Christopher J. Berry

Christopher J. Berry, Esq., CELA | Michigan Estate Planning Lawyer

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Certified Elder Law Attorney

Certified Elder Law attorney Christopher J. Berry is dedicated to helping Michigan seniors, veterans, and their families plan for and cope with the many issues that come with growing older. A native of southeast Michigan, Attorney Berry focuses on the areas of elder law, Medicaid planning, Veterans Benefits, and estate planning.

Excellence in Estate Planning and Elder Law

Attorney Berry is the only Certified Elder Law Attorney in Livingston County, one of a handful in Oakland County, and one of just 17 in all of Michigan. He was the second youngest lawyer in the nation to achieve the designation of Certified Elder Law Attorney, which is the gold standard for elder law attorneys.

In addition to founding The Elder Care Firm, he is an adjunct professor at WMU Cooley Law School, where he teaches 2nd and 3rd year law school students elder law as well as the author of “The Caregiver’s Legal Guide to Planning for a Loved One with Chronic Illness.” Plus, he is the originator of The Castle Trust, which is an asset protection trust where you can remain in control of your assets.

Due to his law firm's national recognition, attorneys across the nation have hired Attorney Berry as a consultant and coach for their law practices.

Certified Elder Law Attorney

Certified Elder Law Attorney, Christopher J. Berry is one of the highest rated estate planning and elder law attorneys in Michigan. Avvo, an unbiased and well-known attorney’s national ranking system, rated him 10 out of 10, the highest possible rating. His peers chose him as a Best Lawyer for Elder Law & Estate Planning on the list of the Best Lawyers in America and the DBusiness Magazine. Moreover, he received the Spirit of Detroit award for his efforts on behalf of the community of Metro-Detroit.

Some of Attorney Berry's awards and recognition include:

  • Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), which is the top .1% of all attorneys for estate planning and elder law
  • Published author on estate planning and elder law
  • Paid consultant and educator to lawyers and financial planners
  • Nation's Top One Percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Lawyer of the Year, Michigan NAELA
  • Spirit of Detroit Award for service to Metro-Detroit, Detroit City Counsel
  • 10/10 Superb Lawyer, AVVO
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Estate Planning Top Lawyer, DBusiness Magazine
  • Alzheimer's Champion, Alzheimer's Association

Attorney Berry currently serves (or has served)

  • Walk to End Alzheimer's Committee Member and top fundraiser for the Brighton Walk to End Alzheimer's
  • Leadership Oakland County Graduate
  • Leadership Livingston County Participant
  • Advisory Board Member for The Willows in Howell
  • Advisory Board Member for The Lakes in Novi
  • Board of Trustee for The Michigan Presbyterian Villages, Oakland Woods’ Villages,
  • Board of Directors for Easter Seals of Michigan
  • Probate and Estate Committee of Oakland County Bar Association’s member
  • Member of the Veterans Committee of Oakland County Bar Association
  • Member of the Disability and Elder Law section and the Probate section of the Michigan State Bar
  • Legal Services Network of AARP member
  • NAELA (National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys) Tax section’s member
  • Member of Government Assistance Planning for NAELA for Wealth Counsel, Elder Counsel, and the Alliance for Elder Care Matters
  • Member of the Unauthorized Law Practice Committee of Michigan’s State Bar, which assists the public in matters concerning the unauthorized practice of law
  • Member of the committee of Governmental Benefits section of NAELA
  • Board of Directors member for the NAELA-MI (Michigan National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys)
  • President of NAELA-MI chapter.

Attorney Berry is a sought-after speaker and writer on a range of elder law topics, including long-term care planning, Veterans Benefits and Medicaid planning. He was a featured guest blogger for Wealth Counsel and the National Financial Planning Association. In addition, he had an article published through the Elder Law Attorneys’ National Academy, which addressed Medicaid Planning and Veterans Benefits issues.

When not helping Michigan families with their legal planning, he is spending time with his family, including his young children, Ryan and Madison. In addition to quality family time, he enjoys CrossFit and has recently started Jiu-Jitsu. Chris is a co-owner of CrossFit North Industry in Livonia, Michigan.