Sally provides full service probate and estate planning work, helping individuals and families navigate the legal issues of death and incapacity. Beginning with estate planning for all ages, traditional and blended families, working through the estate and trust administration process, guardian and conservator proceedings, contested matters (litigation) and all the way through the appellate process, Sally can work with you in resolving your issues. She is also a court approved mediator with enhanced experience in probate matters. In addition to her probate and estate planning work, Sally is a Certified Professional Coach, and provides Executive Coaching Services on a one-on-one basis, as well as in a corporate setting.
Sally has served as president of the Greater Lansing Estate Planning and Probate Council, past board member of the Women Lawyer’s Association, adjunct professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Baker College, and was named as one of Lawyer’s Weekly’s Up and Coming Lawyers.
Currently she serves as the Treasurer of the Resolution Services Center of Central Michigan, a past board member of St. Luke Lutheran Church, a past board member of the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation, a member of the Eaton County Bar Association and Co-Chair of the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the Ingham County Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan’s Appellate Section, Agricultural Law Section, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, and Probate and Estate Planning Section, and the American Agricultural Law Association where she was a returning speaker at the 2016 Annual Symposium. In November, 2017, she was one of 9 Lansing area women selected to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Power in Purple Campaign where she pledged to wear purple every day of the month and to raise at least $2500 in donations. She earned a certificate from the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Probate and Estate Planning and frequently speaks and publishes on estate and probate topics. Sally was recently interviewed for the Michigan Lawyers Weekly in the article, “Staying out of Trouble.”
Her recent speaking engagements include:
- Testified as an Expert Witness in a Jury Trial Regarding Breach of Fiduciary Duty of a Trustee, November, 2017;
- Presented: NBI Seminar Advanced Family Law, speaking on Death and Divorce-Estate Planning Considerations, on January 12, 2017 in Southfield, MI;
- Presenting: ICBA Probate and Estate Planning Section, speaking on Probate Litigation, February 21, 2017, at Cooley Law Center in Lansing, MI;
- Presenting: Resolution Services Center, Co-Trainer for Probate Litigation Mediation, on March 13, 2017, in Lansing, MI;
- Presenting: Trust Basics and Planned Giving to the planned giving department at Albion College on April 24, 2019;