"A thousand thumbs up!
I was on a mission to find the very best lawyer for revocable living trusts earlier this year (2021) after I discovered some truly glaring omissions in our current trust documents. I was looking not only for a “fixer,” but someone who could put us on the right track, and then stay with us for annual reviews and updates as we age, retire, and relocate.
I found Marlaine Teahan online and decided to call her after reading a list of honors and awards after her name that just went on and on. But I knew these substantial accolades, as wonderful as they are, wouldn’t in and of themselves make Mrs. Teahan the right choice for my husband and me unless I determined I could entrust to her the most personal details (health, income, savings, debt) of our lives. It’s a scary thing to share that kind of information with a stranger! Mrs. Teahan wasn’t a stranger for long. During the initial call, she was friendly, unhurried, and genuinely interested in learning about us. By the time I hung up, I’d found the attorney I wished we’d started with.
We began our journey with Mrs. Teahan in mid-March, and concluded with our new trust documents signed, sealed and delivered on June 9 (today). Mrs. Teahan was unbelievably thorough in walking us through, step-by-step, every aspect of what we needed to achieve our goals. She was prompt in replying to emails, and very patient in helping me understand some of the more difficult features of what we were working together to accomplish. Friendly, dependable, honest, and incredibly knowledgeable about both asset protection and tax minimization – that is how I can best describe Mrs. Teahan’s work with us on restating our revocable living trust. Her fee is very reasonable; in fact, I feel as if I received far more than I paid for (fantastic new trust and even more fantastic peace of mind!). My husband and I are now able to relax and know that our final wishes are succinctly expressed, and that they will be carried out in the most efficient, tax-favored way possible. Yay!
I should add that the icing on the cake of our relationship with Mrs. Teahan is that she is willing and available to meet with us every year to go over our new documents to determine if changes will be necessary in light of law changes or even a move south after retirement. Calling on resources from around the country, she is able to assist us from Michigan regardless of the state in which we choose to reside. She makes everything so easy! I simply cannot say enough about what a positive and successful experience we enjoyed as a result of partnering with Mrs. Teahan to achieve our trust goals." - Tony D. and Mindy Jane Moore
"Ann and I want to thank you for your exemplary concern and care for us on Tuesday in your office. You made us feel as though we were your most important clients, and we couldn't be happier. Our financial advisor hit a grand slam when he gave us your name. Once again, thank you so much for your expertise and professionalism. We will return to you for any of our future needs." - John & Ann G.
"Fraser Trebilcock has been invaluable to my wife and me in these last four years. In that time, all four of our parents passed away and the firm's expertise and foresight helped us to navigate some very difficult and complicated times. Marlaine Teahan is more than just our lawyer, she is a trusted friend." – John D.
"Marlaine is top-notch estate planning lawyer. I have enjoyed working with her, and I have been impressed with her knowledge and judgment." – Private Practice Attorney
“Marlaine, I can’t thank you enough for the excellent representation, guidance and thoughtful counsel you provided in this case. After doing a mental review of the hearing, you were “quick on your feet” during the proceedings and I was especially impressed at your final argument – Brilliant! I felt so much more confident going into a potentially negative situation with your help.” - Jenny T.
"You did an outstanding job presenting to the ICBA Probate and Trust Law Section earlier this month. I was impressed by how much material you were able to cover in such a short time frame, paying attention to detail while moving quickly through your outline – the perfect balance! Thanks for contributing your time and expertise to raise the competence level of our local bar members." – Dennis W. Fliehman, President and CEO of the Capital Region Community Foundation
"I have had the pleasure of serving with Marlaine on the State Bar of Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Section Council and seeing her work through numerous ICLE presentations and responses on various bar issues fora. Marlaine is exemplary and I would not hesitate to refer a client to her." – Private Practice Attorney
"I have known Marlaine Teahan since she began to practice in Michigan, and I have observed her develop into a knowledgeable and highly regarded lawyer. She also gives back to the profession through service to the State Bar Probate and Estate Planning Section and through frequent lectures for our continuing legal education service." – Private Practice Attorney
"Marlaine is an outstanding attorney – she is an officer and will be Chairperson of the Michigan Bar's Probate and Estate Planning Section in three years. She constantly strives to improve Michigan's probate system for the public and lawyers. I give her the highest rating possible." – Private Practice Attorney