Kemp Klein attorneys named Michigan Super Lawyers

We’re proud to announce ten of the firm’s lawyers were recognized as 2022 Michigan Super Lawyers:
Leslie C. Banas – Business / Corporate Law
Joseph P. Buttiglieri – Estate & Trust Litigation
Ralph A. Castelli, Jr. – Business / Corporate Law
Mark R. Filipp – Employment Litigation: Defense
Brian R. Jenney – Estate & Probate Law
Alan A. May – Estate & Probate Law
Brian H. Rolfe – Business Litigation
Amy A. Stawski – Family Law
Thomas V. Trainer – Elder Law
Austin W. Probst was named a 2022 Super Lawyers Rising Star – Estate & Probate Law
Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.




Austin W.Probst

Austin W.Probst Named Michigan Rising Star

We are proud to announce Austin Probst has been named a 2022 Michigan Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and personal achievement. Super Lawyers selects the very best attorneys in the state who are under 40 and in the first 10 years of practice for their Rising Stars list. Only 2.5 percent of attorneys in this age group are selected.

Probst assists clients with probate, elder law, Medicaid planning, estate planning and civil litigation. He is skilled in probate and trust administration and advises clients on important financial and emotional matters with a balance of knowledge, sensitivity, and precision.

Congratulations Austin!


You may contact Mr. Probst at 248.740.5680 or via email.





Every month I summarize the most important probate cases in Michigan. Now I publish my summaries as a service to colleagues and friends. I hope you find these summaries useful and I am always interested in hearing thoughts and opinions on these cases.

Alan May is a shareholder who is sought after for his experience in guardianships, conservatorships, trusts, wills, forensic probate issues and probate.  He has written, published and lectured extensively on these topics.

He was selected for inclusion in the 2007 and 2008 issues of Michigan Super Lawyers magazine featuring the top 5% of attorneys in Michigan and has been called by courts as an expert witness on issues of fees and by both plaintiffs and defendants as an expert witness in the area of probate and trust law.  He is listed by Martindale-Hubbell in the area of Probate Law among its Preeminent Lawyers.



By Geri Hames

Alan A. May book, "The Journey" Accepted at the Detroit Jewish Book Fair

Kemp Klein attorney, Alan A. May’s book The Journey was recently selected for an event featuring Michigan authors. The Detroit Jewish Book Fair will be held on November 1-13, 2022. Details are in the pdf below. Congratulations Mr. May!

For further information regarding the book fair, please contact Mr. May at 248.740.5670 or via email.


By Neal Nusholtz

The Disregarded Interest Rule Under Internal Revenue Service Code 2652 (c). The Catch-22 of Estate Planning for Large Estates

Published in Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Winter 2022



Kemp Klein Golf Outing to Benefit Forgotten Harvest

The Kemp Klein Foundation will host its inaugural charity golf outing on Monday, September 19, 2022 at the Links in Novi to benefit Forgotten Harvest. Forgotten Harvest delivers 144,000 pounds of surplus food per day to local charities, providing families in need with fresh and nutritious food free of charge. To register for the outing or to become a sponsor, please contact Robert Zawideh .

Full details are available here.



Brian R. Jenney presents at Institute for Continuing Legal Education: Elder Law Institute in Plymouth, MI on September 15, 2022

Mr. Jenney will discuss the differences between Developmentally Disabled Guardianships and Legally Incapacitated Individual Guardianships, alternatives to Developmentally Disabled Guardianships, Procedural Requirements, and the Interplay of Guardianship and Supportive Decision-Making.


You may contact Mr. Jenney at 248.740.5688 or via email.



Kemp Klein Welcomes Attorney Neal Nusholtz

Mr. Nusholtz specializes in all areas of Taxation, including Income Tax, Estate and Gift Taxation, Estate Planning, Business Transactions and Planning, Probate, Trust Administration, Audits, IRS Administrative Appeals, and Tax Litigation in Federal District Courts, the Michigan Tax Tribunal, the U.S. Tax Court, and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. He serves on several committees of the State Bar of Michigan, is a frequent lecturer for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and he was selected by Corp Magazine as one of the Top Ten Business Attorneys in Southeastern Michigan. 


You may contact Mr. Nusholtz at 248.740.5677 or via email.



Kemp Klein Welcomes Attorney William E. Haines II

Mr. Haines specializes in Estate and Trust Administration, Medicaid Asset Protection Planning, and Probate Litigation. He is currently a member of the Probate and Estate Planning and Elder Law and Disability Rights sections of the State Bar of Michigan. William treats each legal question with compassion and focus as he determines the most efficient and direct solution.  




You may contact  Mr. Haines at 248.740.5692 or via email.



Three Reasons to Resolve Conflict Outside of Court

The high cost of litigation and number of cases flooding the courts have many judges and attorneys using alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to significantly cut costs and improve the efficiency of the court system. Clients whose cases qualify for this process often find it simpler and easier than facing off in the courtroom.
What are the benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution?
Alternative dispute resolution is an appealing option because it can be applied to virtually any type of civil case. In general, ADR involves a mediator, arbitrator, or panel of attorneys depending on the type of ADR chosen, who assists the parties in developing their own outcome to their unique disputes. Once in the courtroom, parties surrender that control over the outcome to the judge or jury to ultimately decide the case.
Reasons to settle disputes outside of court
Aside from the obvious reduction in cost, there are three main reasons ADR is more appealing than the formal litigation process. First, all types of ADR give the parties greater control over the procedure and outcome of their dispute than they would have in a courtroom. Next, in any type of ADR, parties have the freedom to add issues to their dispute when they arise as opposed to the courtroom where parties are tied to the issues stated in their pleadings. Last, ADR provides the parties with privacy that they would not have if their case were to be heard in court. The courtroom is generally open to the public, meaning anyone can walk into the courtroom and hear every detail of your case. Additionally, any papers that are filed with the court are also open to anyone upon request.
What is the difference between mediation and arbitration?
There are several types of ADR. Two of the most commonly used types are mediation and arbitration. We will discuss the details and benefits of each in future articles with relevant input from Joseph P. Buttiglieri, an attorney with 46 years of experience, 10 of which he has served as a certified mediator. In the meantime, if you are contemplating whether to address a legal issue but don’t want to drag it through the courts, contact us. We can provide information and options to help you move forward.


For further information regarding these matters, please contact Ms. Varlamos at 248.740.5662 or via email.