Elder Law and Estate planning attorney Rachel Estelle has dedicated her career to designing estate plans that protect her clients’ assets, preserve family harmony, and help seniors maximize their independence and quality of life. A sought-after speaker and writer, in 2018 she co-authored the book Estate Planning for What Matters Most: A Guidebook for Michigan Families.
Rachel joined the firm in 2013 as an elder law and estate planning attorney. She considers it her privilege to help local families set up an estate plan that gives peace of mind for generations to come. One of her greatest joys is the ability to provide emergency Medicaid planning for families that includes options to cover their healthcare needs and preserve as much of their estate as possible. She also assists in planning for persons with special needs, including the drafting of special needs trusts. Rachel is dedicated to providing comprehensive and detailed estate plans for families of all ages.
Rachel graduated from Central Michigan University with a B.A. in history and social services. She earned her law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Ann Arbor, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She received her Certificate of Completion in the areas of probate, estate planning, and elder law from the Michigan State Bar.
Rachel is a member of the Elder Law and Probate section of the Michigan State Bar, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Academy of Special Needs Planners, and Lawyers with Purpose. She is Certified as an Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), and is one of only 20 CELAs in Michigan. Rachel achieved this distinction by completing a rigorous process requiring a comprehensive bar-style exam, numerous continuing legal education courses, multiple references from her peers, a long-time focus on Elder Law, and more. This certification concentrates on the areas of Wills and Trusts, Probate and Trust Administration, Long-term Care Planning, Medicaid and Medicare, Powers of Attorney, tax implications with Estate Planning, Special Needs Planning, Elder Abuse, and more. As a CELA, Rachel understands the unique challenges facing families and helps her clients manage them through expert representation.
Rachel is also a member of several local organizations. She is the current treasurer for the Tuscola County Bar Association and a member of the Cass City Rotary Club.
Rachel and her husband Mark live in Sebewaing with their delightful yellow lab Sadie and curious cat Stella. She enjoys spending time with her close-knit extended family, especially her adorable nieces and nephews.