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Huron Valley Law Center, PLC
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About Us

Our goal is to serve as trusted advisors for our clients.  We assist our clients with making informed decisions that are right for them and their specific situations. We provide our clients and their families with peace of mind through comprehensive plans that work to protect everyone they love and everything they own. We strive to deliver all of our services with uncompromising integrity, trust, and professionalism.



J. Michael Hickox, J.D. – Attorney at Law

Attorney Michael Hickox specializes in Estate Planning, Elder Law and Estate Administration. In developing each plan, he takes a personalized, holistic approach that considers his clients’ goals, values and dreams as well as their hard-earned assets. Michael helps clients to understand why proper planning is important and works to develop lifelong relationships with his clients. Michael also provides family mediation services, helping to keep clients and their families out of the courtroom and helping to preserve family relationships.

In addition to his law practice, Michael presents Estate Planning courses to Certified Public Accountants, Certified Financial Planners and Property, Casualty and Life Agents for their continuing education credits. He also presents several topics at local Community Education programs each year. As a speaker and workshop leader, Michael is dedicated to educating people on the truth about estate planning, long term care, and special needs planning. To bolster his own knowledge, Michael attends several seminars and courses each year to stay abreast of the latest changes in the law.

Beyond being a legal counselor, Michael is a trained Stephen Minister – a non-denominational counseling ministry dedicated to providing supportive and caring guidance to people in need. Michael is very active in the community and is an active member and past president of the Milford Rotary Club; a past president of the Huron Valley Education Foundation; a Trustee of the Huron Valley Council of the Arts; and has served on the Board of Directors of the Carls Family YMCA. Michael is the proud grandfather of three wonderful grandchildren. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife, working outdoors, and traveling.

Caroline Bielas, Esq. – Attorney at Law

Attorney Caroline Bielas has been practicing in the areas of estate planning, business succession planning, and charitable planning for over ten years. Mrs. Bielas has expanded her areas of expertise to include elder law, Medicaid planning, and special needs planning. Helping people understand the importance of proper planning and how to protect their loved ones is her foremost goal in practicing law. An avid advocate of education, Caroline enjoys teaching classes and writing articles to help people understand the laws concerning estate planning, elder law, and special needs planning.

Caroline is a member in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan, WealthCounsel, and ElderCounsel. Caroline also does pro bono work with local non-profits to support them in complying with legal requirements.

Caroline earned her Bachelor degree from the University of Michigan and received her Juris Doctorate from Ave Maria School of Law. She is married to Chad and together they are the proud parents of four sons and one daughter. Caroline loves reading, cooking, gardening, spending time with her family, traveling, teaching continuing education, and staying busy with all of her children’s activities.

Kathleen L. Haller – Client Services Coordinator

Kathy Haller grew up in Farmington Hills and moved to the Milford/Highland area 25 years ago. Kathy and her husband, Steve, raised their family in the area and are the proud parents of three adult children. Kathy volunteers at several community events throughout the year as she loves to meet new people and give back to the community.

Kathy graduated from Lawrence Institute of Technology with majors in Business Systems and Human Resources. Kathy has held positions in the business world and in the education field, taking advantage of her degree and her experience. In all of those positions, her favorite part has always been interacting with all of the wonderful people she meets. Kathy is definitely a people person, her genuine concern and her happy disposition make her a wonderful asset to the team and a popular team member with clients.

Kathy loves listening to clients’ stories of the past, of their families, and their hopes for the future. Through listening and sharing stories, Kathy makes our clients feel like part of the family. Kathy comes to work every day with the hope that she can make a difference, even in the slightest way, to those that walk through our door. 

Leny A. Godfrey - Funding Coordinator

Leny Godfrey is a highly motivated financial accounting professional with a verifiable record of accomplishments spanning ten years.  Leny joined Huron Valley Law Center in 2013 as funding coordinator and has been helping clients with the funding process since.  Leny is very detailed and has excellent organizational skills, which makes her a natural at the funding coordinator position.  Her sunny disposition and good penmanship also add to the performance of her funding duties.  

Leny finished her Bachelor's Degree in Accounting in 1999 at the University of Cebu, Philippines. She has worked as a Financial Analyst, an Accounting Assistant, a Customer Care Officer and an Accounts Receivable/Payable Specialist in different industries like publishing, manufacturing, tourism, and accounting. Leny hails from the sunny island of Cebu in the Philippines.  She is still learning how to appreciate Michigan winters.

Leny loves watching sports with her husband, Nick, and she also enjoys cooking, gardening, travelling, reading and doing arts & crafts.

 


  

 

Upcoming Events

6/15/14: Special Needs Planning Workshop

Special Needs Planning Workshop

Category: Events
Date: 6/15/2014

In this workshop you will learn the critical information needed to plan effectively for your special needs child. 

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In this workshop you will learn the critical information needed to plan effectively for your special needs child. 

2/5/15: Truth About Long Term Care

Truth About Long Term Care

Category: Events
Date: 2/5/2015

Brighton Community Education

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Brighton Community Education

2/10/15: Truth About Estate Planners

Truth About Estate Planners

Category: Events
Date: 2/10/2015

Brighton Community Education

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Brighton Community Education

2/26/15: Client Educational Event

Client Educational Event

Category: Events
Date: 2/26/2015

Highland Library

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3/3/15: Truth About Estate Planning

Truth About Estate Planning

Category: Events
Date: 3/3/2015

Milford Library

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3/12/15: Truth About Estate Planning

Truth About Estate Planning

Category: Events
Date: 3/12/2015

3/18/15: Client Educational Event - Estate Administration

Client Educational Event - Estate Administration

Category: Events
Date: 3/18/2015

Novi Library

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Novi Library

3/24/15: Truth About Estate Planning

Truth About Estate Planning

Category: Events
Date: 3/24/2015

Highland Library

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4/21/15: Truth About Long Term Care

Truth About Long Term Care

Category: Events
Date: 4/21/2015

4/28/15: Medicaid and You: Long Term Care Basics

Medicaid and You: Long Term Care Basics

Category: Events
Date: 4/28/2015
Time: 7PM - 8:45PM
Commerce Township Library more

(7PM - 8:45PM)

Commerce Township Library

5/12/15: Special Needs Planning

Special Needs Planning

Category: Events
Date: 5/12/2015

2/11/16: Truth About Estate Planning

Truth About Estate Planning

Category: Events
Date: 2/11/2016
Highland Library more

Highland Library

2/15/16: Client Educational Event - Successor Trustee

Client Educational Event - Successor Trustee

Category: Events
Date: 2/15/2016
Brighton District Library more

Brighton District Library

4/15/16: Huron Valley Sinai Hospital Fair - Healthcare Directives

Huron Valley Sinai Hospital Fair - Healthcare Directives

Category: Events
Date: 4/15/2016
Huron Valley Sinai Hospital more

Huron Valley Sinai Hospital

5/18/16: Protecting Your Investments

Protecting Your Investments

Category: Events
Date: 5/18/2016
Novi Library more

Novi Library

6/2/16: Truth About Long Term Care

Truth About Long Term Care

Category: Events
Date: 6/2/2016
Novi Library more

Novi Library

9/21/16: Understanding Annuities

Understanding Annuities

Category: Events
Date: 9/21/2016
Milford Library more

Milford Library

10/20/16: WXW Annual Forum

WXW Annual Forum

Category: Events
Date: 10/20/2016
Washtenaw Community College more

Washtenaw Community College

1/12/17: Client Educational Event - Successor Trustee

Client Educational Event - Successor Trustee

Category: Events
Date: 1/12/2017
Milford Library (6:00 pm-8:00 pm) more

Milford Library (6:00 pm-8:00 pm)

1/18/17: Smart Women, Smart Legal and Financial Choices

Smart Women, Smart Legal and Financial Choices

Category: Events
Date: 1/18/2017
Brighton Community Education (6:00 pm-8:00 pm) more

Brighton Community Education (6:00 pm-8:00 pm)

4/22/17: Community Wellness Expo

Community Wellness Expo

Category: Events
Date: 4/22/2017
Lakeland High School (10:00 am-2:00 pm) more

Lakeland High School (10:00 am-2:00 pm)

4/25/17: But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

Category: Events
Date: 4/25/2017
Independence Village of White Lake (2:30 pm-3:30 pm) more

Independence Village of White Lake (2:30 pm-3:30 pm)

5/11/17: But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

Category: Events
Date: 5/11/2017
Walled Lake Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm) more

Walled Lake Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm)

5/16/17: But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

Category: Events
Date: 5/16/2017
Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm) more

Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm)

5/23/17: Understanding Hospice and Funeral Planning

Understanding Hospice and Funeral Planning

Category: Events
Date: 5/23/2017
Highland Library (6:00 pm-8:00 pm) more

Highland Library (6:00 pm-8:00 pm)

5/25/17: I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

Category: Events
Date: 5/25/2017

Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm)

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Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm)

6/1/17: Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

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Date: 6/1/2017
Hartland Community Ed (6:30 pm-8:00 pm) CANCELLED more

Hartland Community Ed (6:30 pm-8:00 pm) CANCELLED

6/6/17: Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

Category: Events
Date: 6/6/2017
Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm) CANCELLED more

Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm) CANCELLED

6/8/17: I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

Category: Events
Date: 6/8/2017

Independence Village of White Lake (6:30 pm-7:30 pm) - CANCELLED

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Independence Village of White Lake (6:30 pm-7:30 pm) - CANCELLED

6/20/17: Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

Category: Events
Date: 6/20/2017
Walled Lake Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm) CANCELLED more

Walled Lake Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm) CANCELLED

7/11/17: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You – Medicaid Myths and Misinformation

What You Don't Know Can Hurt You – Medicaid Myths and Misinformation

Category: Events
Date: 7/11/2017
Walled Lake Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm) CANCELLED more

Walled Lake Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm) CANCELLED

7/14/17: Summer Picnic!

Summer Picnic!

Category: Events
Date: 7/14/2017
Huron Valley Law Center (2:00 pm-7:00 pm) more

Huron Valley Law Center (2:00 pm-7:00 pm)

7/20/17: I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

Category: Events
Date: 7/20/2017

Salem-South Lyon District Library (7:00 pm-8:30 pm)

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Salem-South Lyon District Library (7:00 pm-8:30 pm)

7/25/17: Plan Your Estate or the State Will!

Plan Your Estate or the State Will!

Category: Events
Date: 7/25/2017
Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm) more

Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm)

8/10/17: Who's Minding the Store?

Who's Minding the Store?

Category: Events
Date: 8/10/2017
Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm) more

Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm)

8/15/17: Who's Minding the Store?

Who's Minding the Store?

Category: Events
Date: 8/15/2017
Salem-South Lyon District Library (7:00 pm-8:30 pm) CANCELLED more

Salem-South Lyon District Library (7:00 pm-8:30 pm) CANCELLED

8/29/17: Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

Category: Events
Date: 8/29/2017
Salem-South Lyon District Library (7:00 pm-8:30 pm) more

Salem-South Lyon District Library (7:00 pm-8:30 pm)

9/9/17: But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

Category: Events
Date: 9/9/2017
Lyon Township Public Library (1:00 pm-2:30 pm) more

Lyon Township Public Library (1:00 pm-2:30 pm)

9/12/17: But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

Category: Events
Date: 9/12/2017
Salem-South Lyon District Library (7:00 pm-8:30 pm) more

Salem-South Lyon District Library (7:00 pm-8:30 pm)

9/19/17: Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

Category: Events
Date: 9/19/2017
Independence Village of White Lake (6:30 pm-7:30 pm) CANCELLED more

Independence Village of White Lake (6:30 pm-7:30 pm) CANCELLED

10/4/17: But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

Category: Events
Date: 10/4/2017
Brighton Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm) more

Brighton Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm)

10/26/17: I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

Category: Events
Date: 10/26/2017

Brighton Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm)

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Brighton Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm)

11/1/17: I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

Category: Events
Date: 11/1/2017

Independence Village of White Lake (6:00 pm-7:15 pm)

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Independence Village of White Lake (6:00 pm-7:15 pm)

11/9/17: Plan Your Estate or the State Will!

Plan Your Estate or the State Will!

Category: Events
Date: 11/9/2017
Brighton Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm) more

Brighton Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm)

12/8/17: Annual Holiday Party!

Annual Holiday Party!

Category: Events
Date: 12/8/2017
Huron Valley Law Center (2:00 pm-7:00 pm) more

Huron Valley Law Center (2:00 pm-7:00 pm)

2/13/18: Treat Yourself to Some Peace of Mind this Valentine's Day!

Treat Yourself to Some Peace of Mind this Valentine's Day!

Category: Events
Date: 2/13/2018
Milford Public Library (6:00 pm-8:00 pm) more

Milford Public Library (6:00 pm-8:00 pm)

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Highland, Michigan 48357
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