Craig S. Gerard

Craig S. Gerard: Attorney with Gallagher Law Firm
  • Attorney at Gallagher Law Firm (4 Attorneys)
  • 6025 N. Hagadorn Road, East Lansing, MI 48823
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-Listed in MI Super Lawyers - Rising Star in 2010.

-President, 2010-2011 and Member, Board of Directors, 2008-Present, Greater Lansing Estate Planning Council.

-Professional Memberships: Michigan State Auctioneers Association; Michigan United Conservation Club; Safari Club International, Lansing Chapter; United States Golf Association; Golf Association of Michigan.

-Legal Counsel, Ingham County Pheasants Forever Chapter.

Speaking Engagements:

-GreenStone Farms Credit Union Retirement Planning Workshop (May 30, 2012) - Highest-rated presenter according to exit survey

-Estate Planning and Administration Made Simple, Okemos (May 8, 2012)

-Estate Administration and Probate Seminar, East Lansing (April 26, 2012)

-Estate Planning & Wealth Preservation, Lansing (June 19, 2008)

(Also at Mount Pleasant Office)

Areas of Practice (85)

  • Wills
  • Trust Law
  • Elder Care
  • Elder Law
  • Asset Protection
  • Business Law
  • Business Development
  • Business Estate Planning
  • Business Formation
  • Business Organization
  • Business Planning
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Business Successions
  • Business Transactions
  • Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Closely Held Business Estate Planning
  • Family Business Successions
  • Family Business Law
  • Limited Liability Company Law
  • Small Business Law
  • Collections
  • Adoption Law
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Entertainment Law
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Marital Property Settlements
  • Separation Agreements
  • Uncontested Divorce
  • Trust Investment
  • Probate
  • Ancillary Probate
  • Probate Administration
  • Probate Litigation
  • Sports Law
  • Professional Sports Law
  • Sports Contracts
  • Sports Marketing Law
  • Estate and Gift Taxation
  • Federal Estate and Gift Taxation
  • Tax Planning
  • Trusts and Estates Taxation
  • Contested Trusts and Estates
  • Decedents Estates
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate Litigation
  • Estate Planning for Parents of Handicapped Children
  • Estate Planning for the Disabled
  • Estate Planning for the Elderly
  • Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples
  • Estate Settlements
  • Family Trusts
  • Family Wealth Transfer
  • Fiduciary Law
  • Fiduciary Liability
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Financial Planning
  • Living Trusts
  • Personal Planning
  • Pet Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Retirement Planning
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Trust Administration
  • Trust and Estate Collections
  • Trust Litigation
  • Trust Planning
  • Wealth Preservation
  • Contested Wills
  • Inheritance
  • Living Wills
  • Charitable Giving
  • Charitable Trusts and Foundations
  • Real Estate
  • Conveyancing
  • Land Trusts
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Real Estate Partnerships
  • Real Estate Title
  • Civil Litigation
  • Title Insurance Defense
  • Real Estate Tax Appeals
  • Real Estate Taxation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
517-803-4361  Phone
517-853-1510 (Direct Dial)  Phone
517-853-1500 (Lansing)  Phone
517-853-1501  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1800, East Lansing, MI 48823
University Attended:
Western Michigan University, B.A.
Law School Attended:
Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., cum laude
Year of First Admission:
2004, Michigan
Ingham County and American Bar Associations; State Bar of Michigan (Member, Probate and Estate Planning Section).
Represented more than 1,000 Michigan individuals and families with estate planning needs; Successfully represented family members in denying the admission of a relative's will based on the claims of lack of testamentary capacity and undue influence; Recovered $200,000 from an estate on behalf of a client who was informed by previous counsel that there was no recovery to be had; Represented a fiduciary in recoupment of $30,000 from a financial institution for release of funds from a restricted account; Represented a large financial institution serving as a fiduciary with regard to the conveyance of numerous oil and gas interests owned by an estate; Negotiated a property tax refund in excess of $75,000 for an owner of commercial real estate; Obtained a property tax refund in excess of $35,000 for an owner of commercial real estate; Represented purchaser in acquisition of well-known outdoors television show; Recovered in excess of $225,000 for an estate that was misappropriated by a former fiduciary.

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