Brian Jenney helps families and individuals with elder law and special needs issues as well as estate planning and administration. For those planning ahead, Mr. Jenney prepares wills, trusts and powers of attorney to ensure proper future handling of medical decisions, finances and the distribution of assets. For family members with more immediate elder care issues, Mr. Jenney can assist with guardianships and conservatorships of ailing family members. In addition, Mr. Jenney helps families work through the administration of wills and trusts and the related tax issues after the loss of a loved one.
Brian has been recognized as one of the State of Michigan’s outstanding young lawyers in the area of Estate Planning & Probate Law in 2008-2010 and 2012-2013 with a “Rising Star” designation by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine. He was also selected for inclusion in the 2011 and 2020 issues of Michigan Super Lawyers magazine featuring the top 5% of attorneys in Michigan in the practice area of Elder Law. Brian has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in the fields of Trusts and Estates and Elder Law (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of SC). He has been included in the Best Lawyers listing since 2010. Additionally, he has been designated a “Leading Lawyer” in Elder Law and Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law for the years 2017 to the present (a distinction granted to the top 1% of attorneys in Michigan).
He was awarded a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University and received a Juris Doctor from the Wayne State University Law School. He also holds a Certificate of Completion in the areas of probate and estate planning issued by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) and the Probate & Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan.
Brian is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Oakland County Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and member/co-founder of the Brother Rice Warrior Bar Association. Brian is married to a physician and is the proud father of two sets of twins.
LL.M. (Tax Law), Western Michigan University, Cooley Law School, 2015
J.D., Wayne State University Law School, 1999
Summer Program, Tulane University Law School, Rhodes, Greece (Maritime Torts and Unification of Maritime Law)
B.S., Michigan State University, 1995
State Bar of Michigan, 2000
State Bar of Michigan (Member, Elder Law & Disability Rights Section, Probate & Estate Planning Section)
Oakland County Bar Association
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Brother Rice Warrior Bar Association (member & co-founder)
Quoted in “Heirs Inherit Uncertainty With New Estate Tax” by Brian J. O’Connor, New York Times, February 23, 2018
Quoted in “Once Again, the Estate Tax May Die” by Brian J. O’Connor, New York Times, February 18, 2017
Do Not Go into an Emergency Without Protection, co-author, Commentator, Spring 2020
Trust Funding and Beneficiary Designations, Commentator, Spring 2018
Special Needs Trust Update; Commentator, Spring 2017
New Estate Tax Filing Requirements – Form 8971; Commentator, Spring 2016
Social Security Changes; Commentator, Winter 2016
Portability – Why you may want to file a 706; Commentator, Fall 2015
Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE); Commentator, Spring 2015
Ponzi scheme loss deductions; Commentator, Summer 2014
Potential Tax Reform 2014; Commentator, Spring 2014
Over age 18, you need powers of attorney; Commentator, Fall 2013
What happens to your monthly income if you go into a nursing home; Commentator, Spring 2013
Gift before Cliff?; Commentator ALERT, December 2012
Medicaid attempts to recoup nursing home care costs; Commentator, Fall 2011
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