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Marie R. Deveney

Marie R. Deveney



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

WSG Practice Industries


Michigan, U.S.A.


Marie R. Deveney's principal areas of practice include gift, estate and generation skipping transfer tax planning, probate and trust administration, wills and trust agreements, and retirement distribution planning.

She is a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the Washtenaw County Bar Association, and the State Bar of Michigan.

Ms. Deveney is past president of the Washtenaw County Estate Planning Council and formerly chaired the Washtenaw County Bar's Estate Planning Section. She is a former member of the State Bar of Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Section Council. She frequently lectures on estate and retirement distribution planning.

Before joining Dykema, Ms. Deveney taught at the University of Michigan School of Law. Prior to that, she clerked for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. (United States Supreme Court) and for Judge Harry T. Edwards (United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia). While in law school, Ms. Deveney was the managing editor of the Michigan Law Review.

Bar Admissions

Michigan, 1991


University of Michigan, J.D., summa cum laude
  • First in class
  • Order of the Coif
University of Michigan, M.A. University of Missouri at Kansas City
  • With distinction
Areas of Practice

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

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Named "Lawyer of the Year" for Trusts and Estates by Best Lawyers® 2011
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2007-2014. Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC
Named a Top Lawyer by dbusiness Magazine, 2011-2013 Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® for Estate Planning & Probate, and Tax 2007-2013
Recipient of an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
Named one of Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Michigan 2009-2012
Named a Michigan Leading Lawyer in the areas of Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2014. Law Bulletin Publishing Company

Professional Associations

State Bar of Michigan
Washtenaw County Bar Association
Washtenaw Estate Planning Council
Ann Arbor Public Schools Education Foundation, August 2009-2012; Attorney; Member, Board of Directors
Leslie Science and Nature Center, Attorney; Board of Directors, September 2006-through 2013; Chair, Board of Directors, April 2007-2013
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Member, Elected 2003
Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Publications Advisory Board for Estate Planning and Probate, Member October 1995-present; Special Advisor for Estate Planning and Probate Certificate Program
Washtenaw Community College Foundation's Planned Giving Committee, September 2004-present
Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation Professional Advisors Committee, October 2005-present


Disclaimers and Joint Property, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Speaker at and Moderator of day-long seminar entitled, "Planning Techniques for the Taxable Estate"
December, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013

Is Protecting Your Land Right For You?, Washtenaw Land Trust, panelist discussing estate planning issues, Jackson, MI
February, 2007 and October, 2006

Presentation to Board on charitable giving techniques, Washtenaw Community College Foundation, Ann Arbor, MI
January 20, 2007

Joint presentation to Endowment Boards on charitable giving techniques, Beth Israel Congregation and Temple Beth Emeth, Ann Arbor, MI
March 29, 2006


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

  • 1996 - Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal "Proving the Deaths of Missing Persons"

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