Marlaine C. Teahan

Portrait of Marlaine C. Teahan
Contact

Lansing Office

Phone: 517.377.0869

Fax: 517.482.0887

mteahan@fraserlawfirm.com

Executive Summary

Marlaine Teahan focuses her practice in the area of trusts and estates, working with individuals and families.  She handles a wide variety of matters including: drafting wills, trusts and durable powers of attorney; trust and estate administration; guardianship and conservatorship matters; and probate litigation. Utilizing a variety of  techniques to accomplish her clients' goals, and working closely with other trusted advisors, Ms. Teahan helps plan for wealth management during times of capacity and incapacity and, at death, to smoothly and efficiently transfer a client's wealth to their chosen family, friends, and designated charities.  Ms. Teahan's knowledge and experience make her an excellent choice for individuals and families looking for an estate planning attorney.

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Education
  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law (J.D., 1985)

  • State University of New York, Stony Brook (B.A., 1981)

Bar and Court Admissions
  • All State Courts in Michigan

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit

Professional Associations
  • State Bar of Michigan

    • Probate and Estate Planning Section
      • Treasurer (2013-2014)
      • Council Member (2006-2013)
      • Committee on Special Projects, Chair (2012-2013)
      • Court Rules, Procedures and Forms Committee, Chair (2008-2013)
      • Liaison, Supreme Court Administrative Office Estates and Trusts Forms Work Group (2008-2014)
      • Michigan Trust Code Michigan Court Rules Subcommittee, Chair (2009-2010)
      • Michigan Trust Code Committee (2005-2010)
    • Taxation Section, Member
  • Ingham County Bar Association, Probate and Trust Section, Co-Chair (2011-Present)

  • Greater Lansing Estate Planning Council

    • Member (2005-Present)
    • Board Member (2007-2010)
    • Secretary (2008-2009)
    • President (2009-2010)
Distinctions and Certifications
  • Achieved an AV© peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell

  • Elected Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Council (ACTEC) (2013-Present)

  • Named "Michigan Super Lawyer" by the publishers of Law & Politics Magazine (2010 - Present), Estate Planning & Probate, Estate and Trust Litigation

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Trusts and Estates 2010-2015

  • Named to 'Top 50 Female Attorneys in Michigan', 'Top 50 Consumer Law Attorneys in Michigan' and 'Top 25 Female Consumer Law Attorneys in Michigan' lists by Super Lawyers in 2014

  • Selected as a '2014 Leading Michigan Lawyer' by Leading Lawyers for Trust, Will & Estate Planning; first named in 2013

  • Completed Probate and Estate Planning Certificate Program, Probate and Estate Planning Section, State Bar of Michigan and The Institute of Continuing Legal Education (2006)

Publications and Presentations
  • Co-Editor, Trust Administration in Michigan, Institute of Continuing Legal Education (2010, 2012, 2013)

  • Article Author, "A Summary of Michigan's New Durable Power of Attorney Law 2012 PA 141 - MCL 700.5501," Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal (2012)

  • Article Author, "MTC: New Court Forms and Rules" (2010), Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal, State Bar of Michigan

  • Chapter Author, "Overview of Estate Planning" and "Getting Started," (2008-2013), and "Tax Considerations" (2008-2010), Michigan Estate Planning Handbook, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education

  • Michigan Supreme Court Judicial Conference, Faculty Member, "Financial Issues in Conservatorships that May Involve or Require Review by the Probate Court" (2010)

  • "Probate Update on SCAO Forms and Michigan Court Rules," Ingham County Bar Association, Probate and Trust Law Section (2010)

  • "Special Needs Trusts," Ingham County Bar Association, Probate and Trust Law Section (2008)

  • "Update on the Michigan Trust Code and Highlights of Relevant SCAO Forms and Michigan Court Rules," Greater Lansing Estate Planning Council (2009)

  • Michigan Supreme Court Judicial Conference, Faculty Member (2010)

  • Lecturer for The Institute of Continuing Legal Education

    • 21st Annual Drafting Estate Planning Documents, "Drafting Durable Powers of Attorney 2012" (January and February 2012)
    • Administration of Trusts under the Michigan Trust Code, "Trustee's Duty to Inform and Report to Beneficiaries" (October, 2010)
    • 50th Annual Probate and Estate Planning Institute, "Michigan Trust Code Rules and Forms" (May and June, 2010)
    • 19th Annual Drafting Estate Planning Documents Seminar, "A Drafting Perspective on the Michigan Trust Code" (January and February, 2010)
    • Fundamentals of Estate Administration Seminar, "Overview of Taxes and Returns" (February, 2009)
  • Upper Michigan Legal Institute, "Probate and Estate Planning Update" (June 2013, June 2014)

Community Activities
  • Boy Scouts of America Troop 645, Grand Ledge, Michigan, Committee Member, Outdoor/Activity Chair (2007-2012), Secretary (2012-Present)

  • Mission Trip, Dominican Republic (Summer 2011)

  • Open Door Ministry, Volunteer (2012)

  • Habitat for Humanity Volunteer (2009)

Outside Activities
  • Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Office

    • Forms Committee, Estates and Trusts Work Group Section (2009-2014)
    • TimeGuidelines Work Group, Probate Section (2009)
  • Panelist, Estates and Protected Individuals Code Q&A Panel (2010-Present)