a discount website, it is customized for what our family needs. The whole process was very easy, and his office was very easy to work with for scheduling. I feel as though Travis is an attorney that we can trust. I would recommend estate planning to all of my friends and family and highly recommend Travis for their individual estate planning needs.
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Posted by Jill | April 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Honest
We hired Travis to write our wills. Originally I had gone in thinking I wanted a trust to protect our assets for our kids' benefit, but Travis explained that we really only needed a Trust Under Will provision. That saved us money. Also, he wrote us a codicil to add our second child without extra charge. Furthermore, the documents he prepared for us were in plain language and not "legalese" so we could clearly understand. We would definitely recommend him for all of your legal needs.
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Posted by Steven Anderson | October 22, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
501C3 Help
Travis assisted our non-profit with getting our 501C3 status corrected. We had previously worked under another organization's status. He made the process very easy and was always willing and able to answer our questions.
Posted by Mel | September 17, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expectations Exceeded
His knowledge amazed me. He knows how to get the job done, and what my best options are. I actually just reffered a couple friends his way because I know they will be very satisfied too
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-325 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Dafoe Law, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Delta College
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Gafkay & Dafoe, PLC
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Malhburg, Brandt, Gilbert, Thompson, & Wimsatt
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Teacher
  • River Valley School District
  • 2002 - 2007
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Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Henschel v Clare County Road Commission, 737 F.3d 1017 (6th Cir. 2013)
  • Reverse and Remand
  • Garlitz v. Alpena Reg'l Medical Ctr., 834 F. SUPP. 2D 668 (E.D. MICH. 2011)
  • Settled
  • Chlystek v. Donovan
  • Settled

Associations

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Life Care Planning Law Firm Assocation
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Michigan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Frankenmuth Historical Association
  • President
  • 2020 - 2020
  • Frankenmuth Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Frankenmuth Historical Association
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - 2020
  • Frankenmuth School District School Board
  • School Board Member
  • 2016 - 2022
  • Frankenmuth Jaycees
  • Legal Counsel
  • 2015 - 2019
  • Frankenmuth Rotary
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2022
  • Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network
  • Steering Committee
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Saginaw County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Elder Law Certification
  • Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • 2019
  • Distinguished Lawyer
  • Noticed.co
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • Trusts From A to Z
  • Grantor Trusts and. other TrustStructures
  • 2021
  • Cass River Chapter Monthly Meeting
  • Lifecare Planning Basics
  • 2017
  • Estate Planning Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2014
  • Demystifying Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • 2014
  • Saginaw County Bar Association Ask a Lawyer
  • Ask a Lawyer
  • 2013
  • Landlord-Tenant Law Surviving a Difficult Economy
  • Leases
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
Endorse Travis
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Friend
"One of the most dedicated lawyers his community. Truly a fine individual."
General practice Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Frankenmuth Estate planning Lawyer Travis I. Dafoe
Travis I. Dafoe
Estate planning Attorney
Frankenmuth, MI
Licensed for 14 years
Virtual consultation available