The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law


Allan J. Claypool

Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, PC
313 South Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933-2193

Phone: (517) 371-8264
Fax: (517) 371-8200


With the firm since 1969, Allan is a senior member of the Business & Tax Department, primarily practicing in Probate, Estate and closely held business planning. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1988.

Born in Battle Creek Michigan, Allan is a United States Naval Academy alumnus and recieved his juris doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1969.

Allan is a past member and Chairman of the Michigan Tax Council, a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and past Chairman of the Greater Lansing Family Affairs Month Committee. He is a member of the International Bar Association and the Michigan Bar, serving as past chairman of the State Bar of Michigan`s Estates and Trusts Committee and Legislative Committee of the Probate and Estate Planning Section. Allan is a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation, and served as Director and past president of the Ingham County Bar Association, Chairman of the Ingham County Bar Estate and Trusts Committee. He also served as President and Director of the Greater Lansing Estate Planning Coincil, and was a member of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law.

Allan`s other activities have included membership in the Rotary Club of Lansing, past Chairperson for the American Red Cross` Mid-Michigan Chapter and Great Lakes Regional Blood Center, Director of the Greater Lansing Symphony Association and Director of the Michigan State Chamber of Commerce.

Allan is married and enjoys the company of his two grown children. He is an avid jogger and enjoys staying fit.


Senior Attorney in the firm`s Business & Tax Department and has practiced principally in the fields of estate and business planning, probate and trust law since 1969. Extensive experience in document drafting, estate administration, trust litigation issues, tax returns, audits, Tax Court. Occasionally serves as expert witness or advisor to litigation counsel in legal malpractice involving trust and estate matters. While practicing full time, served as Adjunct Professor at Cooley Law School, teaching estate planning.


Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Past Chairperson of Taxation Section of State Bar of Michigan and six years service on the Tax Council of the Taxation Section. Former member of Probate Council of the Probate & Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Previous service on several American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, and Ingham County Bar Association committees on estate and business planning subjects. Founder (1970), past Director and President of the Greater Lansing Estate Planning Council. Listed for the past several years under "Trusts and Estates", and "Tax and Employee Benefits Law" in The Best Lawyer in America, published by Woodward & White.


Course materials were published for several ICLE presentations, as well as several other sponsoring organizations.

Michigan Bar Journal--
"Family Businesses Adversely Impacted by IRS Section 2036(c)" (1989)
"Basic Income and Estate Planning for Attorneys" (2/83)
"Highlights of the Pension Reform Act of 1974" (ERISA) (1/75)
"Irrevocable Trusts" (11/73)

Michigan Probate Journal--
"Understanding Recent Gift & Estate Tax Changes Critical to Estate Planning for Family Businesses" (1991)


Annapolis (B.S., 1962)
University of Michigan (J.D., 1969)

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