I enjoy the interaction with people where I can explain something that may seem complex in a way that helps them understand.
As a former teacher, I do enjoy those ah-ha moments where things click. I enjoy talking with clients and getting to know them and their situation, so that I can find the best possible solutions for their needs. I believe that effective estate planning is a critical component of my client’s life planning.
I believe that family fights over inheritance are unnecessary and wasteful. Families achieve better outcomes through planning rather than fighting. While it is impossible to prevent people from fighting, I discuss with my clients issues that may exist and try to implement solutions now to problems that may later turn into litigation.
As an estate planning attorney, I strive to help you plan for the unknown catastrophes, the known eventualities, and everything in between. By planning, you can gain peace of mind that your loved ones are taken care of in the best way if something should happen to you. As part of the process, I listen to my clients to understand their goals and needs. Using this information, we create solutions to their unique problems. I use many different estate planning tools, like trusts, wills, and powers of attorney, to create client-centered solutions.
I communicate clearly and without legalese, so clients are empowered to make the best decisions for their situations. Together, we can work to make sure that we not only create a plan that incorporates the clients goal’s but that we implement the plan, so when your estate plan is executed it is successful.
To stay up-to-date with the latest developments I am a member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, and a member of WealthCounsel. WealthCounsel is a national community of estate planning professionals committed to the highest standards. It is a collaborative organization that has seminars and webinars to provide me with the latest tools and ideas.
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Mr. Dafoe was born in Saginaw County and graduated from Frankenmuth High School in 1997. He attended Western Michigan University where, in 2002, he received a Bachelor of Arts in history and education. Following graduation, he taught government, economics and history at River Valley High School in Three Oaks, Michigan. While teaching he began attending The Thomas M. Cooley Law School, and graduated Cum Laude in 2009.
At Cooley, Mr. Dafoe was named top oralist in the Melissa Mitchell Criminal Procedure Competition and received the book award in Constitutional Law I. Mr. Dafoe has interned at two firms, in Saginaw and Kalamazoo, working in the areas of municipal law, labor and employment law, and civil rights.
Mr. Dafoe focuses his practice on estate planning, probate, trust litigation, real estate, business representation and general civil litigation.
Admitted to Practice Law in 2009.
Admitted to Practice in the State of Michigan, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, and United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Areas of Practice
Real estate, land contracts, commercial leases, residential leases, purchase agreements, deeds, civil litigation, breach of contract, estate planning, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney, probate, trust and estate litigation, employee handbooks, labor law compliance, non-compete agreements, severance agreements, confidentiality agreements, business formation, LLC operation agreements and business transfer planning.
Western Michigan University, Bachelor of Arts in History and Secondary Education, 2002
Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Juris Doctorate Cum Laude, 2009
Saginaw County Bar; State of Michigan Bar, Estate Planning Section
Saginaw Young Professionals Executive Steering Committee, 2010-2011;
Frankenmuth Jaycees Executive Board, Legal Counsel, 2010-present;
Frankenmuth Rotary, 2013 – Present
Law Day Advisor, Frankenmuth 2011-Present
Adjunct Professor at Delta College for Department of Social Sciences for Political Science 103, National Government. 2010 – 2013
Why trust your personal legal matters to a big, impersonal firm…
When a local attorney from Frankenmuth can get you the results you really want?
Local attorney Travis Dafoe is a Saginaw County native with five+ years of legal experience. His Frankenmuth legal practice focuses on estate planning, probate, trust administration, real estate law, business law and elder law.
Mr. Dafoe is admitted to practice law in Michigan state and federal courts, and he is well qualified to assist you with your personal legal matters.