MEET OUR FIRM:
James P. Lampertius, Esq., Managing Attorney
James has been practicing in the areas of special needs planning, estate
planning, estate tax, probate administration, elder law and business planning
for over fifteen years, and participates regularly in speaking engagements
and programs related to those areas, including the Speakers Bureau of the
Alzheimer's Association, Angels' Place and the Institute of Continuing Legal
Education (ICLE) of the State Bar of Michigan.
James is a frequent lecturer and writer for the State Bar of Michigan and
has presented on "Financial and Estate Planning for People with Disabilities,
Elder and their Families," "Durable Powers of Attorney for Elders & Persons
with Disability" and "Handling the House for Older Persons and Persons with
Disability". He has served as presenter and commentator for the Probate and
Estate Planning Certificate Program for the 2009 Michigan State Bar Annual
Estate Planning Conference.
Through ICLE he has also presented on "Financial and Estate Planning for
People with Disabilities, Elders and their Families" and served as Commentator
for "Fundamentals of Estate Planning", "Administration of Trusts", "Fundamentals
of Estate Planning", "Administration of Trusts" and "Planning Techniques of the
James has received a Certificate of Completion in the areas of probate and estate
planning issued by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the Probate
and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He is a member of
the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Academy of Special Needs
Planners. He has also served as Chairperson of the 41st Annual Conference on
Issues in Aging, co-sponsored by Wayne State University, Madonna University
and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
A member of the Probate and Estate Planning, Business Planning and Senior
Justice sections of the State Bar of Michigan, the National Academy of Elder
Law Attorneys and the Oakland County Bar Association, James earned his
undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Spanish from the University of Detroit-
Mercy (Valedictorian, 1989), his Juris Doctorate at the University of Michigan
Law School (1992), and a graduate certificate from the Wayne State University
Institute of Gerontology.
Active in charitable and other community organizations, James is on the
Advisory Board of Liberty Riders, a charitable organization dedicated to
providing therapeutic horse back riding programs and Second Chance at Life,
Inc., an organization assisting hospitals and indigent persons needing organ
donation. He assists the Planned Giving Committee of Angels' Place, a group
of homes for adults with developmental disabilities. He assists numerous
public charities in their foundation and administration, including the ACO
Hardware Scholarship Foundation.
James and his wife have adopted their daughters, Jeanne Marie and Ana
Terese, and their sons, Carlos and Perry from Guatemala. They have enjoyed
traveling to Guatemala and sharing our cultures.
Christina L. Borowicz, Esq., Of Counsel Attorney
Christina's practice is focused in the areas of estate planning, elder law, probate,
trust administration and long-term care planning. Christina began working in the
field of geriatrics and case management in 1995 at Specialized Care Services.
She attended Taylor University for her undergraduate education and received her
bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2002. Christina received her juris doctorate
from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in January of 2006. During her time at
Cooley, Christina worked at the Sixty Plus Elder Law Clinic where she gained
further experience in elder law, estate planning and probate work.
Christina is a member of the Greater Michigan Alzheimer's Association Public
Policy Committee, National Association of Elder Law Attorneys and Oakland
County Bar Association. She is working on obtaining her Probate and Estate
Planning Certification from the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.
Margaret Roty, Esq., Associate
Margie received her Bachelors of Nursing degree of the University of Michigan. After working as an oncological nurse, she went back to the University of Michigan Law School and obtained her Juris Doctorate. She has been a member of the State of Michigan since 1991. She worked within the Detroit Medical Center for a number of years, focusing upon medical and hospital risk management. She brings her medical care background to this estate planning firm, assisting with trust, estate, special needs and care planning issues.
Janine E. Johnson, Paralegal/Geriatric Care Coordinator
Prior to joining our firm, Janine has worked and volunteered with persons
with disabilities and with the elderly in assisted living/nursing homes for
Alzheimer's. She has a Bachelor's of General Studies from U of M (Dearborn)
with concentrations in Psychology, Communications and Business and has a
graduate certificate in Gerontology from Eastern Michigan University.
Janine interacts with our clients to assist with a wide variety of issues,
specializing in working with families to complete the Medicaid application
Rochelle R. Nelson, Administrative Assistant
Rochelle has 27 years of experience providing small businesses with bookkeeping
services. As our administrative assistant, she is responsible for our
firm's financial wellbeing.
Cathy A. Kummer, Paralegal/Assistant