Bourjaily joins Plunkett Cooney’s Trusts, Estates Group

Attorney Ryan P. Bourjaily is the newest member of the Trusts & Estates Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney – one of the oldest and largest law firms in the Midwest.

Bourjaily, who recently joined the firm as an associate in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, focuses his practice on litigating probate, trust and estate matters. He represents a range of clients in claims involving alleged breach of fiduciary duty, undue influence, lack of mental capacity, fiduciary removal and surcharge, as well as will/trust contests. He also advises clients regarding trust and estate administrations, protective proceedings and estate planning.

Selected as a “Rising Star” in estate and trust litigation by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine in 2019, Bourjaily received his law degree from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in 2014. He is also a member of the Probate & Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Bourjaily received his undergraduate degree from Albion College in 2011.

The members of Plunkett Cooney’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group focus their practice exclusively in the area of estate planning. They have particular expertise in drafting trusts and wills, managing estates, administering trusts, preserving assets, addressing tax sensitive distribution of assets to beneficiaries, planning for retirement and planning for effective asset protection. They assist with the selection process for guardians, and they utilize sophisticated techniques for tax and succession planning to the benefit of their clients.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms. The firm was also recently selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Ryan Bourjaily joining Plunkett Cooney, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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Hopko joins Plunkett Cooney’s Trusts, Estates Practice Group

An experienced attorney in the area of estate planning and elder law, Andrew M. Hopko recently joined the Trusts & Estates Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms.

“Andrew is a very experienced attorney, and we are fortunate to have him as part of the team,” said Laura Brownfield, Plunkett Cooney’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group Leader. “In addition to his estate planning and probate experience, his background in elder law will allow us to provide a whole new level of service to our clients.”

Hopko, who is a member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, practices in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, elder law, special needs planning and probate litigation. He works with clients in all aspects of estate planning and probate law, from helping clients identify and create their estate plans to post-death administration of trusts and estates. Hopko also has extensive experience in guardianship and conservatorship proceedings.

Hopko works extensively with elder law clients to protect their assets while establishing eligibility for Medicaid and other government programs to help with the costs of long-term care. In the area of special needs planning, he works with clients to create plans that provide continuing long-term financial support while helping beneficiaries retain eligibility for government benefits. Additionally, Hopko has extensive experience in family law and residential real estate.

Hopko is a member of the Macomb County Probate Bar Association and the Probate & Estate Planning, Elder Law & Disability Rights and Family Law sections of the State Bar of Michigan. He received his law and undergraduate degrees from Wayne State University and a Master of Science degree from Syracuse University.

The members of Plunkett Cooney’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group recognize that planning is an ongoing process for one’s future, as well as surviving family members. Several Plunkett Cooney attorneys specialize in estate planning, including the drafting trusts and wills, managing estates, administering trusts, preserving assets, addressing tax sensitive distribution of assets to beneficiaries, planning for retirement and planning for effective asset protection. They assist with the selection process for guardians, and they utilize sophisticated techniques for tax and succession planning to the benefit of their clients.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of transactional and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs over 150 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms, and it was named by American Lawyer Media’s as a “ go-to” law firm in 2016. The firm has also received several awards naming it among the top workplaces in the legal industry.

For more information about Andrew M. Hopko joining Plunkett Cooney, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 ; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.
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