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Richard C. Mills

Marcoux Allen PC
Jackson, Michigan

Probate & Estate Planning Advisory Board Member
Richard C. Mills practices in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, and charitable giving. He has been involved in the drafting of all major Michigan trust legislation since the enactment of the Michigan Trust Code, including Michigan's trust decanting law drafted by James P. Spica; Michigan's domestic asset protection trust law (for which he served as a drafter under Robert P. Tiplady, the law's principal drafter); and Michigan's divided and directed trusteeship law, also principally drafted by James P. Spica. At the federal level, Mr. Mills served on an American Bar Association (ABA) work group that made recommendations to the Department of Treasury on proposed donor-advised fund regulations and serves as an observer to the Uniform Law Commission's Fundraising Through Public Appeals Act Committee. He is a member of the Probate and Estate Planning Council of the State Bar of Michigan, for which he chairs the Council's State Bar and Section Journals Committee, and is an assistant editor of the "Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal." He is also a leader in the ABA Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law Section, for which he currently cochairs the section's Charitable Organizations Committee. In 2020 Mr. Mills was named a Super Lawyer in estate planning and probate by "Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine" and was previously a Rising Star since 2013. He is a frequent speaker for ICLE, for which he serves on the Probate and Estate Planning Advisory Board. Mr. Mills has spoken to statewide and national conferences, including the National CLE Conference for the ABA Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law Section. He was awarded the 2015 Excellence in Writing Award for Best Practical Use Article from "Probate and Property Magazine." Locally Mr. Mills enjoys serving on several community boards, including the board of the Jackson Community Foundation. He formerly served as board chair of the Ella Sharp Museum. He is currently authoring a book with Monica Moser, chief executive officer of the Jackson Community Foundation, on building a culture of philanthropy in a small community.
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