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Claire Hollis Forster

Estate planning Attorney at Petoskey, MI

5.0   2 reviews
  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 8 years
    Illinois - IL 16 years
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2014
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2006
    Voluntarily Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Claire

Learn Claire’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Customized to meet your estate planning goals, whether basic or complex. Includes financial powers of attorney, healthcare powers of attorney, wills, trusts, trust funding, and probate avoidance, if desired.

  2. Probate
    Assistance with the probate process so that all legal requirements are met for complete estate settlement.

  3. Business
    Set-up of closely-held business entities.

  4. Elder law
    Basic advising on medicaid planning.

  5. Guardianship
    Assistance with the establishment or modification of guardianships.

Claire Hollis Forster is originally from Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law with Honors in 2006. During law school, Ms. Forster served as Managing Editor of the Law Review, and became a certified court mediator through the Center for Conflict Resolution. Ms. Forster was admitted to the State Bar in Illinois in 2006, and to the State Bar of Michigan in 2014.

Before relocating to Michigan, Ms. Forster practiced law as an Associate at two premier, large law firms in Chicago, where she gained experience in secured transactions and litigation. During that time, she also successfully represented asylum seekers from Togo and Chad in the United States Immigration Court. In addition, while in Chicago, Ms. Forster served for four years as a judicial law clerk in the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, and as court-appointed counsel in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, handling the appeal of a convicted criminal defendant.

Since moving to Michigan in 2015, Ms. Forster has concentrated her law practice on estate planning and administration. In her practice, Ms. Forster collaborates closely with fellow estate planning attorney at the firm, Jane Gootee Nelson, to make certain that all of the Firm’s estate planning clients receive assistance in a consistent, timely, and effective manner. Ms. Forster genuinely loves the relationships she establishes with her clients, and takes pride not only in meeting her clients’ estate planning goals, but also in helping her clients understand the estate planning process and their own, individualized estate plan.

In 2018, Ms. Forster earned a Certificate in Probate and Estate Planning from the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan. She graduated from the Leadership Little Traverse program that same year. In addition, she is a member of the Probate & Estate Planning and the Elder Law & Disability Rights Sections of the State Bar Association of Michigan. She is also an active member of the Emmet-Charlevoix Bar Association, the Estate Planning Council of Northern Michigan, and the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Government Relations Committee.

Contact Claire

Nelson Deegan Forster & Stikovich PC
Po Box 809
Petoskey, MI, 49770-0809
Nelson Deegan Forster & Stikovich, PC
7 Pennsylvania Plz
Po Box 809
Petoskey, MI, 49770-2460
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning /Trust
My family and I went thru two attorneys before we hired Ms. Claire Forster for our estate planning (first one was a local attorney who only gave us trust documents printed right off the internet - our entire assets would have gone thru. probate, second one was a high profile attorney from a big city, large firm who did not care to listen to our needs and only tried to control us with unfairness). Then through someone in law, we were finally directed to Claire. Right from the beginning, we could see the very high level of knowledge she has in taxes and many other areas. She carefully listens to our needs/wishes and goes over what facts help us and what facts hurt us from the aspect of laws and tax benefits. The most significant strength she has is an extremely high level of thoroughness. She is not only very thorough, but also has shown empathy and compassion as we have some complications in our family that needed to be taken care by Trust. She has high quality client interactions! Her speed and professionalism are also exceptional. Our family and I are VERY grateful for her service and we hereby recommend Ms. Claire Forster without reservation.
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Posted by Lori | May 26, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Attorney!
Excellent service! Claire went above and beyond to prepare Enhanced Life Estate Deeds for my properties. She took extra time to explain various options and carefully detailed the implications of each. She is the most knowledgeable attorney I have met with regard to Estate Planning. She was extremely thorough and I highly recommend her!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-300 per hour
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AVVO RATING 6.9 (Good)


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006


  • Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Government Relations Committee.
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Estate Planning Council of Northern Michigan
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Emmet-Charlevoix Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Leadership Little Traverse
  • Member
  • 2017 - 2018
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Speaking Engagements

  • Walloon Women's Breakfast
  • Planned Giving
  • 2019
  • Planning for Digital Assets
  • Planning for Digital Assets
  • 2019

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Petoskey Estate planning Lawyer Claire Hollis Forster
Claire Hollis Forster
Estate planning Attorney
Petoskey, MI
Licensed for 16 years