Provided by James Spica
Mr. Spica specializes in trust and trust banking law including representations as special counsel in contested proceedings and as legislative counsel. He does estate planning for private clients requiring sophisticated wealth management. He also provides expert testimony in estate planning malpractice defense matters.
He is the principal author of the “divided trusteeship” provisions added to the Michigan Trust Code by 2018 Pub. Act 662, the multi-statute Michigan “trust decanting” regime (2012), and Michigan’s Personal Property Trust Perpetuities Act (2008). He clerked for the Honorable Richard C. Wilbur on the United States Tax Court and taught jurisprudence, taxation, trusts and decedents’ estates as an Assistant/Associate Professor of Law at the University of Detroit Mercy (1989-2000, tenured 1996).
He is a Commissioner to the Uniform Law Commission, a Member of the ULC’s Fiduciary Income and Principal Act Drafting Committee, the American Bar Association Advisor to the ULC’s Directed Trust Drafting Committee, an ACTEC Fellow, Chair of the Divided and Directed Trusteeship Committee of the Council of the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and a Member of the Michigan ICLE Probate & Estate Planning Advisory Board.