Leydorf Law Firm, PLLC

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About Leydorf Law Firm, PLLC

Estate Planning Law Firm in Lansing, Michigan

About Us

My name is Nick Leydorf and I’m an estate planning and elder law attorney. I’m from a little town in the middle of nowhere, Bannister, Michigan. I went to Ovid-Elsie High School which is in the middle of cornfields and where there are more cows than people. Even though I played multiple sports, the only scholarship I received was one for Quiz Bowl to Michigan State. My freshman year there I met my wife, Anjuli. She’s a classically trained opera singer and received her degree from Peabody Conservatory, a part of John’s Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. I attended law school in Washington, DC at The Catholic University of America and after graduating cum laude, I moved back to Michigan to start my career. Anjuli and I have one son, Julian, who knows more about dinosaurs than anyone I know.

My practice is dedicated to helping families get their affairs in order so that they can stay out of court and out of conflict. I’ve experienced first-hand how a lack of planning can have a terrible impact on a family. One morning, my wife received a phone call that her mother had been found unconscious in her bathroom and had been rushed to a local hospital. We panicked and drove to Grand Rapids as fast as we could to be with her. For two weeks, she never regained consciousness and she passed away. My wife and I were devastated.

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Like many people, she didn’t have any of her affairs in order like a trust, will, or power of attorney. Difficult decisions had to be made regarding her care and we had nothing in writing to guide us. Once she passed, we then had to deal with probate, which is the legal process to transfer assets from the deceased person to their living relatives. It’s a confusing and time-consuming process. On top of that, we had to travel to Grand Rapids to do it, which is about an hour away from where we live. At that time, my wife needed to grieve the loss of her mother, not have to deal with a court. Neither my wife nor I were angry with my mother in law, but we wished that she had taken the time to make a plan so that we knew her wishes and were able to do what she wanted without having to go to court.

After we had figured everything out, I knew that I wanted to dedicate my practice to working with families and educating them so that they can avoid what happened to my mother in law. There are very few certainties in life. Unfortunately, one of them is that at some point we will die. If you die without a plan for your assets, you will leave a mess for the loved ones you leave behind. My goal is to make the estate planning process as simple as possible so that you can have peace of mind that your loved ones will be kept out of court and out of conflict when you die.

Memberships and Accreditations

elder law college
Best probate lawyer in Lansing
Best of Lansing
State bar of Michigan
Avvo

Client Success Stories

Leah Atkinson
Leah Atkinson
March 7, 2022.
Nick has been helping me with my mother's estate since she passed over 2 years ago. He has been a godsend! Always easily flexible and responds very quickly if something urgent came up. He was very helpful with understanding the processes of everything we were doing. Then after almost 2 & 1/2 years, his final invoice was wayyy cheaper than I expected (not really knowing the going rate for estate work). This was a very trying time in my family's life and Nick made it so much easier! Thank you Nick!
Tanya Pattison
Tanya Pattison
August 2, 2020.
Roger deuce
Roger deuce
July 30, 2020.
Provides top notch services at affordable prices. Highly recommended
LouisDMichael
LouisDMichael
July 30, 2020.
If you’re in need for an attorney in the greater Lansing area, you can do no better than Nicholas Leydorf. Do yourself the justice of having him as your counselor.
Shandra Bremer
Shandra Bremer
July 30, 2020.
Needing a lawyer is never fun, but Mr. Leydorf made the experience quick and painless. He got the job done, and we felt like we were in good hands the entire time.
Anjuli Baraily
Anjuli Baraily
July 28, 2020.
Roy Salas
Roy Salas
July 24, 2020.
Mr leydorf represented me like he was the one on the stand. Best court experience ever!!!
Erica Johnson
Erica Johnson
July 17, 2020.
Nick is an excellent attorney! From the first time I met him he was very informative, responded to all my questions and was caring and understanding. I got the best possible outcome and I will definitely refer Nick to anyone that needs a great attorney! He goes above and beyond for his client!
Gravity Smokehouse
Gravity Smokehouse
June 24, 2020.
Nick followed through with everything and was very responsive with any questions or concerns that came up. Nick is very personable and easy to talk with as well.
Megan Bryers
Megan Bryers
March 6, 2020.

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