Abigail J. "Abby" Cote
My journey to becoming an attorney is slightly different from others’. I began my career in child development and social work – having worked as a child life assistant at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and in home-based care for a number of years before attending law school. I was also an accredited representative for the United States Department of Justice in immigration law, representing low-income families in humanitarian immigration cases – which only furthered my passion for the law. Those experiences confirmed my fervor for working with children, families and being there for those experiencing traumatic and life-changing circumstances. I enjoy being an anchor for clients and creatively solving their problems, no matter how complex they might be.
Abby Coté’s practice spans several areas of law: family law, trusts and estates, labor and employment, litigation, intellectual property and trademarks, and immigration. Within family law, Abby participates in client meetings, motions, hearings and conducts due diligence useful to discovery – capturing key information to document and correspond with opposing counsel for a variety of custody and settlement matters. Her trusts and estates work encompasses estate settlements and filing forms with state courts. She also provides essential research to employers regarding law changes that impact paid medical leave and other legislation outside of Michigan’s borders. Additionally, she aids the firm’s Immigration Practice Group in procuring recommendations for various visas, and the appeal process for when visa applications are denied.