Katie Lynwood

Katie Lynwood

Shareholder // klynwood@bllhlaw.com

Katie Lynwood is a shareholder with Buhl, Little, Lynwood & Harris, PLC and practices in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, and elder law, including Medicaid planning. Katie is licensed to practice in both Michigan and Florida. She is a member of the Probate and Estate Planning Council of the State Bar of Michigan. She is a past president for the Greater Lansing Estate Planning Council and served as treasurer of the board for the Junior League of Lansing. She is a frequent speaker and author on topics related to Medicaid planning, elder law, and probate and estate planning. In 2013 Katie received the Ingham County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Top 5 Under 35 Award and the "Michigan Lawyers Weekly" Up & Coming Award. In October 2014 she was named as one of the 10 Over the Next Ten young professionals by the Lansing Regional Chamber. She was named a Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star in the areas of Estate Planning and Probate in 2013 - 2018.

Katie is originally from East Lansing, and graduated from Michigan State University undergraduate program and law school. She lives in East Lansing with her husband Rex, and their daughter. She enjoys golfing, travel, spending time with her family and friends, and giving back to the community by serving on nonprofit boards.

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Estate and Trust Administration
  • Fiduciary Law and Probate Litigation
  • Family Law (Divorce)
  • Florida matters relating to Estate Planning, Estate and Trust Administration and Real Estate

Education

Michigan State University College of Law, Juris Doctor, 2008Michigan State University, Bachelor of Arts, 2004, with honors

Community Service

Capital Region Community Foundation Board of Trustees, 2015 - Present
• Junior League of Lansing, Michigan, 2008 - Present
•  Treasurer, Board of Directors, 2013 - 2014
Endowment Treasurer, Endowment Board of Trustees, 2014 - 2015
Autism Alliance Partner, 2010 - Present

Professional Associations & Honors

State Bar of Michigan, Admitted November 2008
  • Young Lawyers Section, 2008 – 2014
  • Probate and Estate Planning Section, 2009 – Present
  • Elder Law Section, 2011 - Present
  • Family Law Section, 2012 - Present
State Bar of Michigan Probate Council
  • Council Member, 2015 - Present
  • Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Chair, 2015 - Present
  • Guardianship, Conservatorship, End of Life Committee, Vice Chair, 2013 - Present
  • Citizens Outreach Committee, 2014 - Present
Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Executive Committee, 2015 - Present
    New Lawyers Advisory Board, 2011 - 2015
Ingham County Bar Association, 2008 – Present
  • Young Lawyers Section, 2008 – 2014
  • Probate and Trust Law Section, 2008 – Present
  • Family Law Section, 2008 – Present
Women Lawyers Association, Michigan, 2008 – Present
  • Mentor – Women Lawyer’s Association/Cooley Law School mentor program, 2010 – 2011
Greater Lansing Estate Planning Council, 2009-Present
  • President (2012-2013)
  • Vice-President (2011-2012)
  • Board Member (2011-2014)
The Florida Bar, Admitted April 2011
  • Young Lawyers Section, 2011 – Present
  • Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, 2011 – Present
  • Elder Law Section, 2011 – Present
  • Family Law Section, 2011 – Present 
Awards
  • Named as a Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star in the areas of Estate Planning & Probate, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Recipient of the Lansing Regional Chamber “10 Over the Next Ten” Award, September 2014
  • Recipient of the Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Up & Coming Lawyers” Award, December 2013
  • Recipient of the Ingham County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, “Top 5 Under 35” Award, March 2013
Related Experience, Presentations & Publications
  • Radio interview with Tom Matt’s “Boomer’s Rock” radio talk show, "Elder Law and Estate Planning – Segment 3”, December 2015
  • Presentation for the Greater Lansing Estate Planning Council, “Medicaid Updates – 2015”, October 2015
  • Presentation for the State Bar of Michigan Elder Law and Disability Rights Section annual fall conference “Real Estate Issues for the Elderly”, October 2015 
    ·Moderator for the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education 1st Annual Elder Law Institute, September 2015
    ·Radio interview with Tom Matt’s “Boomer’s Rock” radio talk show, "Elder Law and Estate Planning – Segment 2”, August 2015
    ·Authored “Top Tips For Spotting and Dealing with Elder Exploitation during Estate Planning” for the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education, August 2015          
    ·Radio interview with Tom Matt’s “Boomer’s Rock” radio talk show "Elder Law and Estate Planning – Segment 1”, June 2015
    ·Seminar for the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education "Estate Planning for Intellectual Property Assets”, April 2015 
    ·Presentation for the Saginaw ISD Parent Advisory Committee at the Parent Information Expo “Estate Planning for Your Child With Special Needs”, March 2015 
    ·Presentation for the Jackson County Estate Planning Council "Prenuptial Agreements and Estate Planning”, March 2015
    ·Co-Author of “Hey, What’s the Big Idea?! Why Estate Planners Need to Understand the Basics of Intellectual Property” published in the State Bar of Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal, Winter 2014                                                         
    ·Presentation for the State Bar of Michigan Senior Education Program “Who Should You Trust”, August 2014
    ·Co-Presenter for the Elder Law of Michigan’s Medicaid Boot Camp, April 2014
    ·Authored “Draft a Prenuptial Agreement, How-To Kit” for the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education, January 2014
    ·Received a Certificate of Completion in the areas of probate and estate planning issued by the Institute of Continued Legal Education and Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan, 2012
    ·Presentation for the Ingham County Bar Association - Probate and Trust Law Section “Capacity Issues and Assessing Client Capacity”, March 2012    
    ·Co-Author of “Estate Recovery Is Now In Play” published in the State Bar of Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal, Winter 2011                                                            
    ·Presentation for the Ingham County Bar Association - Probate and Trust Law Section “Coordinating Prenuptial Agreements with Estate Plans”, January 2011                             
    ·Guest Lecturer, Cooley Law School, Law Practice Management, 2010 - 2011