Amy R. Tripp

Founding Partner Special Needs Planning Attorney

2127 Spring Arbor Road
Jackson, MI 49203

26211 Central Park Blvd.,
Suite 200
Southfield, MI 48076


About Amy

Amy’s first experience with Elder Law came as she assisted her great-grandmother with decisions regarding long term care placement. As a young attorney and grandchild, Amy’s eyes were opened to the challenges families face when dealing with the complex, emotional, legal, and financial issues of planning for long term care. Since then, Amy has helped hundreds of families navigate through these same issues.

As an outgrowth of her elder law practice, a large part of Amy’s practice is now devoted to planning for persons with special needs, including the drafting and administration of trusts. Amy is frequently invited to speak to other professionals and community groups about special needs planning and elder law. In addition, Amy is active in many boards and organizations, including:

  • Member of the Special Needs Alliance
  • Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners-since 2007
  • Active member of the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the Michigan State Bar and National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Appointed by Governor Snyder to serve on the Commission on Services to the Aging
  • Member of the Jackson Area Estate Planning Council
  • Member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • Adjunct Professor for Cooley Law School-Summer 2009-2013
  • Selected as one of the Michigan Women in Law-2016 byMichigan Lawyers Weekly
  • Recipient of the Joe D. Sutton Call to Justice Award – Elder Law of Michigan – 2015
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America– Lansing –  Elder Law – Lawyer of the Year – 2014 & 2017
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America– Elder Law – 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 edition of Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Selected as one of the Top 50 Michigan Women Lawyers in SuperLawyers Magazine 2016, 2017 & 2018
  • Selected as one of the Top 100 Michigan Lawyers in SuperLawyers Magazine 2017 & 2018
  • Selected in Rising Stars edition of Super Lawyers Magazine-2008 and 2009
  • Selected in Leading Lawyers Magazine since 2013
  • Recipient of the Courage and Heart Award from Michigan Campaign for Quality Care-September 2009
  • Recipient of the Boss of the Year NAILS of Jackson County (legal support professionals)- October 2008
  • Author, When Elder Law Meets DINK Planning – Advising Dual-Income No Kids Couples, Trusts & Estates– July 2014
  • Author, Plan to be 100, Trusts & Estates– July 2013
  • Author of the Special Needs Chapter for ICLE’s (Institute of Continuing Legal Education) Advising the Older Client or Client with a Disability, Fourth Edition.
  • Co-author/editor of the Government Entitlement chapter in the Michigan Guardianship and Conservatorship Handbook Revised Edition-2007
  • Author of Be a Hero to Your Client-Seven Simple Questions about VA Aid and Attendance Pensions published in the Summer 2007
  • Member, Planning Committee for ASK 2008
  • Past Member of the Advisory board of Catholic Charities Senior Advisory Council
  • Past Board Member of Highfields, Inc.
  • Past Chair of the Elder Law and Disability Rights Section of the Michigan State Bar
  • Past President of the Jackson County Bar Association
  • Past Member of the executive committee of the Jackson Area Estate Planning Council
  • Past Board Member of the Ella Sharp Museum-2007-2011
  • Past Board Member of the Huntington Society of Michigan 2007-2011
  • Past Co-chair of the Jackson TRIAD
  • Received a Certificate of Completion in the areas of probate and estate planning issued by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan

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