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Travis I. Dafoe

Travis I. Dafoe

Building Relationships, Not Just Estate Plans
  • Estate Planning, Elder Law, Real Estate Law ...
  • Michigan
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Judy S. January 27, 2021
Peace of mind in uncertain times. Mr. Dafoe was very professional, he answered all of my questions and advised me on other important topics. He explained everything went through my documents page by page to ensure that I understood everything. He is prompt and explains in understandable terms. Great lawyer.
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I enjoy the interaction with people where I can explain something that may seem complex in a way that helps them understand. As a former teacher, I do enjoy those ah-ha moments where things click. I enjoy talking with clients and getting to know them and their situation, so that I can find the best possible solutions for their needs. I believe that effective estate planning is a critical component of my client’s life planning.

I believe that family fights over inheritance are unnecessary and wasteful. Families achieve better outcomes through planning rather than fighting. While it is impossible to prevent people from fighting, I discuss with my clients issues that may exist and try to implement solutions now to problems that may later turn into litigation.

As an estate planning attorney, I strive to help you plan for the unknown catastrophes, the known eventualities, and everything in between. By planning, you can gain peace of mind that your loved ones are taken care of in the best way if something should happen to you. As part of the process, I listen to my clients to understand their goals and needs. Using this information, we create solutions to their unique problems. I use many different estate planning tools, like trusts, wills, and powers of attorney, to create client-centered solutions.

I communicate clearly and without legalese, so clients are empowered to make the best decisions for their situations. Together, we can work to make sure that we not only create a plan that incorporates the client's goals but that we implement the plan, so when your estate plan is executed it is successful.

To stay up-to-date with the latest developments, I am a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and WealthCounsel, a national community of estate planning professionals committed to the highest standards. It is a collaborative organization that has seminars and webinars to provide me with the latest tools and ideas.

Practice Areas
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Elder Law
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
    Employment Law
    Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
Video Conferencing
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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6th Circuit
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United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
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United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
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  • English
Professional Experience
Dafoe Law, PLLC
- Current
Gafkay & Dafoe, PLC
Adjunct Political Science Professor
Delta College
Mahlberg, Brandt, Gilbert, Thompson & Wimsatt
Law Clerk
Mahlberg, Brandt, Gilbert & Thompson
Extern, Legal Clerk
Gilbert, Smith & Borrello, P.C.
Summer Associate
Ryan, Jaimeson, Morris, Ryan and Smith
River Valley School District
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
J.D. (2009) | Law
Honors: cum laude
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Western Michigan University
B.A. (2002) | History & Education
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Peer Reviewed
Client Champion - PLATINUM
Excellent Rating
Best Probate Lawyers in Flint
Client Choice Award
2015, 2016
Top Attorney Award for Estate Planning & Elder Law
Client Champion - GOLD
Distinguished Lawyer
Professional Associations
Frankenmuth Historical Association
Activities: President 2020; Board Member 2016-2018
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Life Care Planning Law Firm Association
- Current
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Wealth Counsel Association
- Current
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National Acedemy of Elder Law Attorneys
- Current
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State of Michigan Bar
- Current
Activities: Estate Planning Section
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Frankenmuth School District School Board
School Board Member
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Frankenmuth Rotary
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Saginaw County Bar Association;
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Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network
Steering Committee Member
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Articles & Publications
Why Do You Need an Estate Plan Now?
Dafoe Law Blog
Do-It-Yourself Estate Plan Documents: Think Twice
Dafoe Law Blog
Speaking Engagements
Grantor Trusts and other Trust Structures, Trusts From A to Z
Lifecare Planning Basics, Cass River Chapter Monthly Meeting
Income Taxes for Trusts and Grantor Trusts, Trusts From A to Z
Demystifying Estate Planning, Estate Planning
Estate Planning, Estate Planning Seminar
Landlord Tenant Law: Lease, Landlord Tenant Law: Leases, Evictions, Litigation, and Settlements
Ask a Lawyer, Saginaw County Bar Association
Leases, Landlord-Tenant Law Surviving a Difficult Economy
Family Medical Leave Act, Utility Workers Union Conference
Elder Law Certification
Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education
Websites & Blogs
Travis Dafoe's Website Profile
Dafoe Law, PLLC Website
Dafoe Law, PLLC Blog
Contact & Map
Dafoe Law, PLLC
160 S. Main St, Ste 4
Frankenmuth, MI 48734
Telephone: (989) 321-2330
Fax: (989) 455-2386
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