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Mara Elena Kent

Mara Elena Kent

Ferguson Widmayer & Clark, PC
  • Estate Planning, Probate, Elder Law ...
  • Michigan
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Biography

Mara Kent (she/her/hers) is a life-long resident of Ann Arbor, Michigan and a licensed attorney since 1996. Mara’s practice areas include estate planning, probate and trust administration, elder law and long-term care planning, special needs planning, estate planning for surrogacy, same-sex adoptions and step-parent adoptions, and prenuptial agreements.

Mara loves working with people and making personal connections with her clients, doing what she generally considers to be “happy law.” Mara counsels her clients on how to plan for major life events by anticipating common (and not-so-common) problems before they arise, so her clients can strategize about how to minimize court involvement, family conflict, added expense, and stress. She helps clients plan for their future care and the care of loved ones, as well as assists clients in establishing a plan for the distribution of their estate after they die.

Mara received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1993 and is a 1996 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where she graduated second in her law school class. While in law school, she worked in the Office of General Counsel for Ford Motor Company and went on to distinction as a law clerk for former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Michael F. Cavanagh from 1996-1998. From 2000–2014, Mara was a tenured professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School where she taught contract law, sales, negotiable instruments, and legal research & writing. Mara remains a Senior Professor Emerita.

In addition to her practice, Mara is a committed to her community, doing pro bono legal service and volunteering as a board member for several community organizations. She provides legal services to Habitat for Humanity clients with estate planning and probate needs, pro bono probate counseling for the Washtenaw County Probate Court and the Homes for Generations partnership with the Washtenaw County Bar Association.

Education
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
J.D. (1996)
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Honors: Summa Cum Laude, graduated second in her law school class; Dean's Scholarship for academic excellence; American Association of Corporate Counsel Scholarship; Irish American Lawers Scholarship
Activities: Law Review, Mood Court Board of Directors, American Inns of Court
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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
(1993) Industrial Design
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Professional Experience
Attorney
Ferguson Widmayer & Clark, PC
- Current
Estate planning, probate, and trust administration
Attorney
NSSSB
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Attorney
Bassett Law
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Attorney
Mara Kent Law
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Full Professor with Tenure
Thomas M. Cooley School of Law
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Attorney
Stein Moran Raimi & Goethal
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Judicial Law Clerk to Justice Michael F. Cavanagh
Michigan Supreme Court
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Estate Planning Challenges During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Res Ipsa
Custom Casebook Revision, Problems and Materials on Commercial Law, Douglas Whaley and Stephen McJohn,
Wolters Kluwer
Substantial Revision, Michigan Law and Practice 2d. Encyclopedia on Contracts, Volume 8, Chapter 2, Contracts, revised 2013, M.L.P.2d Contracts
Wood v. Boynton and the Incredible Journey of the Eagle Diamond
Wisc. Mag. Hist
A Contracts Love Story Gone Wrong: The Story Behind Bright v. Ganas
32 Adelaide L. Rev. 333
The Common-Law History of Non-Economic Damages in Breach of Contract Actions v. Willful Breach of Contract Actions
11 TX. WES. L. Rev. 225
“Forced” v. Compulsory Arbitration of Civil Rights Claims
23 J. LAW AND INEQ. 95
Going the Distance, Distance Education at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School
81 MICH. B. J. 48
Michigan Civil Rights Claimants: Should They Be Required to Give Up Their Physician-Patient Privilege When Alleging Garden-Variety Emotional Distress?
77 U. DET. MERCY L. REV. 479
Limiting Michigan’s Guilty and Nolo Contendere Plea Appeals
73 U. DET. MERCY L. REV. 431
Speaking Engagements
Estate Planning for Young Lawyers
State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section
Estate Planning 101
EmpowerHER
Estate Planning 201, Estate Planning Through the Stages of Life and Probate Pitfalls
EmpowerHer
Tax Law Series: Federal Tax Insights (estate planning)
Institute for Continuing Legal Education
Covid-19 & Women
Womens Lawyers Association of Michigan
Ann Arbor Cable TV "Leave A Legacy" Campaign
End of Life Care and Treatment
Institute for Legal Education
The Common Law of Contracts, Noneconomic Damages in Breach of Contract Actions, Gloucester, England
Certifications
Juris Doctor
State Bar of Michigan
Awards
Completed Certificate Program in Estate Planning
Institute for Continuing Legal Education
Completed Certificate Program in Elder Law
Institute for Continuing Legal Education
Professional Associations
Michigan State Bar  # P56305
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Michigan
State Bar of Michigan
ID Number: P56305
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
    The initial consultation for estate planning is typically complimentary, unless the client would also like to discuss matters that we complete on an hourly basis, such as probate and trust administration or complex estate planning. Contact our office for details (734) 662-0222
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Estate Planning is primarily completed on a flat-fee basis, which is discussed in the initial complimentary consultation. Hourly fees are reserved for probate, trust administration, adoptions, and certain taxable estates or complex planning matters
Practice Areas
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Probate
    Probate Administration
    Elder Law
    Family Law
    Adoption, Prenups & Marital Agreements
Languages
  • English
Websites & Blogs
Website
Contact & Map
Ferguson Widmayer & Clark, PC
Ann Arbor
538 N Division St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Telephone: (734) 662-0222
Monday: 9 AM - 5 AM (Today)
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: M-F, with after-hours appointments as needed