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Estate Planning Attorney

Rebecca is a member of the Estate Planning Practice Team where she helps clients to identify their estate planning goals and create customized plans to meet their needs. Rebecca's practice includes all aspects of estate planning and administration, including preparing all estate plans from simple to sophisticated, tax planning, charitable gift planning, special needs planning, cottage planning, and trust and estate administration services.

Rebecca is active in the estate planning community serving as a member of the adjunct faculty at Wayne State University Law School where she teaches Trusts & Decedents' Estates, a member of the Probate & Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and as a contributor to the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. Within the firm, she serves on the Diversity Committee. Rebecca has been recognized for her contributions to the legal and wider communities by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Super Lawyers, and the National Law Review.

A significant portion of Rebecca's practice involves crafting Trusts for animal companions (pet trusts), and she frequently speaks and writes on this topic for community groups, law students, and other lawyers. Experienced in the nonprofit sector as vice chairperson of the board of directors of Barn Sanctuary and vice president of the board of directors of Attorneys for Animals, she also assists animal-related charities with qualifying for and maintaining tax-exempt status and was named to Crain's list of Notable Women in Nonprofits in 2018.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Wrock at 734/372-2914 or rkwrock@varnumlaw.com.

Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

DBusiness©, Notable Women in Nonprofits, 2018

Hour Detroit© magazine, Top Attorneys: Outstanding Young Women Lawyers in Michigan, since 2017

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Up & Coming Lawyer, 2018

Michigan Super Lawyers®, Rising Star, Estate Planning and Probate, since 2016

Professional Affiliations

Florida Bar: Animal Law Section; Elder Law Section; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section; Out of State Division

State Bar of Michigan: Animal Law Section, Section Council; Elder Law and Disability Rights Section; Intellectual Property Law Section; Probate and Estate Planning Section

Washtenaw County Bar Association

Women Lawyers Association of Michigan: Oakland Chapter; Washtenaw County Chapter

Community Involvement

Animal Legal Defense Fund

Attorneys for Animals: vice president; Board member

Barn Sanctuary: vice chairperson; Board member

Wayne State University Law School, adjunct professor

News & Publications

Speaking Engagements

Presentations

"How to Leave Your Fortune to Your Pets," The University of Michigan (2020)

"Estate Planning for Millennials," ICLE 59th Annual Probate and Estate Planning Institute (2019)

"Pet Trusts and Pet Planning" (2019 series)

"Planning for Pets," ICLE 58th Annual Probate and Estate Planning Institute (2018)

"Six Feet Over, Six Feet Under: A Panel Discussion on the Rights of the Dying and Mourning" (2017)

"Protect Your Pet's Future" (2017-2019 series)

Publications

Certifications and Accreditations

Certifications and Accreditations

Animal Friendly Attorney™

Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) and State Bar of Michigan, certificate of completion in the areas of probate and estate planning

Education

University of Alabama School of Law
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
LL.M., Taxation, cum laude, 2016

Wayne State University Law School
Detroit, Michigan
J.D., 2014

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
B.S., 2010

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Florida state courts
  • All Michigan state courts

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