Alan A. May

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Troy, MI

Kemp Klein Law Firm
 | 201 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 600
Troy, MI 48084
Phone: 248-817-4439
Fax: 248-528-5129
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1967
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (50%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (50%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Alan A. May is a shareholder with the Kemp Klein Law Firm in Troy, Michigan. A highly rated, award-winning attorney with over 50 years of legal experience, Mr. May focuses his practice primarily on estate planning and administration, probate litigation, and pooled trust accounts.

Widely regarded as a leader in his field, Mr. May has extensive experience with guardianships and conservatorships, and he routinely conducts lectures across his region on these and other related topics. He also serves on the legal faculty at Wayne State University and Oakland University, and he often offers invaluable witness testimony in court trials involving probate and trust law.

Recognized for his impeccable professionalism and service, Mr. May has earned numerous awards and honors throughout his career. Among his most notable accolades, The Best Lawyers in America lists him among the nation’s top attorneys for Trusts and Estates and Litigation – Trusts and Estates, and the organization voted him “Lawyer of the Year” in Troy for Litigation - Trusts and Estates. He also holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and DBusiness magazine included him in its list of Top Lawyer for Trusts and Estates in 2017.

A 1963 graduate of the University of Michigan, Mr. May obtained his Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 1966. The State Bar of Michigan admitted him to practice the following year, and he is also admitted to the District of Columbia Bar.

Active in his legal community, Mr. May is a member of several local, state and national bar associations, and he has served as a public administrator for Wayne County since 1980. He has also served as a mediator for the Oakland County Circuit Court, court-appointed referee for the Wayne County and Oakland County probate courts as well as Special Assistant Attorney General for Michigan.

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Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

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

Estate & Trust Litigation (50%): Will Contests

Focus Areas

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

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2018

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About Alan May

Admitted: 1967, Michigan

Professional Webpage: https://kkue.com/directory/alan-a-may/

Honors/Awards:

  • Included in DBusiness magazine’s list of 2017 Top Lawyers in the practice area of Trusts and Estates
  • Included in the Best Lawyers listing since 2011
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2019 Litigation – Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” in Troy
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 in the fields of Trusts and Estates as well as Litigation – Trusts & Estates
  • Listed in the area of Probate Law among Martindale-Hubbell’s Preeminent Lawyers
  • “AV” peer review rating with Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2007-2017 issues of Michigan Super Lawyers magazine featuring the top 5% of attorneys in Michigan

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • The District of Columbia Bar Association

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • District of Columbia Bar, 1976
  • State Bar of Michigan, 1967
  • Wayne County Probate Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate and Trust Law Section, Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • N.A.A.C.P., life member
  • Temple Beth El, past president
  • American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science, Member of the Detroit executive committee, 1982-1983
  • National Conference of Christians and Jews, trustee at large, 1981-1983
  • May Family Foundation, trustee
  • L. S. Charfoos Charitable Foundation, trustee
  • Founders Society, Detroit Institute of Arts, Member since 1970
  • President of Medical-Legal Seminars, Inc.
  • Michigan Health Maintenance Organization, Member 1979-1981
  • The National Conference for Community and Justice, past president of the national organization
  • The National Conference for Community and Justice, trustee and member of the executive board and vice chair

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Mediator in Oakland County Circuit Court since 1981
  • “The Right to Marry”, Michigan Bar Journal, April 1977
  • “Proof of Paternity”, The Detroit Lawyer, January 1979
  • “1978 Annual Survey of Michigan Law – Trusts and Succession”, Wayne Law Review, January 1979
  • “Divestment of Property to Achieve Social Services Indigency”, Michigan Bar Journal, September 1980
  • “1980 Annual Survey of Michigan Law – Trusts and Succession”, Wayne Law Review, August 1981
  • “1982 Annual Survey of Michigan Law – Trusts and Succession”, Wayne Law Review, August 1983
  • “The Impact of Crystal v. Hubbard,” Michigan Bar Journal, August 1984
  • “Geneve 89, A Collector’s Reflection,” NAWCC Bulletin, February 1990
  • “The Prophylactic Will”, Commentator, Summer 2002
  • “Tortious Interference with the Right of Inheritance”, co-authored with Shannon N. Scheloske, Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal, Vol. 22, Summer 2003, No. 4
  • “Termination of Parental Rights, Adoption, and Inheritance”, co-authored with Shannon N. Scheloske, Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Vol. 23, Summer 2004, No. 3
  • “Determination of Heirs”, co-authored with Barbara P. Andruccioli, Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Vol. 24, Winter 2004, No. 1
  • “The Causal Nexus Between the Laws of Inheritance and Wrongful Death”, co-authored with Debra Nance, Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Vol. 24, Spring 2005, No. 2
  • “Guardian Ad Litem Immunity Revisited: Recent History”, co-authored with Lawrence G. Snyder, Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Vol. 24, Summer 2005, No. 3
  • “The Slayer’s Statute and Slayer’s Rule” [with contributors’ acknowledgements], Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Vol. 25, Spring 2006, No. 2
  • “Appeals from the Probate Court – Stay of Proceeding”, Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Vol. 27, Winter 2007, No. 1
  • “The Doctrine of Equitable Deviation”, Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Vol. 27, Summer 2008, No. 3
  • “The Enforcing of a ‘No Gifts’ Policy by Voiding a Will”, Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Vol. 28, Summer 2009, No. 3
  • “Determination of Paternity for a Child of Unwed Parents Born Subsequent to the Father’s Death”, Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Vol. 29, Spring 2010, No. 2
  • “Deviation From The Norm Post Mortem Powers Not Reserved to a Personal Representative”, Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Vol. 30, Summer 2011, No. 3
  • “Litigation Under New Trust Code – Probable Cause as Defense”, Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Vol. 31, Winter 2011, No. 1
  • “Who Can Represent a Minor, Where and How?”, Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Vol. 31, Spring 2012, No. 2
  • “First Party Benefits and Conservator and Guardian Fees”, Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Vol. 33, Winter 2013, No. 1
  • “Binding Third Parties in Probate Court: ‘Proceedings’ Versus ‘Civil Actions’”, Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Vol. 34, Summer 2015, No. 3
  • “Nothing New Under the Sun: Present Contemproary Laws of Inheritance and the Talmud and Torah”, Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Spring 2016
  • “Two Matters Improperly Decided By the Michigan Court of Appeals: In Re Estate of Sabry Mohammad Attia and In Re Estate of James V Ward,” Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Winter 2016

Educational Background:

  • B.A., University of Michigan, 1963
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Office Location for Alan A. May

201 West Big Beaver Road
Suite 600
Troy, MI 48084

Phone: 248-817-4439

Fax: 248-528-5129

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Last Updated: 1/17/2019

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