Jane A. Bassett has been practicing for over 20 years and is the principal of Bassett Law in Ann Arbor. Her practice focuses on probate, elder and disability law, LGBT law, and adoptions, including estate planning, special needs trusts, Social Security benefits, Medicaid, probate administration, vulnerable adult abuse and exploitation, and adoption. Ms. Bassett sits on council for the Elder Law and Disability Rights Section of the Michigan State Bar Association and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Bassett Law is a firm of five attorneys, a full-time care manager, two masters level social workers and a full staff of paralegals with training in Medicaid, Veterans’ benefits and fiduciary services. The office provides unique wrap-around legal and fiduciary services to support individuals living with disabilities and their families.
- Elder Law
- Estate Planning
- Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Law
- LGBT Law
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- 6th Circuit
- University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
- J.D. (1994) | Law
- Honors: Cum Laude
- Eastern Michigan University
- M.A. (1988) | Music Theory & Literature
- Albion College
- B.A. (1982) | Music, Vocal Performance
- Honors: Cum Laude
- Grand Rapids Junior College
- A.A. (1980) | Music
- State Bar of Michigan  # P44945
- National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
- - Current
- Q. My daughter was born in Florida and we reside in Michigan. Her father lives in Fla. Where would court be held?
- A: If your child lives in Michigan with you, then in general Michigan would have jurisdiction to hear a step-parent adoption. The more complex question is whether or not her biological father has rights allow him to prohibit the step-parent adoption. If a court has found him to be the father through a paternity action, then his rights would have to be terminated or he would have to consent. Terminating a parent's rights is difficult to do, but not impossible. It would depend on the circumstances surrounding the amount of contact and support between the parent and child. If there is no finding of paternity, then the process is significantly easier. Please remember that this is general information and not specific legal advice. You should consult with a qualified attorney to make sure that all of the facts and circumstances of your situation are factored in before taking any action.