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Thomas V. Trainer
Thomas V. Trainer
Martindale-Hubbell: AV Rated

Direct Dial Number: 248.740.5673
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Practice Areas:
Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate, Healthcare Law

Tom Trainer is a director, officer and shareholder of the firm, practicing in the areas of elder law, probate and estate planning, and health law. He focuses on elder and special needs planning for senior citizens and special needs clients and their families. Mr. Trainer formed and leads the Elder Law Practice Group at Kemp Klein.

Mr. Trainer received the prestigious Joe D. Sutton Call to Justice award for 2012. He served on the Michigan Supreme Court Task Force of Guardianship Reform, and on both the Michigan and the National Advisory Panels on Alzheimer’s Diseases and Related Conditions. He is a former chairperson of the Legal Hotline for Older Michiganians and was a member of the Michigan Supreme Court Task Force on Guardianships and Conservatorships.

He is an author and frequent lecturer in the field of elder and special needs planning, and formerly held a teaching position in the legal assistant program at Oakland University. He serves the community as an officer and director of the Rosemary and Larry Berger Education Foundation, a private foundation providing scholarships for Detroit high school students. He is also chairman of the Wayne State University – Institute of Gerontology Executive Committee, and serves on its Leadership Council for Endowments and Scholarships and on its Cognitive Neuro Sciences subcommittee. He is the Chairperson of SPEC Associates, a 501(c)3 research and evaluation organization located in downtown Detroit, which provides research services assisting foundations, non-profit organizations and government agencies become more effective at helping people.

Mr. Trainer maintains an “AV” peer review rating with Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest peer review rating for attorneys. He has been selected for inclusion in the Michigan Super Lawyers magazine featuring the top 5% of attorneys in Michigan every year since 2008. He was additionally selected by a vote of his peers to be included in DBusiness magazine’s list of 2013 Top Lawyers in the practice area of Trusts and Estate.

J.D., University of Detroit School of Law, 1979
B.S., William James College, at Grand Valley State University, 1975

Bar Admissions:
State Bar of Michigan, 1979

State Bar of Michigan
   Member and former Chairperson, Elder Law and Disability Rights Section;
   Committee Member and former Chairperson, Senior Justice Committee (1995);
   Member, Probate and Estate Planning Section;
   Committee Member, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee (1993 to 2003)

Advising the Older or Disabled Client;Chapter Author on Special Needs Trusts
   (ICLE 3d ed 2004 & ongoing Supplements)
Michigan Guardianship and Conservatorship Handbook;
   Co-Editor and Chapter Author (ICLE rev ed 2000 & ongoing Supplements)
The Rights of Older Persons;
   Contributing Author, Chapter 10 – Guardianship, Conservatorship and
   Civil Commitment 1989 (2nd Edition, Southern Illinois University Press)
Michigan Guide to Law and Aging;
   Author, 1988 (Walter P. Reuther Senior Centers, Inc.)

Gift before Cliff?;
   Commentator ALERT, December 2012
Medicaid and the death of a good estate plan;
   Commentator, Spring 2012
Think twice before spending retirement savings;
   Commentator, Winter 2010
Parents of young adults need powers of attorney;
   Commentator, Summer 2010
Families should brace for government cuts;
   Commentator, Spring 2009
Medicare prescription drug coverage;
   Commentator, Summer 2006
Legal resources available for elderly and disabled;
   Commentator, Summer 2005
Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias: Legal Issues in Care and Treatment;
   U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
An Update on Medical Decision Making at the End of Life;
   in the Michigan Bar Journal

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