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After practicing law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Tim returned to Michigan and joined Smith Haughey’s Traverse City office.  Tim focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning, trusts, taxation, business law and agribusiness (including equine law).

Tim works with the owners of family and closely held businesses, corporate executives, professionals, and other successful individuals and families, as well as their other advisors to develop and implement plans to meet the clients’ business succession, wealth transfer, retirement, asset protection and estate planning goals.

He also represents executors, trustees and other fiduciaries responsible for the administering estates, trusts, or a principal’s financial resources. Tim has significant experience advising clients on the administration of estates which hold or operate a business.

In addition, Tim also practices in the areas of business law and agribusiness, including representing businesses, professionals, and owners in the equine industry.  In contrast to many attorneys in this area, Tim’s focus is to be proactive, reduce risk and protect clients before problems arise. This includes prudent planning, strong contracts, and practical advice to avoid conflict.

Tim lives in Traverse City with his wife, Susy, and their three children.  Tim is an avid runner, enjoys outdoor activities and sports of all kinds, and spends most evenings reading to his kids.


Practice areas


  1. Tax: 25%
    8 years
  2. Estate Planning: 25%
    8 years
  3. Trusts: 20%
  4. Business: 20%
    8 years
  5. Animal Law: 10%
    8 years

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  • Jimmy Newmoon Roybal

    Tim and I studied for our JDs and Tax L.L.M. degrees together. Tim is an excellent tax and estate planning attorney. He is also a very positive, bright, and enthusiastic person to work with


    Jimmy Roybal Business Attorney
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  • Christian K. Lassen II

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Contact info

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge

101 N. Park St.
Suite 100
Traverse City, MI, 49684


MIActive And In Good Standing201308/04/2016
NJAdministrative - Not authorized to practice200707/28/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Arthur B. Walsh AwardBucks County Bar Association2013
Bucks County Forty Under FortyBucks County Courier Times and The Intelligencer2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneySmith Haughey Rice & Roegge2013 - Present
AttorneyAntheil Maslow & MacMinn, LLP2008 - 2013
Law ClerkCourt of Common Pleas of Bucks County2007 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bucks County Bar Association, Orphans' Court/Estate Planning and Probate Law SectionChair2013 - 2013
Bucks County Bar Association, Orphans' Court/Estate Planning and Probate Law SectionVice Chair2012 - 2013
American Bar Association, Law Practice Management SectionPublication Board Member2009 - 2013
Bucks County Estate Planning CouncilN/A2008 - 2013
American Cancer SocietyRegional Board Member2008 - 2013
Publication nameTitleDate
The Chonicle of the Horse - OnlineEquine Activity Statutes Aren't Bulletproof When It Comes To Protecting Yourself2009
Elite Equestrian MagazineHow to Protect Yourself2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws2009
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Michigan State UniversitySupply Chain ManagementBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Orphans' Court February CLE ProgramEstate Planning for 20122012
How to Keep Tax-Exempt Organizations in ComplianceUnrelated Business Taxable Income2012
Introduction to Equine StudiesEquine Law in the Delaware Valley2011
Estate Planning Boot CampEstate, Gift, and Inheritance Taxes2010
Equine Law Round TableEquine Law for Driving Horses2009