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   3Donald F. Carney Jr.Birmingham(248) 645-9680dcarney@berrymoorman.comdcarney@berrymoorman.comBerry Moorman PCwww.berrymoorman.comwww.berrymoorman.comcarneydonaldf.jpgTrust, Will & Estate Planning LawAlternative Dispute ResolutionEstate PlanningEstate Trust AdministrationEstate and Trust Administration
Donald F. Carney
Berry Moorman PC
255 E Brown St Ste 320
Birmingham MI 48009
Ph.(248) 645-9680 Fx.(248) 645-1233
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law    Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Estate Planning
    Estate Trust Administration
    Estate and Trust Administration
Advisory Board Member
County:  Oakland
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Donald F. Carney, Jr. concentrates his practice in the areas of estate and trust litigation, administration and planning, and alternative dispute resolution. He has been annually selected as a Michigan Super Lawyer in trust and estate litigation since 2006. He has also been selected as a Leading Lawyer in Michigan since 2016.

Mr. Carney graduated from the Detroit College of Law in 1976 and was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Michigan State University in 1970.

Bar Admissions:  
Michigan, 1976

Law School:  Detroit College of Law, J.D., 1976

Undergraduate School:  Michigan State University, B.A., 1970

Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  Cum laude

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
American Bar Association
  Real Property Section
  Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section
  Probate and Trust Law Section
  Litigation Section
  Estate and Trust Litigation Committee
State Bar of Michigan
  Corporation Section
  Finance and Business Law Section
  Probate and Trust Law Section
  Real Property Law Section
  Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
Oakland County Bar Association
  Probate, Estate and Trust Committee
    Past chairman
Macomb County Bar Association
The Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit, Inc.

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, trust and estate litigation, 2006-present
  • Michigan Leading Lawyers, trust, will & estate planning law, 2016-present

Community Involvement:  
City of Birmingham
  Commissioner, 2001-2009
  Mayor Pro Tem, 2003, 2007
  Mayor, 2004, 2008
Orchard Lake Country Club
  President, 2010

Published Legal Writing:  
"The Right to a Nonjury Trial in Probate Court," Laches, August 1991

Legal Lectures:  
"Pre and Post Mortem Steps To Protect Clients’ Estate Plans Against Will and Trust Contests," ICLE 1992 Advanced Estate Planning Institute

"Testamentary Capacity — The Legal Test," Macomb County Bar Association Probate Seminar, February 23, 1995

"Fiduciary Liability," Macomb County Probate Bar Association and The Financial and Estate Planning Council of Macomb, February 26, 1999

"Fiduciary Liability," Oakland County Bar Association Probate, Estate and Trust Committee, April 26, 1999

"Mean What You Say, Say What You Mean: Litigating Document Construction," 42nd Annual Probate and Estate Planning Institute, ICLE, 2002

University of Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education

Mr. Carney has also served as local commentator for the American Law Institute and the ABA Committee on Continuing Professional Education on such topics as "Estate Administration: Dollars and Sense," "Estate Planning for the Elderly" and "Will Drafting Techniques."

Firm Description:  
Since 1926, Berry Moorman has delivered skilled legal counsel and exceptional service to its clients. The firm represents individuals and businesses in diverse industries and pursuits. The firm’s business clients range from small and emerging enterprises to large, publicly held corporations, governmental bodies and educational and charitable organizations. The firm’s attorneys are admitted to practice in Michigan and several other jurisdictions, including Ohio, Florida, and Russia. With three offices in metropolitan Detroit the firm serves clients in Michigan and throughout the world.

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