Shirley A Kaigler

Shirley A. Kaigler is a partner in the Southfield office of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss. She is the past Practice Group Coordinator of the Firm's Estate Planning/Wealth Planning/Probate Group, specializing in probate and trust administration; estate, tax, retirement and business succession planning; elder law; and health care proxy and special needs issues.

Shirley has experience principally in the area of gift, estate and tax planning for all size estates. Her client base includes business owners, professionals in sole and group practices, corporate executives, educators, retirees and individuals with special needs. Shirley has developed and fostered positive working relationships with major financial institutions in order to coordinate and implement a client's tax, estate or financial plan.

She earned her Bachelor's degree with distinction from Wayne State University and is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. Shirley also earned her LL.M. in Taxation from Wayne State University Law School.

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Published Works

  • Inside the Minds: Elder Law Trusts and Estates Strategies, "Working with the Elderly Client and Their Family in Estate Planning," AspatoreBooks (2008)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" for 2017 in trusts and estates
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Leaders in the Law 2014
  • Michigan Super Lawyer, 2006-2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2018
  • Named one of 20 Michigan Lawyers Weekly Women in the Law 2010
  • dbusiness Top Lawyer, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • HOUR Detroit magazine: Top Women Attorneys in Michigan, 2015

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan Elder Law and Disability Rights Section and Probate and Estate Section—Member
  • Wolverine Bar Association—Member
  • State Bar of Michigan Diversity and Inclusion Committee—Member
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys—Member
  • D. Augustus Straker Bar Foundation—President
  • D. Augustus Straker Bar Association—Member
  • American Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section —Member
  • National Bar Association Probate and Estate Planning Law Section—Member
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education—Probate and Estate Planning Section Advisory Board Member

Civic & Cultural Involvement

  • Detroit Institute of Arts Tannahill Society—Estate Planning Council
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.—Golden Life Member
  • Planned Giving Endowment Program of Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan—Legal Financial Network Group
  • Legacy Associates Foundation—Advisory Board
  • Black United Fund of Michigan, Inc.—Advisory Board
  • Links, Inc., Greater Wayne County Chapter—President
  • Southfield Community Foundation—Board of Trustees, Executive Committee
  • Council of Michigan Foundations—Board of Trustees, Executive Committee

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