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Travis I. Dafoe

About me


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. 




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Contact info

Dafoe Law, PLLC

160 S. Main Street Ste 4
Frankenmuth, MI, 48734

Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 50%
    7 years
  2. Real Estate: 20%
    7 years
  3. Business: 10%
    7 years
  4. Elder Law: 10%
    3 years
  5. Probate: 10%



Hourly ($175-250/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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MIActive And In Good Standing200908/04/2016
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Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Client RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerDafoe Law, PLLC2015 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorDelta College2010 - 2013
AttorneyGafkay & Dafoe, PLC2010 - 2015
AttorneyMalhburg, Brandt, Gilbert, Thompson, & Wimsatt2009 - 2010
TeacherRiver Valley School District2002 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
WealthCounselmember2016 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneysmember2016 - Present
Northeastern Michigan Estate Planning CouncilMember2016 - Present
Frankenmuth Historical AssociationBoard Member2016 - Present
Frankenmuth Parks and Recreation CommissionBoard Member2016 - Present
Frankenmuth Rotarymember2013 - Present
Frankenmuth JayceesLegal Counsel2010 - Present
Michigan Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Saginaw County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals NetworkSteering Committee2010 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Chlystek v. DonovanSettled
Garlitz v. Alpena Reg'l Medical Ctr., 834 F. SUPP. 2D 668 (E.D. MICH. 2011)Settled
Henschel v Clare County Road Commission, ___ F.3d _____ (6th Cir. 2013)Reverse and Remand
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
Western Michigan UniversityEducationBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Landlord Tenant Law: Leases, Evictions, Litigation, and SettlementsLandlord Tenant Law: Lease2014
Estate Planning SeminarEstate Planning2014
Demystifying Estate PlanningEstate Planning2014
Saginaw County Bar Association Ask a LawyerAsk a Lawyer2013
Landlord-Tenant Law Surviving a Difficult EconomyLeases2013
Utility Workers Union ConferenceFamily Medical Leave Act2012