Tom Trainer

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Practice Areas: Elder LawEstate PlanningProbate, Healthcare Law, Pooled Trust Accounts

Tom Trainer is a director, officer and shareholder of the firm.  He practices in the areas of elder & disabilities law, probate and estate planning, and health law. He focuses on elder and special needs planning for senior citizens and special needs clients and their families. Mr. Trainer formed and leads the Elder & Disabilities Law Practice Group at Kemp Klein.

He is an author and frequent lecturer in the field of elder and special needs planning, and has taught in the legal assistant program at Oakland University. He serves the community as an officer and director of the Rosemary and Larry Berger Education Foundation, a private foundation providing scholarships for high school students and funding for educational endeavors. He is chairman of the Wayne State University – Institute of Gerontology Executive Committee, and serves on its Leadership Council for Endowments and Scholarships and on its Cognitive Neuro Sciences subcommittee. He is the Chairperson of SPEC Associates, a 501(c)3 research and evaluation organization located in downtown Detroit, which provides research services assisting foundations, non-profit organizations and government agencies become more effective at helping people.

Mr. Trainer maintains an “AV” peer review rating with Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest peer review rating for attorneys. Mr. Trainer has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 in the field of Trusts and Estates (Copyright 2018 by Woodward/White, Inc., of SC). He has been selected for inclusion in the Michigan Super Lawyers magazine featuring the top 5% of attorneys in Michigan every year since 2008.  Mr. Trainer received the Joe D. Sutton Call to Justice Award for 2012 for his leadership in the field of Elder Law.  He is a member of the Elder Law Certificate Advisory Panel for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He has served on the Michigan Supreme Court Task Force of Guardianship Reform, and on both the Michigan and the National Advisory Panels on Alzheimer’s Diseases and Related Conditions. He is a former chairperson of the Legal Hotline for Older Michiganians and was a member of the Michigan Supreme Court Task Force on Guardianships and Conservatorships.

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

Bar 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


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