Julie H. P. Cotant

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Farmington Hills, MI

Wright Beamer, PLC
 | 31500 Northwestern Highway, Suite 140
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Phone: 248-893-1404
Fax: 248-477-7749
Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2015, 2019
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (50%),
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

With a focus on helping clients see the big picture during difficult times, Julie H.P. Cotant is an attorney with Wright Beamer, PLC, who represents the people of the Detroit metropolitan region and Farmington Hills. For over 15 years, she has handled cases relating to probate administration and probate litigation, estate planning, business disputes and business litigation, real estate transactions and litigation, quiet title litigation, business collections, professional trade association, insurance agency representation, employment law, disputes and litigation, and business law.

A member of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, the Wayne County Probate Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan Client Protection Fund and Professional Education & Events Commitees, and the State Bar of Michigan’s Probate & Estate Planning and Litigation Law sections. Ms. Cotant is also a member of the Oakland County Bar Association and its Professional Development Committee. Ms. Cotant is admitted to practice in the state of Michigan, as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Michigan.

Ms. Cotant earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in 2002 and a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School in 2005. A presenter for the Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Michigan, the Women’s Council of Realtors and the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, she was also the recipient of the President’s Award for Outstanding Service from the Wayne State Law School Student Board of Governors in 2003.

Passionate about developing strong relationships with every client, Ms. Cotant’s focus is on loyalty and trust. Her creative solutions to complex legal problems set clients up for a successful future long after their legal issues are resolved.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Estate Planning & Probate (50%): Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

Business Litigation (30%): Non-Compete Agreements

Estate & Trust Litigation (20%): Will Contests

Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Non-Compete Agreements, Will Contests

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

Rising Stars: 2014 - 2015, 2019

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About Julie Cotant

Admitted: 2005, Michigan

Professional Webpage: https://www.wrightbeamer.com/attorneys/julie-h-p-cotant/

Honors/Awards:

  • Top Lawyer in Trusts & Estates, Top Lawyer, Trusts and Estates, dbusiness, 2019
  • Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2014-2015
  • 2003 Recipient of the Wayne State Law School Student Board of Governors President’s Award for Outstanding Service

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • State Bar of Michigan, Client Protection Fund Committee, Member (appointed), 2015
  • U.S. Federal District Court, Eastern Michigan
  • Wayne County Probate Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate & Estate Planning Section
  • State Bar of Michigan, Professional Education & Events Committee, Member (appointed), 2018
  • U.S. Federal District Court, Western Michigan
  • State Bar of Michigan, Litigation Law Section
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
  • Oakland County Bar Association, Professional Development Committee, Vice Chair, 2018

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • The Uptown Group, Past Participant
  • The Community House, Birmingham, Volunteer

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • State Bar of Michigan, Young Lawyers Association, Seminar Presenter, Mastering Assertiveness: Skills and Strategies for Effective Communication and Advocacy, November 9, 2013
  • State Bar of Michigan, Young Lawyers Association, Seminar Presenter, Stand and Deliver, September 2013 and September 2009
  • Women’s Council of Realtors, Seminar, Become the “Go To” Realtor for Probate Attorneys, May 21, 2009
  • Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, Seminar Presenter, What Every P.I. Lawyer Must Know About Probate, March 22, 2007
  • State Bar of Michigan, Young Lawyers Section, Annual Summit: Applying the Science of Happiness to Your Work, June 16, 2018
  • Article regarding understanding legal matters from all angles, including family dynamics, and listening with compassion, PRACTICING COMPASSION, NOT JUST LAW, 2018
  • 2018 increase in minimum wage, MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE COMING IN 2018, 2018

Transactions:

  • Served as Conservator for individual with significant assets and liabilities. Marshalled assets and assisted CPA to prepare 10 years of unfiled income tax returns., 2018
  • Served as Successor Trustee for high net worth Trust with commercial properties and multiple beneficiaries. Involved analysis and resolution of various matters, including completion of IRS Form 706., 2019
  • Represented Personal Representative in settling complex estate. Estate owned livestock and a farm; multiple creditors; decedent delinquent in filing individual tax returns., 2017
  • Successfully probated complex multi-million dollar estate and trust. Served as Personal Representative and Successor Trustee. Administration included removing named co-personal representatives and trustees and selling various pieces of real estate., 2017

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Julie regularly consults and speaks on the topic of happiness and well-being., 2018

Educational Background:

  • Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, MI, Juris Doctor, 2005
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Bachelor of Arts, 2002

Industry Groups

  • Closely-held Businesses
  • Food Distribution
  • Individuals
Office Location for Julie H. P. Cotant

31500 Northwestern Highway
Suite 140
Farmington Hills, MI 48334

Phone: 248-893-1404

Fax: 248-477-7749

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Last Updated: 5/22/2019

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