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Laura E.
Morris

  • Partner

Given the sensitive nature of my work, people often come to me in crisis — emotional and exhausted. It means a great deal to me to be able to help them. I try to put myself in their shoes, to imagine what they are going through and what they’d want me to do if I were them. Of course, I can’t heal long-standing strained family relationships, but I can take a specific dispute and resolve it in a way that brings some welcome relief and allows them to move on with their lives.

As both a trial attorney and mediator, Laura specializes in probate court disputes involving often highly complex trusts, estates, wills, powers of attorney, guardianships and conservatorships — working with both adults and minors. Probate litigation is her entire focus — which she feels gives her an edge over other attorneys who only occasionally dip a toe into the probate-proceedings pool.

“I strive to make my clients feel informed and top of mind.”  

Laura E. Morris

Approved Civil Mediator

  • 2014: 40-hour training approved by State Court Administration Office
  • 2016: 8-hour Advanced Mediator Training (ADR Section of State Bar of Michigan)

Probate Litigation

Laura has successfully represented clients on a broad array of disputes involving the elderly and inheritances, including:

  • Trust disputes
  • Will disputes
  • Power of attorney disputes
  • Life insurance disputes
  • Joint account disputes
  • Sibling disputes
  • Blended family disputes
  • Guardianship disputes
  • Conservatorship disputes
  • Disputes involving trusts and closely held businesses
  • Trust/estate creditor issues
  • Seeking to remove a trustee

Approved Civil Mediator

  • 2014: 40-hour training approved by State Court Administration Office
  • 2016: 8-hour Advanced Mediator Training (ADR Section of State Bar of Michigan)

Probate Litigation

Laura has successfully represented clients on a broad array of disputes involving the elderly and inheritances, including:

  • Trust disputes
  • Will disputes
  • Power of attorney disputes
  • Life insurance disputes
  • Joint account disputes
  • Sibling disputes
  • Blended family disputes
  • Guardianship disputes
  • Conservatorship disputes
  • Disputes involving trusts and closely held businesses
  • Trust/estate creditor issues
  • Seeking to remove a trustee or executor
  • Getting more information from a trustee or executor
  • Defending a trustee or executor
  • Protecting an elderly person from financial abuse
  • Obtaining judgments against a person who took advantage of elderly person
  • Challenges to a will or trust’s validity
  • Challenges to a property transfer’s validity
  • Forgery issues
  • Charitable git disputes
  • Appointment of guardians (adult and children)
  • Appointment of conservator (adult and children)
  • Seeking to remove a guardian or conservator
  • Modifying an existing guardianship or conservatorship
  • Modifying a trust
  • Obtaining court clarification of a trust’s terms
  • Memorializing a family agreement
  • Speaker, “Amendments to Court Rules,” Grand Rapids Bar Association Probate Section (12/11/19)
  • Speaker, “Will and Trust Litigation,” ICLE Handling Contested Probate Proceedings (10/26/17)
  • Speaker, “Not All Mental Capacity is Created Equal: The Various Civil Legal Standards,” Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition (3/21/17)
  • Speaker, “Drafting After In re Jajuga Estate,” ICLE Drafting Estate Planning Documents Seminar (1/19/17)
  • Speaker, “Drafting to Avoid Probate Litigation and Administration Challenges,” ICLE On-Demand Seminar (4/20/16)
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  • Speaker, “Amendments to Court Rules,” Grand Rapids Bar Association Probate Section (12/11/19)
  • Speaker, “Will and Trust Litigation,” ICLE Handling Contested Probate Proceedings (10/26/17)
  • Speaker, “Not All Mental Capacity is Created Equal: The Various Civil Legal Standards,” Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition (3/21/17)
  • Speaker, “Drafting After In re Jajuga Estate,” ICLE Drafting Estate Planning Documents Seminar (1/19/17)
  • Speaker, “Drafting to Avoid Probate Litigation and Administration Challenges,” ICLE On-Demand Seminar (4/20/16)
  • Speaker, “Fiduciary Litigation Update 2015,” ICLE On-Demand Seminar (12/23/15)
  • Co-Presenter at Midwest Trust & Wealth Management Conference, Trust and Estate Case Law Update (10/6/15)
  • Presentation to Allegan County Council on Aging (Building Ties) regarding elder financial abuse (7/30/15)
  • Co-presenter at Grand Rapids Community Foundation on impact of U.S. Supreme Court Obergefell v. Hodges decision on LGBT issues (7/28/15)
  • Fiduciary Representation: Are the Beneficiaries Your Client?,” co-presented with Tina Babel, Strafford Webinar (5/26/15)
  • “Financial Elder Abuse,” Aging Well Conference, May 21, 2015, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Presented 2014 to the West Michigan Estate Planning Council (3/26/15) and Greenleaf Trust (4/1/15)
  • Presented 2013 Trust & Estate Case Law Update to Chemical Bank, Comerica Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Waterway, Wilhelt, Worfel & Bronsink, Legacy Trust, and Huntington National Bank
  • Presented 2012 Trust & Estate Case Law Update to Chemical Bank and Legacy Trust
  • Presented 2011 Trust & Estate Case Law Update to Fifth Third Bank and Waterway, Wilhelt, Worfel & Bronsink
  • Presented 2010 Trust & Estate Case Law Update to Chemical Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Huntington National Bank, Northeastern Michigan Estate Planning Council and Macatawa Bank
  • Presented 2009 Trust & Estate Case Law Update to Chemical Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Founders Bank & Trust and Plante & Moran

testimonials

“Thank you, Laura!  We appreciate your help and are really grateful for your guidance navigating through the legal things.”  – L.H.

“Thank you so much for your time and knowledge in helping us all settle this dispute peacefully.”  – H.S.

“I would like to also thank you for your stellar representation!”  – A. L.

“Thank you Laura for everything; we are so fortunate to have worked with you!!!” – M. Z.

“It has been a long road and truly you did some heavy lifting in this matter.  I am very grateful for your assistance and partnership in seeing this through.”  – J.M.

“Thank you so much Laura for your great work on this. We are so grateful! You are my hero!”  – C.H.

“Thank you for laying down the law on my behalf.  I am forever grateful for your services.” – K.B.

“I appreciate all your guidance and wisdom and work more than I can say.  You gave me a lot of peace of mind in the way you handled things.  You were very kind and communicative, and always professional.”  – A.N.

“I think we have come to our professional end. I am sad in some ways and rejoice in others. You have been a marvelous counselor to us, but (isn’t there always a but?), I am glad that this chapter of life is coming to an end and look forward to the remaining chapter of life. Thank you so very much. However, if I need a lawyer I do know where to go and I do know who to recommend!”  – S.H.

“Thanks again for your wonderful counsel and support. It was worth every penny!”  – H.A.

“[W]e achieved pretty much everything we could have hoped. And we did this largely because of your extraordinary skills. You were also a model counsellor for me throughout this process. Thank you so much!”  – T.L.

“I am extremely impressed by how you get maximum results with simple, incise action.  I will certainly be sharing that in my 5 star review.”  – M.P.

“Laura, I know I have told you before, but you were a life saver. Thanks again for everything you have done for our family.”  – S.L.

“In short, Laura’s efforts changed my life. For years, after my mother passed away, I had been embroiled in an intractable dispute with my brother who was impeding the settlement of her estate and distribution of her trust. Laura’s advice and then legal actions brought my brother to the table and closure to this very difficult chapter of my life.”  – A.R.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Ms. Laura Morris two times this year and she was always a consummate professional, extremely prepared, helpful and totally exceeded my expectations. I really had a great experience with Laura, she was extremely communicative and got back to me right away. She was also very kind and empathetic to my 86-year-old mother who was the client and that made the whole experience that much better. I feel she went above and beyond the call of duty to help us out during a very difficult time for my Mom. I couldn’t be any more impressed with Ms. Morris and I would recommend her to everyone. ” – J.E.

“I appreciated Laura’s willingness to listen to and answer all my questions (even questions and answers I was unaware of). She kept me informed of all progress and exceeded all my expectations. I would definitely recommend her services.”  – M.B.

“Laura’s legal representation exceeded my expectations.  I loved how cut and dry, to the point no frills approach. I feel she was honest and fair with me. The communication was great and timely. I would recommend her to everyone.” – D.K.

“I am writing to recommend Laura Morris, a partner at Warner Norcross + Judd.  Recently the largest gift (exceeding six million dollars) to Ferris State University was challenged by the donor’s siblings . . . and the University needed someone with the requisite experience and skill to represent it in the litigation . . . in what turned out to be a particularly complex probate court dispute.  Having been a partner at a well-known and mid-sized law firm before coming to Ferris and having an opportunity to review the work of many excellent attorneys, Laura is in my opinion one of the very finest that I have worked with and observed. . . I highly recommend Ms. Morris without reservation.”  – Miles J. Postema, V.P. and General Counsel.  Click here to read letter.

“Thank you so much for all your hard work.   I truly appreciate your understanding and professionalism while helping me through this.” – J.R.

“Ms. Morris completely exceeded my expectations in handling my case. She buried the other side in case law and they withdrew their petition the next day. We did not have to go to court. The case was over and I won. This took less than 5 days from the first interview with Ms. Morris till it was over. She did a terrific job for me.” – B.H.

“Laura is very knowledgeable, experienced, and trustworthy. She continues to impress me when she has to correct (and train) other senior attorneys. Her negotiation skills have proven to be second to none, and with a few complicated issues she was able to achieve very good and satisfying results. Laura Morris has become my go to, and very first choice for my legal representation needs.” – T.M.

“I’m 101 years old. My son took all of my money. Laura sent documents to his attorney to get my money back and threatened he could be charged triple for what he took. I may be 101 years, but my brain is still working, and I had proof from my doctor I’m okay. Laura sent the documents to his attorney, got his attention, and I had all my money back in my account by the end of the week thanks to Laura. I am so grateful to Laura and could not have done it without her.”  –  A.W.

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Laura E.
Morris

  • Partner
Grand Rapids

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Given the sensitive nature of my work, people often come to me in crisis — emotional and exhausted. It means a great deal to me to be able to help them. I try to put myself in their shoes, to imagine what they are going through and what they’d want me to do if I were them. Of course, I can’t heal long-standing strained family relationships, but I can take a specific dispute and resolve it in a way that brings some welcome relief and allows them to move on with their lives.

As both a trial attorney and mediator, Laura specializes in probate court disputes involving often highly complex trusts, estates, wills, powers of attorney, guardianships and conservatorships — working with both adults and minors. Probate litigation is her entire focus — which she feels gives her an edge over other attorneys who only occasionally dip a toe into the probate-proceedings pool.

“I strive to make my clients feel informed and top of mind.”  

Laura E. Morris
  • Speaker, “Amendments to Court Rules,” Grand Rapids Bar Association Probate Section (12/11/19)
  • Speaker, “Will and Trust Litigation,” ICLE Handling Contested Probate Proceedings (10/26/17)
  • Speaker, “Not All Mental Capacity is Created Equal: The Various Civil Legal Standards,” Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition (3/21/17)
  • Speaker, “Drafting After In re Jajuga Estate,” ICLE Drafting Estate Planning Documents Seminar (1/19/17)
  • Speaker, “Drafting to Avoid Probate Litigation and Administration Challenges,” ICLE On-Demand Seminar (4/20/16)
  • Speaker, “
  • Speaker, “Amendments to Court Rules,” Grand Rapids Bar Association Probate Section (12/11/19)
  • Speaker, “Will and Trust Litigation,” ICLE Handling Contested Probate Proceedings (10/26/17)
  • Speaker, “Not All Mental Capacity is Created Equal: The Various Civil Legal Standards,” Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition (3/21/17)
  • Speaker, “Drafting After In re Jajuga Estate,” ICLE Drafting Estate Planning Documents Seminar (1/19/17)
  • Speaker, “Drafting to Avoid Probate Litigation and Administration Challenges,” ICLE On-Demand Seminar (4/20/16)
  • Speaker, “Fiduciary Litigation Update 2015,” ICLE On-Demand Seminar (12/23/15)
  • Co-Presenter at Midwest Trust & Wealth Management Conference, Trust and Estate Case Law Update (10/6/15)
  • Presentation to Allegan County Council on Aging (Building Ties) regarding elder financial abuse (7/30/15)
  • Co-presenter at Grand Rapids Community Foundation on impact of U.S. Supreme Court Obergefell v. Hodges decision on LGBT issues (7/28/15)
  • Fiduciary Representation: Are the Beneficiaries Your Client?,” co-presented with Tina Babel, Strafford Webinar (5/26/15)
  • “Financial Elder Abuse,” Aging Well Conference, May 21, 2015, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Presented 2014 to the West Michigan Estate Planning Council (3/26/15) and Greenleaf Trust (4/1/15)
  • Presented 2013 Trust & Estate Case Law Update to Chemical Bank, Comerica Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Waterway, Wilhelt, Worfel & Bronsink, Legacy Trust, and Huntington National Bank
  • Presented 2012 Trust & Estate Case Law Update to Chemical Bank and Legacy Trust
  • Presented 2011 Trust & Estate Case Law Update to Fifth Third Bank and Waterway, Wilhelt, Worfel & Bronsink
  • Presented 2010 Trust & Estate Case Law Update to Chemical Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Huntington National Bank, Northeastern Michigan Estate Planning Council and Macatawa Bank
  • Presented 2009 Trust & Estate Case Law Update to Chemical Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Founders Bank & Trust and Plante & Moran

testimonials

“Thank you, Laura!  We appreciate your help and are really grateful for your guidance navigating through the legal things.”  – L.H.

“Thank you so much for your time and knowledge in helping us all settle this dispute peacefully.”  – H.S.

“I would like to also thank you for your stellar representation!”  – A. L.

“Thank you Laura for everything; we are so fortunate to have worked with you!!!” – M. Z.

“It has been a long road and truly you did some heavy lifting in this matter.  I am very grateful for your assistance and partnership in seeing this through.”  – J.M.

“Thank you so much Laura for your great work on this. We are so grateful! You are my hero!”  – C.H.

“Thank you for laying down the law on my behalf.  I am forever grateful for your services.” – K.B.

“I appreciate all your guidance and wisdom and work more than I can say.  You gave me a lot of peace of mind in the way you handled things.  You were very kind and communicative, and always professional.”  – A.N.

“I think we have come to our professional end. I am sad in some ways and rejoice in others. You have been a marvelous counselor to us, but (isn’t there always a but?), I am glad that this chapter of life is coming to an end and look forward to the remaining chapter of life. Thank you so very much. However, if I need a lawyer I do know where to go and I do know who to recommend!”  – S.H.

“Thanks again for your wonderful counsel and support. It was worth every penny!”  – H.A.

“[W]e achieved pretty much everything we could have hoped. And we did this largely because of your extraordinary skills. You were also a model counsellor for me throughout this process. Thank you so much!”  – T.L.

“I am extremely impressed by how you get maximum results with simple, incise action.  I will certainly be sharing that in my 5 star review.”  – M.P.

“Laura, I know I have told you before, but you were a life saver. Thanks again for everything you have done for our family.”  – S.L.

“In short, Laura’s efforts changed my life. For years, after my mother passed away, I had been embroiled in an intractable dispute with my brother who was impeding the settlement of her estate and distribution of her trust. Laura’s advice and then legal actions brought my brother to the table and closure to this very difficult chapter of my life.”  – A.R.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Ms. Laura Morris two times this year and she was always a consummate professional, extremely prepared, helpful and totally exceeded my expectations. I really had a great experience with Laura, she was extremely communicative and got back to me right away. She was also very kind and empathetic to my 86-year-old mother who was the client and that made the whole experience that much better. I feel she went above and beyond the call of duty to help us out during a very difficult time for my Mom. I couldn’t be any more impressed with Ms. Morris and I would recommend her to everyone. ” – J.E.

“I appreciated Laura’s willingness to listen to and answer all my questions (even questions and answers I was unaware of). She kept me informed of all progress and exceeded all my expectations. I would definitely recommend her services.”  – M.B.

“Laura’s legal representation exceeded my expectations.  I loved how cut and dry, to the point no frills approach. I feel she was honest and fair with me. The communication was great and timely. I would recommend her to everyone.” – D.K.

“I am writing to recommend Laura Morris, a partner at Warner Norcross + Judd.  Recently the largest gift (exceeding six million dollars) to Ferris State University was challenged by the donor’s siblings . . . and the University needed someone with the requisite experience and skill to represent it in the litigation . . . in what turned out to be a particularly complex probate court dispute.  Having been a partner at a well-known and mid-sized law firm before coming to Ferris and having an opportunity to review the work of many excellent attorneys, Laura is in my opinion one of the very finest that I have worked with and observed. . . I highly recommend Ms. Morris without reservation.”  – Miles J. Postema, V.P. and General Counsel.  Click here to read letter.

“Thank you so much for all your hard work.   I truly appreciate your understanding and professionalism while helping me through this.” – J.R.

“Ms. Morris completely exceeded my expectations in handling my case. She buried the other side in case law and they withdrew their petition the next day. We did not have to go to court. The case was over and I won. This took less than 5 days from the first interview with Ms. Morris till it was over. She did a terrific job for me.” – B.H.

“Laura is very knowledgeable, experienced, and trustworthy. She continues to impress me when she has to correct (and train) other senior attorneys. Her negotiation skills have proven to be second to none, and with a few complicated issues she was able to achieve very good and satisfying results. Laura Morris has become my go to, and very first choice for my legal representation needs.” – T.M.

“I’m 101 years old. My son took all of my money. Laura sent documents to his attorney to get my money back and threatened he could be charged triple for what he took. I may be 101 years, but my brain is still working, and I had proof from my doctor I’m okay. Laura sent the documents to his attorney, got his attention, and I had all my money back in my account by the end of the week thanks to Laura. I am so grateful to Laura and could not have done it without her.”  –  A.W.