Nancy L. Little

Nancy L. Little

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Nancy Little is a shareholder with the firm of Buhl, Little, Lynwood & Harris, PLC. She represents clients around the State of Michigan in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, estate and gift tax, and trust and estate litigation. Nancy is a past chair of the State Bar of Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Section, and she has served as editor of the State Bar’s Probate & Estate Planning Journal since 2001. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and has been named among the Best Lawyers in America since 1995; Best Lawyers named her the Lansing area’s “Lawyer of the Year” in Trusts and Estates in 2015 and in Trusts and Estates Litigation in 2012. Super Lawyers named Nancy as among the “Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan” and the “Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan”, and she was honored as one of 20 “Michigan Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in 2011. She was named by db Journal as among “Detroit’s Top Lawyers” in 2017 and by Detroit Hour Magazine as one of the “Top Women Attorneys in Michigan” in 2018. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, genealogy, and volunteer work in the community.

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Estate and Gift Tax
  • Estate and Trust Administration
  • Fiduciary Law and Probate Litigation
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships


  • University of Michigan, J.D.,1989
  • Wayne State University, B.A., 1986, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Community Service

  • American Red Cross - Livingston County Chapter
    • • Board of Directors, 2012-2015
      Capital Region Community Foundation
      • Board of Directors, 2004-2011; Secretary, 2006-2008; Chair-Elect, 2009; Chair, 2010
      Lansing Community College Foundation
      • Board of Directors, 1999-2006; Chair, 2003-2005; Secretary, 2001-2003
      Capital Area United Way Planned Giving Committee, 2006-2009
      Capitol Area Humane Society; Board of Directors, 2010-2014; Secretary, 2013
      Service for Soldiers (a program to provide pro bono legal services to deploying troops)
      American Inns of Court for Michigan State University, Detroit College of Law, 2001-2004
      St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, Brighton
      • Finance Council, 2017-Present
      • Pastoral Council, 2019-Present
      Lansing Rotary Member

Professional Associations & Honors

  • State Bar of Michigan Member
    • Probate and Estate Planning Section; Council Member, 2000-2010; Chair, 2008-2009; Chair Elect, 2007-2008; Vice-Chair, 2006-2007; Secretary, 2005- 2006; Treasurer, 2004-2005
    Editor of the State Bar of Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, 2001-present
    Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
    Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, 1995-Present, in the areas of Trusts and Estates, Litigation - Trusts and Estates, Real Estate Law
    Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and Crain's Detroit Business as Lansing area's "2012 Lawyer of the Year - Litigation - Trusts and Estates"
    Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and Crain's Detroit Business as the Lansing area's "2015 Lawyer of the Year - Trusts and Estates"
  • Recognized by the Detroit Hour Magazine as among the "Top 25 Women Lawyers in Michigan"
    Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-Present, in Probate and Estate Planning, Estate and Trust Litigation
  • Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers as among “Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan”
    Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers as among "Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan”
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education Advisory Board, 2006-2019
  • • Author, Informal Estate Proceedings in Michigan (ICLE)
  • • Co-Author, Attorney Fee Agreements in Michigan (ICLE)
  • • Co-Author, Michigan Probate Litigation (ICLE)
  • • Co-Author, Trust Administration Under the Michigan Trust Code (ICLE)
  • • Author, Administering Insolvent Estates (ICLE)
  • • Author, Michigan Legal Forms - Estate Planning (Thomson Reuters)
  • Named in Who’s Who in American Law
    Named in Cambridge's Who's Who
    Ingham County Bar Association
    • Probate and Estate Planning Law Section
    Greater Lansing Estate Planning Council Member
    • Past Member of the Board of Directors
    AV rated in Martindale Hubbell