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J. Thomas MacFarlane



151 S. Old Woodward
Suite 200
Birmingham, MI 48009
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J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 1987
M.B.A., Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, North Carolina, 1987
B.A., cum laude, Alma College, Alma, Michigan, 1983
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J. Thomas MacFarlane


Thomas MacFarlane helps individual clients plan for the efficient transition of their wealth and business owners plan for the succession of their businesses. 

Tom also represents beneficiaries and fiduciaries in probate disputes involving estates and trusts. He advises clients on charitable giving strategies, and guides many nonprofit entities on tax and governance matters.

Tom represents clients in all aspects of corporate law and counsels individuals, partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations on a variety of tax and business planning issues. He represents clients in tax audits and tax disputes before the courts and state and federal administrative agencies.

Named Birmingham, Michigan's 2021 Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America
Named among Best Lawyers in America - Litigation-Trusts and Estates; Trusts and Estates by Best Lawyers (2021)
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit, Member
Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises, Member
State Bar of Michigan, Probate and Estate Planning Section, Taxation Section
Michigan Leading Lawyers Advisory Board, Charter Member
Michigan Science Center, Board of Directors
Rose Hill Center, Board of Directors
Judson Center Foundation, Board of Directors
Doris and Wendel Rogers Foundation, Board of Directors
Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit, Board of Directors
Detroit Athletic Club, Former Director
Detroit Athletic Club Foundation, Former Director
Detroit Executives Association, Former Director
Detroit Rotary Club, Former Director