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Torree J. Breen

Estate planning Attorney at East Lansing, MI

4.6   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2000
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Wills and Trusts, Durable Powers of Attorney for Finances and Medical, Living Wills, Trust Administration, Probate Court, Guardianships and Conservatorships, Business Succession, and Cottage Trusts

  2. Divorce and separation
    Complex Property Disputes and Complex Child Custody Disputes

  3. Child custody
    Friend of Court Hearings, Trials, Legal/Physical Custody, and Single Parents

  4. Marriage and prenuptials
    Separation of Property before Marriage, Estate Planning, and Blended Families Estate Planning

Torree J. Breen is a shareholder and has practiced law for over 20 years. She is the chair of the Estate Planning and Family Law Practice Groups and a member of the firm’s Hospitality and Alcohol Law Practice Group. Ms. Breen drafts wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney for finances, medical advocates, and electronic accounts, cottage trusts, and funeral representative forms. Her family law practice includes divorce, child custody disputes, prenuptial agreements, guardianships/conservatorships, and grandparent’s rights. Ms. Breen is also is familiar with handling Michigan Liquor Control Commission license violations for our corporate clients.

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Posted by Diane | March 16, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highly satisfied with my estate plan
Torree Breen did an excellent job helping me plan my estate. She was able to answer all my questions. I received copies of my documents in a very timely manner. She reviewed them with me and was very thorough with explaining every last detail of the documents. I would use her again and would highly recommend her for all you estate planning needs.
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Posted by Ryan | March 2, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Financial Advisor
I have sent Torree many clients who are going through Divorce, Estate Planning issues, or other related legal matters, as well as used her personally. She handles everyone with the utmost professionalism and I have never received anything but excellent feedback. The thing that impresses me the most is her thorough process of information gathering. She is able to quickly and efficiently sort through her client's information to create a plan of action. I have worked with many lawyers who drag that process out, it can be a burden not only on your stress levels but your wallet as well. Torree is the opposite of those lawyers. I also can't say enough positive things about her associate Laura. Together they make it easy to communicate and organize my legal documents. I would highly recommend her and her team.
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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Very effective attorney
I have had Ms. Breen help me with some very difficult family law issues that involve my child and grandchildren. She has always been very responsive and helpful in preparing me with my court appearances. I recommend her to anyone with custody issues.
Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2015
I am very satisfied with Torree Breen.
I have retained Torree to assist me with various matters including my child custody issues and other family issues involving probate court. Ms. Breen has a wide span of knowledge and was able to make me feel at ease throughout these various difficult moments in my life. She would discuss issues even after business hours when she was available. I continue to appreciate all of the hard work and effort she has put forth into my legal matters. I have retained Torree multiple times and trust her to handle my legal affairs.
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Posted by JK | February 24, 2015
Torree is an Excellent Attorney
I have retained Torree to assist me a couple of times in regard to child custody, child support and other matters after my divorce. She is always available to discuss my problems and is very knowledgeable about Michigan law. Torree has always provided good legal advice to me so that I can ensure that my children always have what is in their best interest. Matters regarding my children are sometimes emotional to me and she was very sympathetic to my concerns. I would recommend her to anyone that is in need of a great litigation attorney.
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Posted by Stephanie | August 25, 2014
Torree is amazing
Torree was amazing. She really helped me to talk about everything I needed to cover while meeting with friend of the court during my custody case for my son. Torree was able to answer everyone of my questions regarding the matter as well as suggestions about how to go about different situations. Her office staff and her were very good about keeping me informed and sending me any necessary copies of documents. I highly recommend Torree for anyone needing help in a custody battle. I tend to be meek and back down, but Torree was there to be my backbone. I am very pleased with all she's done for my son and I.
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Posted by Dione | December 19, 2013
Excellent Attorney
Ms. Breen assisted me with my child custody dispute and divorce. She was well prepared, exhibited excellent court skills, and was very professional.
Posted by Jodee | September 19, 2011
Divorce/Child Custody Attorney
Ms. Breen was professional in my divorce and child custody matter. She exhibited knowledge of the law and helped resolve my dispute in a quick and satisfactory manner. She helped me obtain a child custody arrangement in the best interest of my children.
Posted by Karen | January 24, 2015
Worst attorney ever
I retained Ms. Breen while I was in the middle of a very difficult child support and custody case. She took my $5000 retainer, then basically ignored me. She did not return my emails, or phone calls in a timely manner, if she returned them at all. One time she actually answered her phone when I called and honestly sounded like she had no idea who I was. After telling me she was too busy to attend one of my hearings, and that she was sending an "associate" from the firm whom I had never met, she then rescheduled the hearing without my permission or consent. She then cancelled the rescheduled hearing, again without my permission or consent, and as a result, the proceedings are still dragging on now, after almost a year. At one point, I told her if she wanted to hand my case over to another attorney in the firm who had more time, she responded (right away, ironically,) by telling me she would not represent me anymore, and that I had to find another firm. This was a few days after my ex husband filed another motion to sue me for something else. I was frightened and very upset, and she totally left me hanging in the wind. She did everything possible to make any already terribly situation much, much worse. I called several of the partners in her firm to complain, and they ended up giving me my full retainer back and admitting that she dropped the ball. In fact, I just heard recently that her secretary got fired, although, in my opinion, she is so incompetent, she is the one who should be fired.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Willingham & Cote', PC
  • 2002 - Present
  • Judge Philip Schaefer
  • Kalamazoo County Circuit Court
  • 2001 - 2002


  • Michigan State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Alma College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Legal Cases

  • Graber v Farm Bureau
  • Favorable to our client
  • Farm Bureau v Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Spectrum
  • Favorable to our client
  • Auto-Owners Ins v Motan Yahia, et al.
  • Favorable to our client
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  • Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association
  • 2019 - Present
  • Traverse City Chamber of Commerce
  • 2019 - Present
  • Grand Ledge Chamber of Commerce
  • 2018 - Present
  • Lansing Chamber of Commerce
  • 2017 - Present
  • Women Lawyer's Association of Michigan
  • Member of Mid-Michigan Chapter
  • 2011 - Present
  • Ingham County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM)
  • President
  • 2012 - 2015
  • 100 Women Who Care
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Eaton County Child Abuse Prevention Council
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Ingham County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • President
  • 2005 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney
  • Attorney and Practice Magazine
  • 2018
  • Top Ten Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 10-Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top Ten Attorney Award
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Leadership Award
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Attorney in Michigan
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • 10 Best-Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Superb Rating
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Superb Rating
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Excellent Rating
  • Avvo
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • CPE Mega Conference
  • Easing the Stress of Settling an Estate
  • 2019
  • 2019 Wealth Planning Seminar
  • Estate Planning Concepts and Funding your Trust
  • 2019
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Estate Planning and 529 Planning
  • 2018
  • CPE-Mega Conference
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • 2017
  • In-house at Michigan insurance company
  • Fiduciary Fees Seminar
  • 2016
  • In-house at a Michigan insurance company
  • Deposition Skills Seminar
  • 2016
  • Insurance Institute of Michigan Annual Conference
  • Conservator Fees
  • 2013
  • Insurance Institute of Michigan Annual Conference
  • 12% Interest pursuant to MCL 500.2006
  • 2012
  • Insurance Institute of Michigan Seminar
  • PIP Probate Litigation
  • 2011
  • Insurance Institute of Michigan Seminar
  • Michigan No-Fault Updates
  • 2008
  • Annual Conference
  • Affirmative Action versus Equal Opportunity
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (7)
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Family Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ms. Breen gives her clients the personal attention that is often not given by many family law attorneys. She consistently listens to her clients and then acts in their best interests. It has been said that clients find their difficult situations a little easier knowing that Ms Breen is their attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ms. Breen is a highly effective attorney who represents her clients with determination and skill. Her extensive courtroom experience and legal acumen give her clients a real advantage."
Family Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Torree is a hard working and effective representative for her clients who gives them the personal attention they need for such tough cases."
Family Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Breen is a zealous advocate for her clients. Torree is a leader in the mid-Michigan area and excels at family law. I highly recommend her for your family law matter."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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