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James P. Spica

Southfield, Michigan


James P. Spica is the principal author of the divided trusteeship provisions added to the Michigan Trust Code by 2018 PA 662, the multi-statute Michigan trust decanting regime (2012 PA 483-485), and Michigan's Personal Property Trust Perpetuities Act (2008 PA 148). He is a commissioner (appointed by the Michigan Legislative Council) to the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) who serves on the ULC's Drafting Committees, including those for the Uniform Conflict of Laws in Trusts and Estates Act and the Uniform Fiduciary Income and Principal Act (UFIPA). Mr. Spica was the American Bar Association (ABA) Advisor to the ULC's Uniform Directed Trust Drafting Committee and served on the ad hoc committee of the ABA's Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section that drafted the Section's response to the Treasury Department's request (in IRS Notice 2011-101) for comments on the tax implications of trust decanting. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), a member of the ACTEC State Laws and Legal Education Committees, vice chair of the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan, chair of the Section Council's UFIPA Committee, and cochair of the Councils Nonbanking Entity Trust Powers Committee. He is listed in Chambers High Net Worth guide and by Michigan Super Lawyers. Mr. Spica has been recognized as the Detroit Lawyer of the Year for Litigation and Trusts and Estates by "The Best Lawyers in America" in 2019, in Leading Lawyers' Top 10 Trust, Will & Estate Planning - Michigan Edition 2020, and as a Top Lawyer by "DBusiness." He clerked for Hon. Richard C. Wilbur on the U.S. Tax Court in 1985 and taught jurisprudence, taxation, and trusts and estates as an assistant/associate professor of law at University of Detroit Mercy from 1989 to 2000, where he was tenured in 1996.
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