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Feb 2010
February 02, 2010

Two Warner Norcross Attorneys Publish Probate and Estate Guide

Two trusts and estates attorneys with Warner Norcross & Judd LLP are coauthors of the new Estates and Protected Individuals Code with Reporters' Commentary.

John H. Martin and Mark K. Harder provided extensive commentary on EPIC and the new Michigan Trust Code, respectively, for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education guide. The nearly 600-page volume provides a legislative history of the new bill, which goes into effect April 1, as well as further explanation of its meaning and how it should be interpreted by practitioners and the courts.

Both Martin, who is of counsel with the firm, and Harder, who is a partner, concentrate their practices in trusts and estates law. From 1988-2000, Martin served as reporter for the EPIC drafting committee for the Council of the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He published the first edition of the commentary in 2000 and has published annual supplements since that time.

Harder chaired the State Bar of Michigan committee that spent more than five years writing the Michigan Trust Code, legislation that governs how trusts are established and administered in the state. The Michigan Trust Code, which goes into effect April 1, 2010, both modernizes and provides uniformity for the law of trusts, filling in important gaps in the previous legislation.

Martin practices in the firm's Muskegon office while Harder practices in the firm's Holland office.

The Reporters' Commentary is all new for 2010, with the chapters on EPIC updated as modified by the new Michigan Trust Code. Harder’s commentary on the new code, which was nearly seven years in the making, is all new for this edition.

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About Warner Norcross & Judd

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and one of the top 200 in the nation. With nearly 220 attorneys in Holland, Grand Rapids, Southfield, Sterling Heights, Lansing and Muskegon, Warner Norcross is a full-service provider of legal services. Nearly half of our partners are listed in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Warner Norcross has been recognized for business excellence and workplace flexibility with an Alfred P. Sloan Award, as a national leader in client service among law firms by BTI Consulting, as one of the nation’s leading employment law firms by Workforce Management, as one of the 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For in both West Michigan and Metro Detroit and as one of the Best Michigan Businesses by Corp! Magazine. The Firm represents local, statewide, regional, national and international clients in all areas of business and civil law.

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