Attorney James Spica Elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel

November 5, 2013
Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney James Spica has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel.

Mr. Spica is a Member in the firm’s Detroit office. He focuses his practice on estate and tax planning, trust banking and trust litigation. He was the principal author of the Greenleaf Trust perpetuities reform proposal enacted as the Michigan Personal Property Trust Perpetuities Act of 2008 and of the Greenleaf “trust decanting” proposal enacted as 2012 Michigan Public Acts Nos. 483, 484 and 485. He served on the ad hoc committee of the ABA’s Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section that drafted the Section’s response (dated September 10, 2012) to the Treasury Department’s request (in IRS Notice 2011-101) for comments on the tax implications of trust decanting. His most recent publication is “Spilt to Last: Longevity Planning for Tax Advantaged Trusts under a New Statutory Decanting Regime in Michigan,” 48 Real Prop. Tr. & Est. L. J. 35 (2013).

Mr. Spica has an LL.M. (in Taxation) from New York University, was clerk to the Honorable Richard C. Wilbur, United States Tax Court, and held a series of law professorships, from 1988 to 2000, at the University of Detroit Mercy, where he lectured, latterly as a tenured Associate Professor, on taxation, trusts and decedents’ estates. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Michigan Super Lawyers, Leading Lawyers and DBusiness’ Top Lawyers, he is a coauthor of the Michigan Estate Planning Handbook (2nd ed. 2006 & Supp.) and Trust Administration Under the Michigan Trust Code (2010 & Supp.), a member of the Council (governing body) of the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan and a Consultant to the Trust Counsel Committee of the Michigan Bankers Association.

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) is a nonprofit association of lawyers established in 1949. Its members are elected to the College by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors. Membership in ACTEC is by election of the regents of the College. Individual lawyers meeting the criteria for membership are nominated for membership by fellows of the College, and subjected to careful review by both state and national membership selection committees, prior to consideration by the regents of the College. To learn more about ACTEC, please click here.
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