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Amy Rombyer Tripp

Estate planning Attorney at Jackson, MI

3.7   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Amy

Learn Amy’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    24%
    Planning for vulnerable adults including but not limited to Guardianships, Conservatorships, Medicaid and Long term Care Options.

    26 years

  2. Estate planning
    24%

    26 years

  3. Trusts
    24%
    A large portion of my practice involves planning for persons with disablilties. This includes Third Party Discretioary Trusts ( Special Needs Trusts) and tranditonal estate planning. In addition, I work closly with families preparing self-settled special needs trusts.

    22 years

  4. Probate
    23%

    24 years

  5. Medicaid and medicare
    5%

Location

Amy Rombyer Tripp
2127 Spring Arbor Rd
Jackson, MI, 49203

Reviews

3.7 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
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Posted by Jason | October 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely pleased and grateful
It was a pleasure meeting with attorney Amy Tripp. She is very easy to communicate with, she listens to what you have to say and gives you an honest answer. Attorney Amy Tripp takes her time to address our concerns and priorities and explains things so we could understand. She is very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. I have alot of confidence and trust in her abilities. She is handling our estate planning and Trust, she is extremely familiar with ssi rules and regulations. The entire staff is tremendously helpful and nice. It's worth the price for a piece of mind knowing it will be done right. I would highly recommend her and her Law firm
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Posted by Bobbie | May 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Love Amy and her staff!
I can’t praise Amy and her staff enough. Amy helped me get my will in order after my husband died, and set up a trust for our autistic son. While in the trust process, Amy discovered that he was not receiving the services for which he was entitled. Dealing with the government agencies to get him all set up can be a nightmare – which Amy’s social worker, Megan, took on. Megan had the knowledge, resources, and persistence to jump in and take care of business! Now he is all set, and I have a caring, knowledgeable team for support. Worth every single penny for that kind of peace of mind.
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Posted by Betty | April 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I feel great about the work that was done
Amy very through and the experience with my Estate Planning documents went so smooth. She was very detailed and explain everything so well
Posted by DAN | June 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tripp Provides Valuable Counsel & Advice to Trust
I am writing this review on behalf of the McAuliffe family of Jackson, Michigan. Amy Tripp was hired as our family attorney in 2012 and continues to represent the trusts interests. Chalgian & Tripp Law Offices, rate 5 stars in my opinion and a major “pat on the back” for a job very well done. My parents thought highly of this firm and met with Amy in 2012 to update their 30 year old trust, complete their estate planning, and to prepare their wills. I agreed to be trustee and met with Amy and my parents in early April 2013. Documents were signed and good solid advice was shared and understood. Unexpectedly my mother passed away 3 weeks later much to our surprise. My father had developed Alzheimer’s and continued to decline in health. As such I had to fulfill the role of trustee and caregiver much earlier than anticipated. My mother had died too soon after signing the documents which created a legal quagmire full of twists and turns. I was left with old trusts that has not had the time to transfer to the new trust. Plus various bank accounts under different names. A family business that needed dissolution. A father that had to be moved to an adult living center. In short a nightmare. My MBA and business background never prepared me for this. There was No silver bullet as the “devil was in the details.” Without their guidance I would surely have failed “big time” as I attempted to find my footing. They provided sage legal advice to steer me in the right direction. We developed a short and long range plan together. Moreover, they acted like a family therapist and provided wise counseling on sticky family emotional matters. With their backing I created a support group consisting of an accountant, financial advisor, bank, various other professionals, and themselves as legal. I started on a 4 year journey with them. Due to their efforts I successfully cared for my father until his death in September 2015. Their actions freed up my time such that I was able to help my father complete the family autobiography one month before his death. After his death the Long range plan went into action. It took 2016 and 2017 to successfully consolidate 3 trusts into one. I sold properties, transferred funds between banks, learned how to prepare the proper financial documents as trustee, pay out distributions to beneficiaries, etc. My role with them had changed as they now were watching out for my interests as “Trustee”. Prior to this they acted as legal counsel for my father and counseled me how to act as power of attorney and caregiver to preserve my father’s dignity of life. It is now 2017 and I am at the end of a long legal journey. The firm of Chalgian & Tripp Law Offices, PLLC consisting of Amy Tripp, Rachel Zapczynski, and others acted as my saviors. I intend to continue to use them until the dissolution of this trust over the next 8 years. I highly recommend them to anyone in Michigan in need of estate planning, elder law, or trusts. Sincerely, Daniel N. M, Trustee of Annetta N. MTestamentary Trust
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Posted by James Nastally | February 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Saddened by professional and moral ethics.
The firm of Chalgian & Tripp severely misguided our family in our parents nursing home medicaid application and process. They argued with DHS over medicaid law for over a year, created a huge debt, told us the entire time that they would win the case. After over $100,000.00 in nursing home debt accumulated, they lost all their appeals and left our family with the debt. A very, very disappointing experience, especially while caring for 2 aging parents at the same time. So saddened by their professional and moral ethics.......will tell everyone I come in contact about this experience.
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Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2014
Costly Experience
Zero stars for this attorney. They called a meeting to sign documents pertaining to a probate matter. When the meeting was held there were no documents ready for probate matters, but instead they turned the meeting into "estate planning" which we were very clear ahead of time was not wanted. Billed over $350 for a meeting that was not wanted for that purpose. Dragged their feet on closing estate after probate indicated the estate was ready to close much earlier. Finally had to insist the estate be closed immediately as the delays seemed to be an opportunity for continued billing. Ultimate insult came after attorney assigned to the case sent letter stating the estate was closed and thanking us for having chosen the firm, two months later get a bill for "reviewing" an already closed estate. Was not impressed by demeanor of attorney, for example speaking insubordinately to us during conversations. Cost to benefit ratio: could have accomplished much more for much less elsewhere.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Chalgian & Tripp Law Offices, PLLC
  • 2003 - Present

Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996

Associations

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Probate and Estate Planning Section of the Michigan State Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Special Needs Alliance
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Academy of Special Needs Planners
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Jackson Area Estate Planning Council
  • Member - (Past Member -Executive Committee)
  • N/A
  • Jackson County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • N/A
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Fellow
  • N/A
  • ASK 2008
  • Member. Planning Committee
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Huntington Society
  • Past Board Member
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Ella Sharp Museum
  • Board Member
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Jackson TRIAD
  • Former Co-Chair
  • 2004 - 2009
  • Catholic Charities Senior Advisory Council
  • Past Member, Advisory Board
  • 2003 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Lansing - Lawyer of the Year - Elder Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyer - Elder Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Michigan Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • 2016 Women in Law
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • 2016
  • Joe E. Sutton Call to Justice Award
  • Elder Law of Michigan
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Lansing - Lawyer of the Year - Elder Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Elder Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Michigan Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyers
  • Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyers
  • Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Courage and Heart Award
  • Michigan Campaign for Quality Care
  • 2009
  • Rising Star
  • Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2009
  • Boss of the Year
  • NAILS of Jackson County
  • 2008
  • Rising Star
  • Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2008
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Publications

  • Trusts & Estates
  • When Elder Law Meets Dink Planning - Advising Dual-Income, No Kids Couples
  • 2014
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Plan to be 100
  • 2013
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • Special Needs Chapter - Advising the Older Client or Client with a Disability, Fourth Edition
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Spring Conference
  • State Bar of Michigan -Negligence Law Section- Las Vegas
  • 2012
  • NASW Conference
  • Overview of Special Need Planning Beyond a Trust
  • 2012
  • NAMI Conference
  • Overview of Special Needs Planning Beyond a Trust
  • 2012
  • ICLE
  • Medicaid Update
  • 2012
  • ICLE
  • Legal Issues of Autism
  • 2012
  • Michigan Elder Law
  • Legal, Financial, Medicaid Today
  • 2011
  • Solo & Small Firm Institute
  • Top Ten Medicaid Planning Tips
  • 2010
  • Schrieber Conference
  • Survival Guide for the Adult Children of Aging Parents
  • 2010
  • Michigan Elder Law - 2010
  • Legal, Financial, and Medicaid Today
  • 2010
  • KCMHSAS Speakers Program on Special Needs Trusts
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • 2010
  • ICLE Annual Medicaid Update
  • Special Monthly Pension-Moderator
  • 2010
  • Family Law Institute
  • Child Support and Spousal Support, Minimize the Impact on Public Benefits with a Special Needs Trust
  • 2010
  • Annual Medicaid Update Conference
  • VA Special Monthly Pension
  • 2010
  • 50th Annual Probate Institute
  • How Government Benefits Programs View Asset Transfers-Moderator
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (1)
Endorse Amy
Elder law Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Tripp is a leading authority on elder law and disability planning. Amy's contributions to Michigan's Institute of Continuing Legal Education provides invaluable insight for other practitioners, and she is pleasure to work with. I would not hesitate to recommend Amy's services for anyone needing representation in the areas of elder law, disability planning and estate/trust matters."
Elder law Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Tripp is the rare attorney who possesses knowledge, compassion and unmatched ethics. I would not hesitate to refer an elder law or special needs client to Attorney Tripp, knowing the client will receive the highest level of legal service."
Administrative law Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Friend
"career and successes. I could not be more proud of her many achievements and the manner in which she practices, as a consummate professional and kind-hearted person. She makes me a better lawyer in many many ways."
Trusts Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Amy is recognized nationally for her expertise in special needs trust (drafting and administration). She is easy to work with and very capable. She and her partner are leaders in the Michigan elder law, special needs, trusts and estates legal communities."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is an outstanding attorney and is highly sought after throughout the State of Michigan on issues of Elder Care and Special Needs. I would not hesitate to recommend her services to a client and I am happy to endorse her to the Avvo community. James Frederick"
Elder law Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Amy Tripp brings energy, experience, and a deep sense of caring to every client matter. I have seen her work and discussed many sophisticated issues with her. I have complete confidence in her judgment and ability to develop workable, successful strategies and solutions."
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