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Shaheen I. Imami
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Bloomfield Hills, MI

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Shaheen I. Imami is a 1995 graduate of Georgia State University College of Law and a 1991 graduate of Michigan State University.  Shaheen joined Prince Law Firm in 2002 after spending the previous seven years in solo and other private practice.  Shaheen became a shareholder in 2004 and the managing shareholder in 2017 (succeeding Pat Prince).

Shaheen’s main areas of practice are trust, estate, and probate litigation, trust and estate administration, trust and estate appellate work, estate planning, associated business and real estate law, and general civil litigation.  He also successfully completed the 40-hour General Civil Case Mediator Training conducted by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and is a certified civil mediator.

He is a past Chair, Executive Committee, and Council Member for the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan.  In 2013, Shaheen was elected as Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), where he is an active member of the Fiduciary Practice and Fiduciary Litigation committees.  In addition, he is a member of the Business Law and ADR Sections of the State Bar of Michigan, the Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association, and other local bar associations.

Shaheen is a co-author of chapters in Michigan Probate Litigation - A Guide to Contested Matters (ICLE, 2005-2016), Trust Administration under the Michigan Trust Code (ICLE, 2005-2016), and Michigan Revocable Grantor Trusts, 3d Ed. (ICLE, 2000-2016), as well as the article, “The Probate Judge Ordered Mediation – Now What?” for the Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal (Fall 2002).  In addition, he is a regular speaker and contributor to seminars sponsored by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education on topics related to the litigation and administration of trusts, estates, and other probate matters.  He also has been a contributing author for Michigan’s Probate and Estate Planning Journal.

Shaheen is grateful to be honored by Michigan Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Dbusiness (as a Detroit Top Lawyer), and as AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Areas Of Practice

  • Trust, Estate, and Probate Litigation 65%
  • Trust, Estate, and Probate Administration 20%
  • Trust, Estate, and Probate Appeals 5%
  • Estate Planning 10%

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Civil Mediator under Michigan Court Rule 2.411

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1995

Education

  • Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
    • J.D.
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
    • B.A.
    • Major: Accounting

Published Works

  • "The Probate Judge Ordered Mediation - Now What?", (Co- Author), Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal, Vol. 22 No.1, 2002
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duties, ICLE, 2003
  • "Michigan Probate Litigation", (Co- Author), Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2003
  • "Preparing for Evidentiary Hearings and Discovery of Medical, Health, and Pharmacy Records", 44th Annual Probate and Estate Planning Institute, 2004
  • "Breach of Fiduciary Duties," Michigan Probate Litigation - A Guide to Contested Matters, (Co-Author), Ch. 8, ICLE, 2010
  • "Trustee Duties & Liabilities," Trust Administration under the Michigan Trust Code, (Co-Author), Ch. 2, ICLE, 2010
  • "Revocable Grantor Trusts & the Taxable Estate," in Michigan Revocable Grantor Trusts, (Co-Author), Ch. 2, 3d Ed., ICLE, 2010

Classes/Seminars

  • Fundamentals of Estate Administration, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2004 to Present
  • Fundamentals of Trust Administration, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2010
  • Fundamentals of Trust Administration - Judicial Proceedings, ICLE , 2010
  • Malpractice Traps for the Unwary Estate Planner, 48th Annual Probate and Estate Planning Institute, 2008
  • Fundamentals in Estate Administration - Claims Against the Estate, ICLE, 2004 to 2007
  • Fundamentals in Estate Administration - Claims Against the Estate, ICLE, 2009
  • Preparing for Evidentiary Hearings and Discovery of Medical, Health, and Pharmacy Records, 44th Annual Probate and Estate Planning Institute, ICLE, 2004
  • Regular Contributor to the Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal

Honors and Awards

  • Michigan Super Lawyers - Rising Star in Trust & Estate Litigation
  • Best Lawyers 2012-2014 for Litigation -Trusts & Estates
  • Best Lawyers 2014 for Trusts & Estates
  • Detroit Top Lawyer for 2013 by DBusiness
  • AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell for Trusts & Estates Law & Litigation
  • Best Law Firm 2012-2013 for Trusts & Estates Litigation (Tier 1 Detroit) and for Trusts & Estates Law (Tier 2 Detroit)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate & Estate Planning Section, Chair
  • ABA - Real Property, Trust, & Estate Law Section, Member
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow
  • ADR Sections of the State Bar of Michigan, Member

Estate Planning Law Blog

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How an inventory of assets protects the executor of an estate

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Revisiting estate planning goals after the end of a marriage

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