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Estate Planning

Often, when families need comprehensive estate planning documentation or review, it is too late. When you die, will your property and personal effects pass to the persons you choose, or will the State of Michigan make the decision for you? We will customize an estate plan to meet your specific needs so that you – not the government -- make that choice.

Will you receive proper care as you age? Who will take care of you and your property if you are incapacitated? A proper estate plan can ensure that there is continuity in the handling of your money and property.

A trust is a straightforward estate-planning instrument, and involves three persons: the Grantor, the Trustee and the Beneficiary. A trust is created when the owner (the Grantor) transfers title and certain incidents of ownership in the property to another person (the Trustee) for the benefit or use of a third party (the Beneficiary). But when to use a trust, and how to structure it, is where legal advice from an experienced trusts attorney is essential to protect your interests.

A trust can be an effective means for you to retain control of your property, while initiating the process of passing ownership to your children and future generations. We can assist you in creating generation-skipping trusts, with careful attention to legal requirements.

Cynthia Fullwood believes that family matters, and she provides personal care and attention to each of her clients. She believes in understanding the needs of individuals and their families in making estate-planning decisions. This enables her to create a customized plan that will fit each client’s particular individual goals.

Some of our estate planning services include:

  • Marital, Family & By-Pass Trusts
  • Testamentary Trusts
  • Living or Revocable Trusts
  • Securities Trusts
  • Real Estate Trusts
  • Charitable Trusts
  • Defective Grantor Trusts
  • Irrevocable Trusts & Insurance Trusts
  • Living Trusts & Revocable Trusts
  • Special Needs Trusts to Protect a Child
  • Estate Tax Advice
  • Asset Transfers & Gifts
  • Charitable Bequests
  • Last Will and Testament
  • Living Wills and Directives to Physicians
  • Healthcare Power of Attorney
  • Enduring Powers of Attorney
  • Declaration of Guardian in Event of Later Incapacity
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships
  • Appointment of Agent for Disposition of Remains
  • Pour-over Wills

With Cynthia Fullwood as your advocate, you will  have a well respected member of the community on your side and have the services of an attorney who knows the law and how to best protect you and your loved ones.  You can be assured that when you die, your property is gifted to the loved ones you wish to honor, and that your assets reach your intended beneficiaries without difficulty.


After a loved one has died, his or her estate may move into probate. Depending on the size of the estate and whether or not there was a will, this process can become time-consuming and expensive. It may also involve litigation, including will contests and trust administration disputes. Without a will, the distribution of the estate is done by state formula and not according to the decedent's wishes.

If your family member did not leave any will behind, the State of Michigan has provided an intestacy statute that dictates how assets are to be distributed. The State's will may not be what the deceased person would have chosen. In order to prevent ambiguity, confusions, and undue probate costs in the State of Michigan, Cynthia Fullwood can help you to to begin a dialogue  about your hopes and plans for a lasting legacy through a well-thought-out structure for distribution of assets. Her attorneys will help you draft a comprehensive estate plan to help ensure that your wishes are followed, tax implications are minimized, and assets are preserved.


Each day, immigrants from all over the world pursue the dream of American citizenship. Unfortunately, many immigrants lose their opportunity for U.S. citizenship because they lack proper legal representation. Immigration, citizenship and nationality are increasingly complex and dynamic areas of law. Only dedicated and specialized professionals can be expected to keep up with the demands of guiding clients through this ever changing environment.

Cynthia Fullwood has been representing private individuals, families, businesses and organizations in their visa petitions to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, as well as defending and litigating cases before Immigration Judges, the Board of Immigration Appeals, United States District Courts and United States Circuit Courts within the following areas:

  • Application for Permanent Residence
  • Battered Spouse Petitions
  • Consular Processing
  • Criminal Deportation / Removal Defense
  • Non-Criminal Deportation / Removal Defense
  • Employment-Based Cases
  • Family Based Visas
  • Fiancée Visas
  • H, L, E Visas
  • Board of Immigration Appeals / Federal Court Litigation
  • Labor Certifications
  • Naturalization
  • Political Asylum
  • TN Visas

Since September 30, 1996, and the passage of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (Pub. L. No. 104-208, 110 Stat. 3009 "IIRAIRA"), the rights of aliens in the United States have been severely curtailed when past criminal conduct is a factor. Crimes that previously did not cause immigration consequences can now trigger deportation proceedings. Crimes as serious as murder, and as minor as shoplifting, can result in deportation.


Virtually every transaction, from a simple charitable contribution to a multi-national corporate reorganization, has some tax consequences associated with its planning and execution. We help people with business and personal income tax disputes. We appear on clients’ behalf before tax tribunals and assist with income tax assessment issues. We file Offer in Compromise applications with the Internal Revenue Service, and assist CPA’s and other professionals with client tax returns. We represent clients in audit proceedings.

  • IRS Tax Collections

  • IRS Tax Appeals

  • Audited Taxpayer Representation

  • Real and Personal Property Tax

  • Sales and Use Tax

  • Nonprofit Corporations

  • ERISA Planning/Litigation

  • Business Entity and Subsidiary Treatment

  • Post Merger Integrations

  • Regulated Industries