Laura E. Morris

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in Grand Rapids, MI

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP
 | 900 Fifth Third Center, 111 Lyon Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2487
Phone: 616-965-0062, 616-42
Fax: 616-222-2407
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas:
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (80%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (10%),
  • Family Law (10%)
Attorney Profile

Laura E. Morris is an attorney at Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A successful trial attorney, Ms. Morris focuses her practice on elder law, probate litigation and trusts and estates law, representing clients in Grand Rapids and throughout the state of Michigan. Along with litigation experience, she is a civil mediator.

Licensed to practice law in the state of Michigan since 2006, Ms. Morris also appears before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan. Her prior legal experience includes interning for a federal district judge.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Morris has handled cases involving adoptions, conservatorships, guardianships, powers of attorney, wills and a variety of other estate planning and probate related matters. She graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree and earned her law degree from Wayne State University Law School, graduating with honors from both schools.

Active in her local and national legal communities, Ms. Morris is a member of the Grand Rapids Bar Association. In addition, she belongs to the State Bar of Michigan and is a member of the organization’s alternative dispute resolution, and probate and estate planning sections. She also belongs to the American Bar Association and serves on the group’s real property, trust and estate law section.

Ms. Morris contributes to the legal profession by serving as a speaker at various conferences and seminars. She has also authored articles on estate planning and probate topics for a wide variety of legal journals and publications.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Estate & Trust Litigation (80%): Will Contests

Estate Planning & Probate (10%): Guardianships & Conservatorships

Family Law (10%)

Focus Areas

Will Contests, Guardianships & Conservatorships

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 6 years

Rising Stars: 2013 - 2018

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About Laura Morris

Admitted: 2006, Michigan

Professional Webpage: http://www.wnj.com/Professionals/Attorneys/Laura-E-Morris

Honors/Awards:

  • Legal Intern, Honorable Avern Cohn, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Co-Editor-in-Chief, Moot Court, Wayne State University Law School
  • Graduated with Honors, Wayne State University Law School
  • Member, Varsity Women’s Soccer team, Michigan State University
  • Graduated with Honors, Michigan State University

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Approved Civil Mediator, 8-hour Advanced Mediator Training (ADR Section of State Bar of Michigan), 2016
  • Approved Civil Mediator, 40-hour training approved by State Court Administration Office, 2014

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2011
  • Michigan, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2006
  • American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, Member
  • State Bar of Michigan, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Member
  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate & Estate Planning Section, Member
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association, Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Operations Lead, Steve Smith Charity Golf Challenge, Egypt Valley Country Club, 2015
  • West Michigan Healthcare Network, Member
  • Family Promise of Grand Rapids, Volunteer
  • Inforum - A Professional Women's Alliance, Member
  • Inforum – Executive Leader Training (2015)
  • Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Inside Grand Rapids (Spring 2012)
  • Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Emerging Leaders Series (Class of 2014)
  • Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition, Member
  • Council on Aging of Kent County, Member
  • West Michigan Estate Planning Council, Member
  • Co-Operations Lead, Steve Smith Charity Golf Challenge, Egypt Valley Country Club, 2013-2014
  • West Michigan Spartans, Board Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Before the Party's Over—The Arguments For and Against Pre-Death Will Contests," (co-authorised with David L.J.M. Skidmore), Probate & Property (Vol. 27, No. 2), March/April 2013
  • Presentation to Allegan County Council on Aging (Building Ties) regarding elder financial abuse (7/30/15)
  • Wills & Trusts Litigation: 3 New Cases in a Nutshell, 4/20/2011
  • Court of Appeals Sends Reminder on Importance of Complete Accountings, 5/10/2013
  • Probate Litigation - Frequently Asked Questions, 6/26/2013
  • Inheritance Disputes: How to Nip Them in the Bud Now, 10/22/2014
  • What You Need to Know About Adding a Child to Your Bank Account, 7/21/2016
  • Halting Elder Abuse: Know Your Options, 11/16/2016
  • Agents Beware: Risks of Serving as a Power of Attorney, 11/16/2016
  • Not All Mental Capacity is Created Equal, 11/16/2016
  • Avoiding Probate Does Not Equal Avoiding Inheritance Disputes, 12/22/2016
  • Presented 2009 Trust & Estate Case Law Update to Chemical Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Founders Bank & Trust and Plante & Moran
  • Presented 2010 Trust & Estate Case Law Update to Chemical Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Huntington National Bank, Northeastern Michigan Estate Planning Council and Macatawa Bank
  • Presented 2011 Trust & Estate Case Law Update to Fifth Third Bank and Waterway, Wilhelt, Worfel & Bronsink
  • Presented 2012 Trust & Estate Case Law Update to Chemical Bank and Legacy Trust
  • Presented 2013 Trust & Estate Case Law Update to Chemical Bank, Comerica Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Waterway, Wilhelt, Worfel & Bronsink, Legacy Trust, and Huntington National Bank
  • Presented 2014 to the West Michigan Estate Planning Council (3/26/15) and Greenleaf Trust (4/1/15)
  • Co-presenter at Grand Rapids Community Foundation on impact of U.S. Supreme Court Obergefell v. Hodges decision on LGBT issues (7/28/15)
  • Co-Presenter at Midwest Trust & Wealth Management Conference, Trust and Estate Case Law Update (10/6/15)
  • Speaker, “Fiduciary Litigation Update 2015,” ICLE On-Demand Seminar (12/23/15)
  • Speaker, “Drafting to Avoid Probate Litigation and Administration Challenges,” ICLE On-Demand Seminar (4/20/16)
  • Speaker, “Drafting After In re Jajuga Estate,” ICLE Drafting Estate Planning Documents Seminar (1/19/17)
  • "Fiduciary Representation: Are the Beneficiaries Your Client?," co-presented with Tina Babel, Strafford Webinar, (5/26/15)
  • "Financial Elder Abuse," Aging Well Conference, May 21, 2015, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Show Me the Money! The Intricacies of Joint Bank Account Litigation in Michigan," (co-authored with David L.J.M. Skidmore), The Litigation Newsletter, Summer 2013
  • Whose Privilege Is It Anyway? The Fiduciary Exception to the Attorney-Client Privelege," (co-authored with David L.J.M. Skidmore), Probate & Property (Vol. 27, No. 5), September/October 2013
  • "Insane Delusions: The Crazy Lesser-Known Claim for Invalidating an Estate-Planning Document,"  Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal (Vol. 33, No. 3), Summer 2014

Representative Clients:

  • http://www.wnj.com/Professionals/Attorneys/Laura-E-Morris

Videos:

  • https://www.wnj.com/Professionals/Attorneys/Laura-E-Morris

Educational Background:

  • Michigan State University, B.A., 2003
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Office Location for Laura E. Morris

900 Fifth Third Center
111 Lyon Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2487

Phone: 616-965-0062, 616-42

Fax: 616-222-2407

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Last Updated: 1/17/2019

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