STEVEN H. MALACH
(PARTNER)

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI
3910 TELEGRAPH ROAD, SUITE 200
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI 48302
248-593-5000
248-593-5040 FAX
SMALACH@LIPSONNEILSON.COM

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Estate Planning
  • Contested Wills and Probate
  • Mediation Services
  • Family Law
  • Elder Law

EDUCATION

  • University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Michigan, B.A.

ADMITTED

  • Arizona
  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona

VIDEOS

Steven H. Malach heads the Center for Estate Planning, and the Lipson Neilson law firm’s estate planning practice group. Mr. Malach specializes in elder law, estate planning, probate litigation, wills, trusts, and probate and trust administration.

Mr. Malach is licensed to practice in both Michigan and Arizona. He is skilled at handling complex trust and contested wills and has administered thousands of estate plans over his career. He has also been involved in the recovery of numerous multi-million dollar wrongful death, catastrophic injury claims as well as mass Tort Litigation.

Mr. Malach’s probate experience includes local, national as well as international probate filings.

Mr. Malach is admitted to practice in the States of Arizona and Michigan including its trial and appellate courts. He is also admitted in the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Michigan and the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.

Professional Organizations:

State Bars of Arizona and Michigan, including sections of:

  • Family Law
  • Business
  • Trust Probate and Estate Planning

National and Local Associations:

  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • The Michigan Trial Lawyers Association
  • Detroit Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Wayne County Probate Court Bar Association
  • Genesee County Bar Association

CASE SUMMARIES
Steven Malach, on behalf of a widow, retrieves back retirement funds paid to a former wife.
April 2020 – The decedent husband, who divorced and then years later remarried neglected to change the beneficiary on his life insurance policy previously included in his retirement package from a large national company. The former spouse, contrary to what the Divorce Judgment provided, refused to turn over the funds that she wrongfully claimed and deposited. The insurance company had not been made aware of the filing of any divorce and the widow did not learn about it until after the payment was already wrongfully made. After opening her husband’s Probate estate and starting a lawsuit against the former wife, the case was immediately settled as the former wife’s attorneys immediately recognized that Lipson Neilson was going to aggressively prosecute the ex-wife under claims that included fraud, misrepresentation, conversion and violation of the parties Court Ordered Divorce Degree. The amount of settlement is confidential.

Steve Malach Resolves Contested Pour Over Will Case That Included 10-Years of Legal Battles

January 2020 – Nobody could have imagined that a widow’s pour over will and trust, that provided for an equal division between two surviving sons, would ignite a 10-year battle fueled by allegations of secret undue influence and self-dealing by one brother that required an extensive series of subpoenas and document production before it was uncovered. But, that’s exactly what happened in a case that was recently resolved with the help of Lipson Neilson Attorney Steven Malach. In the end, the case was satisfactorily resolved with the contesting brother receiving what he was entitled to according to is late mother’s wishes.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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