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State Bar of Michigan

Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association

American Bar Association

Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metro-Detroit

Elder, Presbyterian Church (USA)

Trustee, Grosse Pointe Memorial Church

Board Member, Habitat for Humanity, Grosse Pointe Partners

Board Member and Secretary, DeVlieg Foundation

Secretary, Hartmann Family Foundation

Secretary, Bregi Foundation

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan


Probate and Estate Planning Certificate, Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Institute of Continuing Legal Education

University of Michigan Law School, J.D.

Calvin College, B.A.

Curtis J. DeRoo

Of Counsel

Curtis J. DeRoo has 30 years of experience as a tax attorney and general business advisor. He co-chairs the firm’s Estate and Trust Planning and Estate Administration Department.

Curtis drafts Wills, Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts, Powers of Attorney, and Medical Powers of Attorney, as well as sophisticated estate planning tools such as Prenuptial Agreements, Irrevocable Insurance Trusts, Qualified Personal Residence Trusts (QPRT), Charitable Gifting, Charitable Trusts, Family Limited Partnerships, large Retirement Account (e.g. IRA) planning, and Family Foundations. He also settles estates in and out of probate, by counseling both corporate and non-corporate fiduciaries, and by completing all necessary tax returns, including income tax and estate tax returns.  Curtis is also experienced in contested decedent estates on behalf of estates, family members and creditors.

In his corporate practice, Curtis advises family held businesses and non-profit groups. His work includes formation of partnerships, both profit and non-profit corporations, limited liability companies, tax advice, employment relations, executive compensation, real estate matters, drafting of contracts, mergers and acquisitions, succession planning, and retirement planning for business owners and wealthy individuals.

Curtis also creates and advises ERISA retirement plans, including pension, profit sharing, 401(k) and ESOP’s. A growing segment of his practice concerns advising clients on healthcare issues as relates to the Affordable Care Act.

Curtis is listed in The Best Attorneys in Michigan®, Woodward/White, Inc., and in the Best Lawyers in Michigan.

Representative Matters

Advice and counsel on Obama-Care compliance

Estate planning under the $5M exemption

Representation before the IRS on estate tax issues

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