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James P. Spica

500 Woodward Ave Ste 4000
Detroit, Michigan 48226-3425
Phone: (313) 223-3090
Fax: (313) 223-3598
Probate & Estate Planning Advisory Board Member
Practice areas: Probate/Estate Planning

James P. Spica is the principal author of the Michigan Personal Property Trust Perpetuities Act of 2008 and of the multi-statute Michigan "trust decanting" regime enacted in 2012. He is a Commissioner (appointed by the Michigan Legislative Council) to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, also known as the Uniform Law Commission (ULC), and a member of the ULC's Fiduciary Income and Principal Act (UFIPA) Drafting Committee. He is the American Bar Association (ABA) Advisor to the ULC's Directed Trust Drafting Committee and served on the ad hoc committee of the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section that drafted the Section's response to the U.S. Treasury Department's request (IRS Notice 2011-101) for comments on the tax implications of trust decanting. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), a member of the ACTEC State Laws Committee, a member of the Michigan Commission on Uniform State Laws, chair of the UFIPA Committee of the Council of the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan (Council), chair of the Council's Divided and Directed Trusteeships ad Hoc Committee, and a former member of the Council (2006-2015). He is listed in Chambers High Net Worth Guide, The Best Lawyers in America, Michigan Super Lawyers, Leading Lawyers, and dBusiness Top Lawyers. Mr. Spica clerked for Hon. Richard C. Wilbur on the U.S. Tax Court (1985) and taught jurisprudence, taxation, trusts, and decedents' estates as an assistant/associate professor of law at the University of Detroit Mercy (1989-2000, tenured 1996).

Featured ICLE Contributions:

Michigan Estate Planning Handbook, Third Edition (Book)
Michigan Probate Sourcebook, Third Edition (Book)
Trust Administration Under the Michigan Trust Code (Book)
Probate & Estate Planning Institute, 56th Annual (Seminar)
Probate & Estate Planning Institute, 57th Annual (Seminar)
Drafting Estate Planning Documents, 26th Annual (Seminar)
Probate & Estate Planning Institute, 58th Annual (Seminar)