Howard H. Collens

Member
Attorney and Counselor
Location:
Huntington Woods, Michigan
Phone:
248-397-5507
888-349-0309
Fax:
248-545-2520
Email:

Howard H. Collens, as an attorney and counselor, listens to his clients, understands their goals and offers creative, effective solutions to meet their needs.

He advises clients in estate planning for estates of every size. Focusing on the unique aspects of each representation, Mr. Collens tailors trusts, wills and powers of attorney to meet the present and changing needs of his clients.

Mr. Collens is a trusted counselor for those seeking representation for estate administration. He helps families following the death of a loved one as they navigate the complexities of the probate process or trust administration. He regularly guides his clients through the sale, distribution, or short sale of real estate holdings by probate and trust estates. With litigation experience in the probate courts throughout metropolitan Detroit, Mr. Collens is a strong advocate for those involved in contested estates, trusts or other probate cases.

With understanding and compassion, Mr. Collens assists individuals and their families in planning for their long-term care needs. He eases the process of applying for and obtaining Medicaid benefits to pay for such care. With the arrival of estate recovery in Michigan, proper titling of real estate is even more important today than ever.

He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the State Bar's Probate and Estate Planning Section and the Elder Law and Disability Rights Section and the Wayne County Probate Bar Association. He has obtained the Certificate of Completion from The Institute of Continuing Legal Education's Probate and Estate Planning Program. He is currently a member of the Council for the State Bar of Michigan’s Elder Law and Disability Rights Section as well as a member of the Legislation Development and Drafting Committee of the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He is actively working to enact legislation in Michigan to authorize fiduciary access to digital assets. He enjoys speaking to groups on various estate planning, probate and technology topics.

He is active in the community where he volunteers and supports the Boys & Girls Club of Oakland and Macomb Counties and Huntington Woods Men's Club. He currently serves on the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and was the President of that organization in 2012 and 2013. He serves as the chair of the Huntington Woods Senior Advisory Committee.

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Elder Law
  • Guardianships & Conservatorships
  • Living Wills
  • Powers of Attorney and Appointment
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • Nursing Home
  • Probate & Estate Administration

Bar Admissions

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

Education

  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit, Michigan
    • J.D. - 1994
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • B.A. - 1991
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Completion from the Institute of Continuing Legal Education's Probate and Estate Planning Program

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan, Member
  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate and Estate Planning Section, Member
  • State Bar of Michigan, Elder Law and Disability Rights Sections, Member
  • Wayne County Probate Bar Association
  • Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors and President, 2012 - 2013
  • Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce, Immediate Past President
  • State Bar of Michigan, Legislation Development and Drafting Committee of the Probate and Estate Planning Section, Member
  • Huntington Woods Senior Advisory Committee

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer, Boys and Girls Club of Oakland and Macomb Counties
  • Volunteer, Huntington Woods Men's Club