Nicholas E. Papasifakis
Nicholas Papasifakis advises clients on business and estate planning matters, asset protection strategies, and probate and trust administration and litigation.
Nick counsels individuals and families on all aspects of estate planning, including probate avoidance, tax planning, asset protection, wealth transfer planning, and charitable giving. To ensure his clients’ financial and familial objectives are met, Nick develops and implements estate planning, tax and asset protection strategies specific to each client.
Nick represents fiduciaries and beneficiaries in all phases of probate and trust administration and litigation. He recognizes the challenges facing a fiduciary or beneficiary, including the loss of a loved one, unique family dynamics, and the complex nature of winding up the affairs of a deceased individual. Nick utilizes his extensive experience in this field to advise his clients on any issues that arise during an administration, including real estate, tax and business matters. Nick’s probate litigation experience includes representing fiduciaries and beneficiaries in will and trust contests for lack of testamentary capacity and undue influence, and breach of fiduciary duty claims.
Nick also represents entrepreneurs and closely-held businesses on a broad range of business matters, including entity structuring and formation, business transactions and succession planning, and drafting and negotiating contracts, such as buy-sell agreements, operating agreements, shareholder agreements, and employment contracts. He assists business owners with day-to-day legal issues and works with his business clients, many of whom are family businesses, to develop a comprehensive succession plan for the business.
Prior to joining Clark Hill, Nick worked as an associate at a local probate and estate planning firm in Royal Oak, Michigan, and also as a research attorney with the Michigan Court of Appeals.
- Named among Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America® in Trusts and Estates Law by Best Lawyers (2022)
State Bar of Michigan – Probate & Estate Planning Section
State Bar of Michigan – Tax Section
Oakland County Bar Association
Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
Hellenic Bar Association
Business Network International, Professional Edge Chapter
Walsh College, Tax Department, Adjunct Assistant Professor
State Bar Licenses
- “Foreign Trusts: Tax Consequences and Reporting Requirements” by, Nicholas E. Papasifakis and Thomas E.F. Fabbri, Michigan Tax Lawyer, Fall 2019
- “For Me? You Shouldn’t Have! Legal Considerations for Gifting” by Thomas Fabbri, Mallory Kallabat, Jonathan Martone, Nicholas Papisafakis for JD Supra, August 2017
- “She Did What With the Family Farm? Top Ways to Challenge a Deed in Michigan” by Thomas Fabbri, Mallory Kallabat, Jonathan Martone, and Nicholas Papasifakis for JD Supra, June 2017
- “Wrongful Death Claims: An Overview for Probate Attorneys” by Nicolas E. Papasifakis for the Spring 2017 Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal
- “A Guide To: Challenging a Financial Durable Power of Attorney in Michigan” by Thomas Fabbri, Mallory Kallabat, Jonathan Martone, and Nicholas Papasifakis for JD Supra, April 2017
- “A Guide for Challenging a Joint Account Arrangement” by Thomas Fabbri, Mallory Kallabat, Jonathan Martone, and Nicholas Papasifakis for JD Supra, March 2017
- “A Guide To: How to Challenge a Trust in Michigan” by Thomas Fabbri, Mallory Kallabat, Jonathan Martone, and Nicholas Papasifakis for JD Supra, February 2017
- “A Guide To: How to Challenge a Will in Michigan” by Thomas Fabbri, Mallory Kallabat, Jonathan Martone, Nicholas Papasifakis for JD Supra, January 2017
- “Get Your Claims In: An Overview of Pre-death Claims by a Fiduciary” By Thomas Fabbri and Nicholas Papasifakis in the Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Winter 2017
- “Rebutting the Presumption of Natural Parentage in Michigan” by Nicholas E. Papasifakis for Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal, Summer 2015
- “Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Planning,” ICLE Seminar – Planning Techniques for the Taxable Estate, December 2019
- Moderator, “Tax Law Series: Implement Flexibility with Established Estate Planning Tools,” ICLE 2020