Serving Jackson and Surrounding Communities for Over 100 Years

Estate Planning, Probate and Trusts

Jackson Attorneys Serving Generations of Michigan Families

For over 100 years, our downtown Jackson-based estate planning, probate and trust litigation and administration lawyers have assisted individuals, families and fiduciaries (trustees and personal representatives) all over southern Michigan. Many times, we have helped multiple generations of families, and we are proud that families continue to rely on our experience and advice when they are making important life decisions.

The law firm of Curtis, Curtis & Brelinski, P.C. was founded back in 1901 by former Jackson County Probate Court Judge George H. Curtis. Since then, we have focused our legal practice on helping clients navigate the confusing and ever-changing laws regarding wills, trusts, financial and medical powers of attorney, living wills and probate and trust administration and litigation.

Our experienced attorneys and paralegals have over a combined 100 years of experience and would be happy to assist you and your family members. For more information regarding a specific topic, please browse our website for additional details about our legal services and how we can help you achieve your goals. Of course, you can always reach us by calling (517) 787-9481, emailing, or completing our online contact form.

To read our online Estate Planning Guide, click here.

Estate Planning

Estate Planning is an area of law that seeks to help individuals and families prepare for their personal, medical, family, and financial affairs in the event of death, serious illness, or disability. When most people think of estate planning, they th… Read More

Power of Attorney

Along with a will, everyone, at a minimum, should have the following two important estate planning documents. Michigan Durable Power of Attorney — Financial A Financial Power of Attorney is a written document authorized by Michigan law that allows… Read More

Special Needs Trusts & Planning

A Special Needs Trust (also commonly known as a Supplemental Needs Trust) is a Trust that is designed specifically to benefit someone with a disability. A Special Needs Trust allows a person under a physical or mental disability — or an individual… Read More


A Trust can be somewhat simple or highly complex. There are many different types of trusts for many different reasons. At its most basic level, a Trust is a written document that controls the disposition of your assets during your life, as well as af… Read More


A Will is a written document that is properly executed and witnessed that allows you to do the following (in addition to other options): Determine who will receive your assets after your death, once your debts and expenses are paid; Appoint a persona… Read More

Reviewing / Updating Your Current Estate Plan

Do you have a Will or Trust? Has it been a few years (or longer) since your estate plan was created? Have you thought about making changes? Have you experienced a major life event that may impact your current plan? The will and trust attorneys at Cur… Read More

Planning for Minor Children

Becoming a parent is a special and exciting time in one’s life. The big day comes and your baby has turned your life upside down, in a good way of course. The sleepless nights have started and you are concentrating on making sure you do everyth… Read More

Cottage Law

Cottages, lake homes and vacation properties are very special to families. Many times, generations of memories are created at the family cottage. In addition to these sentimental values, often times these properties are quite valuable from a monetary… Read More

Probate & Trust Administration

Probate and trust administration is a general area of law the describes law dealing with the distribution of an individual’s assets and the settlement of their liabilities after death. When a person dies, a new legal entity, the Estate, is crea… Read More

Probate & Trust Litigation

The illness, aging, disability or death of a loved one is a difficult time for family members, but it is unfortunately also a time when vulnerable adults may be taken advantage of by a person they trust. It happens much more often than you may think.… Read More

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