Greg enjoys practicing in the areas of Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate and Trust Law, and Special Needs Planning. He assists clients of all ages to implement estate plans to protect themselves and their families, with a special focus on helping seniors maintain independence and plan for incapacity as they age. Greg’s work with seniors includes advising and planning for benefits such as Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. Following the death of a loved one, Greg helps family members settle the deceased person’s estate, with an emphasis on efficiently completing the estate settlement while preserving family relationships. Greg also appears in probate court to help family members obtain guardianship or conservatorship for someone who can no longer act on his or her own behalf. Finally, as a special needs planner, Greg helps parents and individuals with disabilities establish special needs trusts when needed, to provide increased financial stability for the person with special needs into the future.
Greg is one of a small fraction of attorneys in Michigan to have earned certification as an elder law attorney from the National Elder Law Foundation.
Honors and Designations
Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation - 2013-present
Certificate in Probate and Estate Planning from the Institute of Continuing Legal Education - 2012-present
Super Lawyers “Rising Star” 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Accredited by the US Department of Veterans Affairs
Lawyer’s Weekly “Up and Coming” Lawyer 2013
Featured in the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his high caliber work in the practice of Elder Law 2017
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys - 2009-present
State Bar of Michigan 2007-present
Elder Law/Disability Rights Section, Probate and Estate Planning Section
Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association - 2007-present
American Bar Association - 2013-present
Volunteer, Third Level Crisis Center Legal Aid Clinic - 2008-present
Board of Trustees, Great Lakes Children’s Museum - 2010-2013
Family Activities, Radio Controlled Airplanes, Skiing, Kayaking, Blood Donor
Attorney, John A. Scott, P.C., Traverse City, Michigan - February 2015 - present
Attorney, Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, PC, Traverse City, Michigan - March 2008-
Attorney, Rizzo & Associates, PLC, Traverse City, Michigan - September 2007-February 2008
Juris Doctor December 2006 Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan Honors: Summa Cum Laude, King Scholars Program, Jurisprudence Award in Basic Income Taxation
Master of Science, Student Affairs in Higher Education May 2000 Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
Bachelor of Science, Psychology Minors: Business Administration and Spanish May 1998 Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan Honors: Magna Cum Laude, University Honors Program
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