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Hon. Michael J. McClory

Detroit, Michigan

Hon. Michael J. McClory was appointed a Wayne County Probate Court Judge on November 1, 2022. Judge McClory was elected to a six-year term effective January 1, 2023. He is currently assigned to the Juvenile Section of the Family Division of the Wayne County Circuit Court, where he hears abuse\neglect, delinquency, and adoption proceedings. Judge McClory oversees Juvenile Mental Health Court. Prior to becoming a judge, he served as the chief deputy probate register for the Wayne County Probate Court. Judge McClory’s professional career has been in the areas of estate planning, administration and probate. He is a past chair of the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Judge McClory is a former member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Representative Assembly. He previously served on the Michigan Supreme Court’s Estates and Trusts, Guardianship and Conservatorship, and Mental Health Forms Committees. Judge McClory is an adjunct professor at Cooley Law School. He is a recipient of the Michael W. Irish Award, presented by the Probate and Estate Planning Section, for outstanding contributions to the estate planning profession. Judge McClory is a frequent lecturer on probate practice and procedure the Michigan Probate and Juvenile Registers Association, the Michigan Judicial Institute, and numerous other groups. His articles on probate law have been published in the Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal: “MCR 5.101 and the Limits of Probate Court Jurisdiction”; “Joint Financial Accounts: Legal Analysis and Litigation Tips”; and “EPIC’s Antilapse Provisions: An Analysis”.