“If you’re a probate lawyer in Michigan, you know Jim Spica,” says Attorney Chris Smith. “Since the passage of the Personal Property Trust Perpetuities Act in 2008 and the Michigan Trust Code in 2010, there has hardly been a significant development in Michigan trust law that Jim hasn’t had a hand in writing.”
Mr. Spica is the primary author of Michigan’s new divided trustee laws, Michigan’s rule against perpetuities, and Michigan’s trust decanting laws.
In addition, Mr. Spica is incoming Treasurer of the Probate and Estate Planning Council of the State Bar, a member of the ICLE Probate and Estate Planning Advisory Board, a Com-missioner with the Uniform Law Com-mission, and a former American Bar Advisor to the Uniform Law Commission.
Mr. Spica earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, his first law degree from the University of Detroit, and an LL.M. (in taxation) from New York University.
Mr. Spica will practice out of the CT Southfield office. “The most exciting thing about having Jim join CT is the opportunity to be more creative in those practice areas that our firm has traditionally excelled in,” said Attorney Amy Tripp. “In the arena of special needs planning alone, we are already talking about many new directions we can explore.”