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When handling a conservator appointment, must it be a person?

Starting with the location of the prospective ward and the court’s jurisdiction, probate court jurisdiction over the appointment of a conservator derives from MCL 700.5402 (a). This statute is a mirror of the standards for jurisdiction over guardianships, as set forth in MCL 700.5301(b). This white paper reviews these two statutes and provides practice tips when handling the appointment of a conservator.



Brian R. Jenney

Brian R. Jenney

Kemp Klein Law Firm

  • Shareholder at Kemp Klein Law Firm
  • Practice emphasizes all aspects of elder law, estate planning, probate/trust administration, special needs trusts, estate/income taxes and pooled trust accounts
  • Conducts regular seminars and workshops on elder law and estate planning
  • Author of several publications related to the areas of elder law, estate planning and special needs trusts
  • Member of the State Bar of Michigan, elder law & disability rights section, probate & estate planning section; Oakland County Bar Association; National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; and member and co-founder of the Brother Rice Warrior Bar Association
  • LL.M. degree in tax law, Western Michigan University, Cooley Law School; J.D. degree, Wayne State University Law School; Summer Program, Tulane University Law School, Rhodes, Greece (Maritime Torts and Unification of Maritime Law); B.S. degree, Michigan State University
  • Can be contacted at 248-740-5688, [email protected], website: https://kkue.com/directory/brian-r-jenney/ or https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-jenney-5464a26/
Edward M. Nahhat

Edward M. Nahhat

Kemp Klein Law Firm

  • Attorney with Kemp Klein Law Firm, he joined Kemp Klein in 2013 as a member of their award-winning Trusts and Estates Litigation Practice Group
  • Over 25 years of experience as an effective adviser and successful trial lawyer in probate, real estate, entertainment law, and other general practice areas
  • Delivers effective service to individuals, their families and to businesses of all sizes from a client-centered philosophy of practice; his clients rely on him to help them create solutions to their important issues, and have confidence in his commitment to mutual trust in the attorney-client relationship
  • Member of the State Bar of Michigan, recipient, John Hensel Award, 2006, chairman, Section of Arts, Entertainment, Communications and Sports, 1997-1998; Oakland County Bar Association, recipient, Distinguished Service Commendation, from the Oakland County Prosecutor, 2012; Macomb County Bar Association; Wayne County Probate Bar Association and Screen Actors Guild
  • J.D. degree, Wayne State University; B.F.A. degree, Wayne State University

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