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Christopher W. Smith

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Elder Law Attorney in Southfield, MI

Chalgian & Tripp Law Offices, PLLC
26211 Central Park Blvd., Suite 200
Southfield, MI 48076
Phone: 517-619-1366
Fax: (248) 799-9925
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2017
Licensed in Michigan Since: 2009
Practice Areas: Elder Law, Estate Planning & Probate, Estate & Trust Litigation
Attorney Profile

Christopher W. Smith is an attorney at Chalgian & Tripp Law Office PLL in Southfield, Michigan. Mr. Smith has over a decade of experience and handles matters involving elder law, estates, probates, trusts and wills. He serves clients in Southfield, Detroit, Bloomfield Hills and Farmington Hills.

Mr. Smith received bachelor’s degrees in business and history from the University of Virginia. He went on to graduate magna cum laude from Indiana University Bloomington Maurer School of Law. While attending law school, he was inducted into the Order of the Coif and was managing editor of the Indiana Law Journal. He is licensed to practice law before the state courts of both Michigan and Indiana.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Smith has provided helpful guidance and advice to many Michigan individuals and families facing elder law or special needs planning issues. He is a passionate advocate and experienced litigator who regularly writes and speaks on elder law and special needs topics. 

Serving in many leadership positions, Mr. Smith sits on the Special Needs Alliance Board of Directors. He is the Legislative Committee Chair of the State Bar of Michigan Elder Law and Disability Rights Section and belongs to the Michigan Attorney General’s Elder Abuse Task Force, the City of Huntington Woods Senior Advisory Committee and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Outside of his law practice, Mr. Smith enjoys volunteering in his local community. Over the years, he has volunteered with the Wayne County, Michigan, Elder Law & Advocacy Center, the Oakland County Probate Court and the Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Elder Law
  • 40%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 10%Estate & Trust Litigation
Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Will Contests


8 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2017

About Christopher W. Smith

First Admitted: 2006, Indiana

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Educational Background

  • University of Virginia, Business & History

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Michigan
  • Indiana
  • Member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), 2020
  • Member of the Michigan Attorney General's Elder Abuse Task Force, 2020
  • Council Member and Legislative Committee Chair of the Elder Law and Disability Rights Section of the State Bar of Michigan, 2020
  • Former Chair of the Elder Law and Disability Section of the State Bar of Michigan
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Special Needs Alliance and Public Policy Co-Chair, 2020

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Past Volunteer Counselor, Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program, Inc.
  • Past Volunteer, Guardianship Reviewer for the Oakland County Michigan Probate Court
  • Past Volunteer, Elder Law and Advocacy Center in Wayne County, Michigan
  • Member of the Huntington Woods Senior Advisory Committee, 2020


  • Selected as a “Rising Star” in both the Indiana edition of Super Lawyers Magazine (in 2009 and 2010) and the Michigan edition (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017).

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

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Office Location for Christopher W. Smith

26211 Central Park Blvd.
Suite 200
Southfield, MI 48076

Phone: 517-619-1366

Fax: (248) 799-9925

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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