Travis I Dafoe

Travis I Dafoe

Building Relationships, Not Just Estate Plans
  • Estate Planning, Elder Law, Real Estate Law ...
  • Michigan
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I enjoy the interaction with people where I can explain something that may seem complex in a way that helps them understand. As a former teacher, I do enjoy those ah-ha moments where things click. I enjoy talking with clients and getting to know them and their situation, so that I can find the best possible solutions for their needs. I believe that effective estate planning is a critical component of my client’s life planning. I believe that family fights over inheritance are unnecessary and wasteful. Families achieve better outcomes through planning rather than fighting. While it is impossible to prevent people from fighting, I discuss with my clients issues that may exist and try to implement solutions now to problems that may later turn into litigation. As an estate planning attorney, I strive to help you plan for the unknown catastrophes, the known eventualities, and everything in between. By planning, you can gain peace of mind that your loved ones are taken care of in the best way if something should happen to you. As part of the process, I listen to my clients to understand their goals and needs. Using this information, we create solutions to their unique problems. I use many different estate planning tools, like trusts, wills, and powers of attorney, to create client-centered solutions. I communicate clearly and without legalese, so clients are empowered to make the best decisions for their situations. Together, we can work to make sure that we not only create a plan that incorporates the clients goal’s but that we implement the plan, so when your estate plan is executed it is successful. To stay up-to-date with the latest developments I am a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and a member of WealthCounsel. WealthCounsel is a national community of estate planning professionals committed to the highest standards. It is a collaborative organization that has seminars and webinars to provide me with the latest tools and ideas.

Practice Areas
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Elder Law
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
    Employment Law
    Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
Professional Associations
State of Michigan Bar
Life Care Planning Law Firm Associations
2016 - Current
2016 - Current
National Acedemy of Elder Law Attorneys
2015 - Current
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
6th Circuit
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
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Professional Experience
Dafoe Law, PLLC
2015 - Current
Gafkay & Dafoe, PLC
2010 - 2015
Adjunct Political Science Professor
Delta College
2010 - 2013
Mahlberg, Brandt, Gilbert, Thompson & Wimsatt
2009 - 2010
Law Clerk
Mahlberg, Brandt, Gilbert & Thompson
Extern, Legal Clerk
Gilbert, Smith & Borrello, P.C.
Summer Associate
Ryan, Jaimeson, Morris, Ryan and Smith
River Valley School District
2003 - 2007
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
J.D. (2009)
Western Michigan University
B.A. (2002) | Education, History, Social Studies
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Contact & Map
Dafoe Law, PLLC
160 S. Main St, Ste 4
Detroit, MI 48226
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