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Benjamin J. Herbert

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Elder Law Attorney in Kalamazoo, MI

Herbert Machnik Law Firm
6281 Stadium Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Phone: 269-948-7600
Fax: 269-382-3508
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2021
Licensed in Michigan Since: 2006
Practice Areas: Elder Law (40%), Estate Planning & Probate (50%), Real Estate: Consumer (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Benjamin J. Herbert is a co-founder and partner of the Herbert Machnik Law Firm in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A top-rated attorney with more than 13 years of legal experience, Mr. Herbert provides exceptional counsel and support to clients throughout the greater Kalamazoo metro region and surrounding areas of Southern Michigan who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·        Elder law

·        Medicaid planning and asset preservation

·        Estate planning

·        Estate and trust administration

·        Complex estate and trust settlements and resolutions

·        Estate and trust litigation

·        Trustee and estate representative counsel

·        Real estate law

·        Business law

A graduate of the State Bar of Michigan's Institute of Continuing Legal Education Probate & Estate Planning Certificate Program, Mr. Herbert remains abreast of the latest changes to the law and regulations that govern his practice areas so he can offer the most relevant, up-to-date advice possible for those he serves. Throughout the course of his career, he has assisted hundreds of clients with protecting themselves, their assets and their loved ones for the future while helping them to create lasting legacies for their heirs and family members.

Recognized for his professionalism and service, Mr. Herbert has earned consistent recognition from his peers for the past several years as one of the leading attorneys in his region for estate and trust planning, estate administration and other related matters. He has also received many positive testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients for his unwavering dedication to their needs and assistance with helping them achieve their goals.

A 2003 cum laude graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in economics, Mr. Herbert returned to his alma mater and obtained his Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law in 2006. Along with practicing before all Michigan state courts, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

A leader in his field, Mr. Herbert has conducted numerous lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of topics related to estate planning, Medicaid planning and other related subjects. He also serves as Chairman of the Alternatives Pregnancy Center's Board of Directors, and he is a member of the Ducks Unlimited Kalamazoo Chapter.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Elder Law
  • 50%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 10%Real Estate: Consumer
Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Mortgage & Refinance


9 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2013 - 2021

About Benjamin J. Herbert

First Admitted: 2006, Michigan

Professional Webpage:


  • Awarded “Rising Star” status in Super Lawyers in 2013 through 2020

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alternatives Pregnancy Care Center
  • A member of the Kalamazoo Chapter of Ducks Unlimited

Representative Clients

  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Retirees, Senior Citizens and Families
  • Professional Service Organizations
  • Business Owners
  • Young Professionals
  • Entrepreneurial, Wealth Generating Clients
  • Trustees and Personal Representatives (Executors)

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Estate Planning for Married Couples
  • Estate Planning for Single People
  • Estate Planning for Widows and Widowers
  • Estate Planning for the Young Professional and Young Family
  • Medicaid Planning and Asset Protection
  • Spring Arbor University – Guest Lecturer on End of Life Issues
  • Society of Financial Service Professionals – Lecturer for Continuing Education Credits

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Graduate of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education Probate & Estate Planning Certificate Program

Educational Background

  • Michigan State University, B.A. in Economics, Cum Laude

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member of the Kalamazoo County Bar Association, 2017
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
  • Michigan
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan
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Office Location for Benjamin J. Herbert

6281 Stadium Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Phone: 269-948-7600

Fax: 269-382-3508

Last Updated: 4/19/2021

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