24 June 2016

Miller Johnson Receives Highest Ranking in Inaugural Chambers High Net Worth Guide

The inaugural Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) Guide was just released and Miller Johnson’s estate planning group received a Band 1 ranking (1 being highest of 1-5 bands). Key individual attorneys were also recognized: Robert Brower at Band 1 and Christopher Edgar and Lauretta Murphy both at Band 2.

Chambers 2016 HNW Guide covers private wealth management in 25 key jurisdictions around the world. It features in-depth editorial about the leading lawyers and law firms for wealthy individuals and families.

Laurie Murphy chairs the estate planning practice group and commented, “We’re honoured to be included in the HNW Guide for the work we do on behalf of our private clients. Our group works with individuals as well as multi-generational families to preserve their assets, protect their legacies and promote their philanthropic values. We value their trust and respect.”

The Chambers 2016 HNW Guide published this: This full-service firm’s trusts and estates team assists wealthy clients with the full range of wealth transfer matters out of Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. The team is also adept at handling matters concerning the transfer of family businesses and is regularly sought out by those in need of representation before the Michigan probate courts.

Here are some comments about the practice group:

  • “They all work together very well. They all know about planned giving and the complexities of estate planning.”
  • “I refer all my friends to Miller Johnson, they’re the place to go.”
  • “I think they do a great job. I think they are receptive to client needs. They’re cutting-edge. They’re aware of the newest developments.”

In addition, these Miller Johnson lawyers are featured:

The “professional, friendly and innovative” Robert Brower “is one of the best litigators around. He is very, very good,” observes a market commentator. His practice encompasses estate and trust planning and administration, in addition to contentious matters. “He’s a great attorney and I know he won’t take an unreasonable position. I know the result will be the right one,” confides a peer. Sources describe him as “accessible” and “responsive,” while one interviewee says: “Robert Brower is an attorney I have seen a lot of. He is a great lawyer.”

Christopher Edgar’s practice comprises estate planning matters, including those relating to inter-generational business transfers. He also tackles trust administration and probate work for wealthy clients. Edgar is recognised by observers for his expertise in matters relating to non-profit entities, and is further lauded by interviewees for his client service. A market commentator says: “Christopher Edgar is a very good lawyer – a very good, solid lawyer,” while another source describes him as a “very good attorney” and “a very nice guy.”

Lauretta Murphy leads the trust, estate and elder law practice at the firm. “She is exceptional. She is extremely highly regarded in the State of Michigan and is probably one of the finest estate planning attorneys I have worked with,” a source enthuses. Her practice covers all areas of trust and estate planning, while she is also a noted expert on elder law and disability planning issues. “She’s very knowledgeable and manages some really complex issues with a high degree of professionalism and care,” says an interviewee, adding: “Lauretta has expertise in elder law which I don’t think other people could compete with.”

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