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Estate Planning & Probate Attorney

Over 25 years of experience, including 12 years former Wayne County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney & Civil Litigator, has an obvious edge on other attorneys, being on all sides of the courtroom. Knappmann Law includes: Estate planning, probate, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, elder law, criminal defense in Wayne County. John has long term strong relationships with judges and lawyers on all sides of the courtroom. He knows how to present you, what the prosecution looks for and knows how to defend you and your rights. He also has extensive experience representing the plaintiff legal side as well. He also frequents the surrounding county courts since established Knappmann Law. Located in downtown Trenton, Michigan. (See other locations under 'Contact' page.)

John Knappmann enrolls in continuing legal education (an option for all attorneys - Not mandatory) and keeps his clients updated with the ever changing state and federal laws that may apply to your case and your legal rights.



22374 Garrison Street
Dearborn, MI  48124

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​Executive Office Suites of Trenton 

2836 W. Jefferson Ave., STE #106
Trenton, MI  48183

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​​The very complex and ever changing Michigan state laws and federal laws pertaining to estate planning, medicaid planning, VA benefits, crisis planning, probate, and general elder law can become complicated. Prompting smart participants to stay updated to protect health, family, assets, bank accounts and their future in advance, before deadlines. Take full advantage of laws, programs, rules and regulations that may apply to your favor. Do you notice that many laws created are usually not to your benefit over the decades? It is imperative to consult an expert for your options while they are still available to you.


Here are just some recent benchmark changes:

1) Probate inventory fee. The “inventory fee” that each estate is required to pay to the probate court will be less for almost everyone (at least until 2018). That’s because the value of real estate that is used to compute the inventory fee is now based on the equity value of the real estate rather than the market value (MCL 600.871(2)) 

​2) Health insurance usually only pays if you can possibly recover from a health issue. If not, Medicare generally only covers 100 days, after that you are on your own. Our Estate Planning and Elder Law Division can give you asset protection options that fit your needs, long term care insurance strategies and much more!

3) Did you know that the Veterans Administration created a new 3 year "look back period" in year 2017? (Previously there was no look back period at all.) This could prevent thousands of veterans from qualifying unless they know what to do in advance.

4) Crisis planning. Most of our clients that have 200K-500K net worth partake in these popular programs and wisely secure their assets in case of an unforeseen crisis.

5) Find out why a Ladybird Deed (originally known as an Enhanced Life Estate) is popular to keep control of their property yet protect their real property asset. What you should know about this unique strategy before proceeding.

6) 529 Plan creditor protection planning opportunity for client families planning for their children’s college education. Effective January 2, 2013, 529 plans are protected from creditors whether owned by the parent or child (MCL 600.6023(1)(l)(iii))

7) Qualified Dispositions in Trusts Act (DAPT), Michigan's new asset protection trusts (new 2017), can also be used in place of a prenuptial agreement without both party signatures.

​Estate planning changes and updates for 2017. We normally advise to always get your estate plan reviewed and up-to-date periodically. What you have will change, and what you want to have happen will change, overall people life changes through time. Your plan needs to keep up with those changes or it is likely to fail when you need it the most. Most of all, the laws, programs, and requirements can change and it is your responsibility to find out what these changes are that affect you.

"Stop  the stress and call us and get your free phone consultation and begin to eliminate your legal problem with one phone call." ​- Estate Planning Video


Burton Executive Park

17286 Farmington Rd.
Livonia, MI 48152

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