Robert P. Tiplady

Robert P. Tiplady



  • Business Services
  • Tax & Estate Planning/Administration
  • Probate, Trust & Fiduciary Litigation
  • Estate Planning & Administration

WSG Practice Industries


Michigan, U.S.A.


Robert Tiplady practices in the areas of estate planning, asset protection planning, wealth preservation, business succession, and probate, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, probate and trust administration, and probate litigation. He regularly advises business owners, executives and professionals regarding family/business succession, asset protection, tax, wills and trusts. Mr. Tiplady also advises families, family offices and fiduciaries regarding will and trust disputes, will and trust interpretation issues, disgruntled beneficiaries and tax issues.

Wealth preservation techniques include wills, trusts, retirement account planning, irrevocable life insurance trusts (ILITs), dynasty trusts, trust protectors, grantor retain annuity trusts (GRATs), spousal lifetime access trusts (SLATs), grantor trusts, charitable remainder trusts (CRATs/CRUTs), and charitable lead trusts (CLATs/CLUTs).

Asset protection techniques include domestic asset protection trusts (DAPTs), limited liability companies, limited partnerships, and tenancy by the entirety.

Bar Admissions

Michigan, 1997


Wayne State University, JD., summa cum laude Eastern Michigan University, M.A. University of Michigan, B.A.
Areas of Practice

Business Services | Estate Planning & Administration | Probate, Trust & Fiduciary Litigation | Tax & Estate Planning/Administration | Taxation

Professional Career

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate and Estate Planning Section, Councilmember, Fall 2006 to present
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law Section, Co-chair, August 2006 to present


  • 2007 - 47th Annual Estate Planning Institute, Institute of Continuing Legal Education - "Attacking or Defending Fiduciary Fees"
  • 2007 - Michigan Supreme Court Judicial Institute, Annual Judicial Conference - "Fiduciary Fees"
  • 2006 - Institute of Continuing Legal Education - "The Estate Planning Process, Fundamentals of Estate Planning"
  • 2005 - Washtenaw County Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Law Section - "Update on the Uniform Trust Code"
  • Mr. Tiplady has made several presentations to financial institutions on reducing risk in fiduciary administration


The Ins and Outs of the Income Tax Deadline Extension—Which Returns, Deadlines Are Affected, and Which Aren’t?
Dykema, April 2021

On March 17, 2021, the IRS published IR-2021-59, postponing the deadline for filing individual income tax returns and payment of individual income taxes from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021. On March 29, 2021, the IRS issued Notice 2021-21, further clarifying the postponement of Federal income tax reporting and payment deadlines...

Michigan Department of Treasury Further Extends State Income Tax Relief
Dykema, April 2020

On Friday, April 17, 2020, The Michigan Department of Treasury issued two departmental notices; a Notice of Automatic Extension of State and Income Tax Filing Deadlines (the “Notice of Automatic Extension”) and a Notice Regarding Electronic Requests for Informal Conferences...

Michigan Temporarily Embraces 21st Century Virtual Technology Document Signing
Dykema, April 2020

On Wednesday, April 8, 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-41 (the “Order”), which relaxes the witness and notary requirements for documents that would otherwise require in-person witnessing and/or notarization, such as Michigan estate planning documents, executed during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic...

Additional Articles

  • Wayne Law Review v.50 no.2 "Annual Survey of Michigan Law - Trusts and Estates"
  • Wayne Law Review v.48 no.2 "Annual Survey of Michigan Law - Trusts and Estates"
  • Wayne Law Review v.47 no.2 "Annual Survey of Michigan Law - Trusts and Estates"
  • Wayne Law Review v.46 no.2 "Annual Survey of Michigan Law - Trusts and Estates"