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Ballard to Chair SBM Probate and Estate Planning Section

October 9, 2019

Varnum attorney Christopher Ballard was elected chair of the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan. The section is one of the largest substantive law sections of the Bar, serving approximately 3,200 members.

Ballard has been active in the section for many years, including serving as the organizer/director of the section’s largest event, the ICLE Probate Institute, which typically draws more than 500 attendees. For the past year, Ballard has served the section as chair-elect.

Ballard focuses his practice on estate planning, trust administration, nonprofit organizations, taxation and business planning. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and has an AV® Preeminent™ rating – the highest possible – from Martindale Hubbell. He is regularly recognized by Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers® for Non-Profit/Charities Law as well as Trusts and Estates.

Ballard serves as a legal officer for the Civil Air Patrol and on the Board of Directors for FIRST Michigan, which aims to support Michigan school students’ connection to STEM careers.

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