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Thomas V. Trainer

Of Counsel
Phone: 248 740 5673
Practice Areas - Elder Law, Estate and Business Planning, Estate Planning, Pooled Trust Accounts, Probate Law and Trust Administration

Tom Trainer now serves “Of Counsel” to Kemp Klein, after many years serving as a director, officer and shareholder of the firm. He continues his representation of existing clients, co-counsels with both Kemp Klein and other attorneys on matters involving the legal representation of those with disabilities and special needs, and provides oversight in the operation of Special Needs Trusts. While no longer personally accepting new clients, he connects new referrals to the appropriate attorneys at Kemp Klein. He also assists his Kemp Klein colleagues in estate planning, obtaining government benefits, and providing legal direction to those unable to manage their personal or financial affairs because of incapacity. Tom spends considerable time out in the Pacific Northwest.


J.D., University of Detroit School of Law, 1979
B.S., William James College, at Grand Valley State University, 1975

Bar and Court Admissions

State Bar of Michigan, 1979


State Bar of Michigan
Member and former Chairperson, Elder Law and Disability Rights Section;
Committee Member and former Chairperson, Senior Justice Committee (1995);
Member, Probate and Estate Planning Section;
Committee Member, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee (1993 to 2003)


Advising the Older or Disabled Client; Chapter Author on Special Needs Trusts
(ICLE 3d ed 2004 & ongoing Supplements)
Michigan Guardianship and Conservatorship Handbook; Co-Editor and Chapter Author (ICLE rev ed 2000 & ongoing Supplements)
Advising the Older or Disabled Client; Chapter Author on Special Needs Trusts (ICLE 3d ed 2004 & ongoing Supplements)
The Rights of Older Persons; Contributing Author, Chapter 10 – Guardianship, Conservatorship and Civil Commitment 1989
(2nd Edition, Southern Illinois University Press)
Michigan Guide to Law and Aging; Author, 1988 (Walter P. Reuther Senior Centers, Inc.)

What happens to your monthly income if you go into a nursing home; Commentator, Spring 2013
Gift before Cliff?; PDF icon (2) Commentator ALERT, December 2012
Medicaid and the death of a good estate plan; Commentator, Spring 2012
Think twice before spending retirement savings; Commentator, Winter 2010
Parents of young adults need powers of attorney; Commentator, Summer 2010
Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias: Legal Issues in Care and Treatment; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
An Update on Medical Decision Making at the End of Life; in the Michigan Bar Journal