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Estate Planning Attorney

Chris focuses his practice on estate planning, trust administration, nonprofit organizations, taxation and business planning. He counsels clients on wealth management matters including estate and inheritance tax issues and probate administration. As part of his tax practice, he counsels clients on fiduciary, international and partnership tax matters.

For more information, please contact Chris Ballard at 734/372-2912 or


Honors & Recognitions

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), fellow

Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year, Trusts and Estates, Ann Arbor, 2019

Best Lawyers in America® since 2007

Community Legal Resources, Attorney of the Year Award, 2007 and 2008

DBusiness© Top Lawyers since 2011

Leading Lawyers, Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law

Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Michigan Super Lawyers® since 2014

Michigan Super Lawyers®, Top 50 Consumer Super Lawyers, 2017, 2018

Professional Affiliations

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, fellow, 2014 - present

State Bar of Michigan: Probate Council, secretary; Council member; Probate and Estate Planning Section, chair

Washtenaw County Bar Association

Washtenaw Estate Planning Council

Community Involvement

Civil Air Patrol, legal officer

FIRST Michigan, Board of Directors

News & Publications


  • Nonprofit Advisory, March 31, 2020
  • Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice
    Independent Sector and the Council on Foundations, 2007


University of Michigan Law School
Ann Arbor, Michigan
J.D., 1992

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
B.A., with honors and distinction, 1989

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
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