Henry M. Grix

Henry M. Grix

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Troy, MI

Dickinson Wright PLLC
 | 2600 W. Big Beaver Rd., Suite 300
Troy, MI 48084-3312
Phone: 248-433-7200
Fax: 248-433-7274
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate
    Attorney Profile

    Mr. Grix is a member in Dickinson Wright's Troy office.  With over 30 years of experience in the estate planning and administration area, he develops and implements enforceable estate plans for the management and transfer of assets during life and at death in ways that avoid unnecessary taxation, preserve privacy and protect loved ones.

    Mr. Grix designs flexible estate plans to meet the demands of our volatile times.  Mr. Grix has advised families about the transfer of wealth to future generations using revocable and irrevocable trusts, limited liability companies, S corporations and other efficient, tax-favored instruments. 

    Working with firm clients and in cooperation with their other professional advisers, he drafts documents that take account of changes in our law and in our society.  For example, he has assisted clients both with early termination of trusts and with the extension of the term of a trust;  he has counseled clients about transferring assets from outmoded trusts into more suitable trust structures (“de-canting”);  and he has counseled clients about how to integrate their intentions for their loved ones with their charitable interests.  

    Mr. Grix also counsels individuals and corporate fiduciaries in the efficient and timely administration of the financial affairs of incapacitated individuals and, following a death, the administration of estates and trusts for the benefit of beneficiaries.

    Mr. Grix received a B.A., with honors, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel, a former Chair of the Probate and Estate Planning Council of the State Bar of Michigan and a member of the boards of various civic organizations. 

    About Henry Grix

    Admitted: 1978, Michigan

    Professional Webpage: https://www.dickinson-wright.com/our-people/henry-m-grix


    • American College of Trust & Estate Counsel, Fellow (Elected in 1992); Best Lawyers in America, 2010 Detroit-area Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year; Michigan Super Lawyers.

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Probate & Estate Planning Council, Chair 2003-2004, governing body of the Probate and Estate Planning Section, the largest section of the State Bar of Michigan, currently ex-officio member; Probate and Estate Planning Advisory Board, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Legal and Financial Advisory Network of The Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan; Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit, Member; State Bar of Michigan, Probate and Estate Planning Section and Taxation Section; and American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section.

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • The HOPE Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Grants Committee; The DMC Foundation, a supporting organization of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan; Trustee, Harper University Hospital Advisory Board; Detroit Institute of Arts, Member, The Tannahill Estate Planning Council; and The Detroit Institute of Arts, Visiting Committee for European Sculpture & Decorative Arts., 2015

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "Qualified Terminable Interest Property", ICLE, November 29, 2011, Plymouth, Michigan; A Review of Big Ten Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnership Law, American College of Trust & Estate Council (ACTEC) Big Ten Regional Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, December 10, 2011; "Dynasty Trusts: Is Anything Forever?", Institute for Continuing Legal Education 49th Annual Probate and Estate Planning Institute, Acme and Plymouth, Michigan, May and June, 2009; "Planning for the Non-Traditional Family", Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, August 21, 2008, Grand Rapids, Michigan and November 11, 2008, Troy, Michigan; "Planning Techniques for the Taxable Estate: QTIP Marital Trust Drafting", Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Plymouth, Michigan, December 11, 2007; "Estate Planning for Non-Traditional Families", Institute for Continuing Legal Education 47th Annual Probate and Estate Planning Institute, Acme and Plymouth, Michigan, May and June 2007; "The New Biology and Planning for the Next Generation", American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Annual Meeting, March 2009, Rancho Mirage, California.

    Representative Clients:

    • Individuals and families whose net worth range from $2 million to over $1 billion; Owners and managers of family businesses; executives of publicly traded companies; unmarried couples seeking legally enforceable arrangements; Professional fiduciaries: JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Northern Trust Bank, FSB and Comerica Bank; public and private charities and foundations.

    Educational Background:

    • Mr. Grix received a J.D. from the University of Michigan in 1977. Time-Life Education Systems, English Instructor, Osaka, Japan: 1973-74. U.S. Peace Corps in Liberia, West Africa: 1970-173.
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    Office Location for Henry M. Grix

    2600 W. Big Beaver Rd.
    Suite 300
    Troy, MI 48084-3312

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    Last Updated: 2/22/2021

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