Norman E. Richards

Norman Gene Richards

Livonia, MI Office

Phone: (734) 261-2400




Norman E. Richards (Gene) is a partner in our Livonia, MI office where he focuses his practice on estate planning and elder law.  He assists clients with the development of customized estate plans to address their specific needs, including family owned businesses, senior adults concerned about long term care needs, and special needs trusts for children with special needs.  

Specifically, Mr. Richards focuses his practice on:

  • Estate Planning: Designing customized trusts, wills and powers of attorney. These documents preserve and distribute family and individual assets in the most appropriate way during a person’s lifetime and after death.
  • Trust and Probate Administration/Litigation: Providing representation in probate court to establish guardianships and conservatorships and to enforce wills and trusts. He advises and represents surviving family members in administering trusts and estates, including probate procedures and preparation of estate tax returns and representation before the IRS when required.
  • Long-Term-Care and Elder Law: Compassionately guiding families planning for long term care and who need to maximize financial resources to pay for the care, through Medicaid and VA Aid and Attendance.
  • Disability Planning and Special Needs Trusts: Advising clients who have children with disabilities and creating specialized trusts and legal documents to help provide for a disabled child’s care, while preserving their eligibility for government benefits.
  • Businesses and Non-Profits: Assisting clients in forming business entities, managing corporate formalities and arranging for a sale and business succession.  Gene also advises non-profits and their boards on corporate and fiduciary duties.

Practice Groups

Estate Planning and Elder Law


Juris Doctor

  • Wayne State University Law School, 1996


  • Free Will Baptist Bible College, 1990, magna cum laude

Memberships and Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Probate & Estate Planning Section
    • Elder Law & Disability Rights Section
    • Real Property Section
    • Business Law Section
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Community Involvement:

  • Greater Farmington Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • Farmington Hills Costick Center, Pro bono services
  • Lutheran Special Education Ministries, Trustee
  • North Farmington High School Band Boosters, Board Member
  • Farmington Public School District
    • Capital Planning Advisory Committee Member
  • Farmington Area Commission on Aging, Former Commissioner
  • Garden City Hospital Foundation, Former Trustee
  • Alzheimer’s Association of Southeast Michigan, Former Speaker’s Bureau
  • Westland Zoning Board of Appeals, Former Commissioner
  • Lorman Education Services, Lecturer
  • Walsh College Business Leadership Institute Former, Affinity Group Leader

Additional Jurisdictions and Court Admissions

  • Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Court of International Trade

Published Articles


  • Retirement Planning From the Elder Law Perspective, Novi Civic Center, February 2018
  • Updates on Elder Law, Ask Your Neighbor Radio Program, January 2018
  • Presentation to Social Workers, McLaren Hospital- Karmanos Cancer Institute, January 2018
  • Presentation to Social Workers, Evergreen Health and Living Center, December 2017
  • Elder Law, WOOD Radio (Grand Rapids), December 2017
  • Estate Planning & Elder Law, Home Sweet Home, December 2017
  • Corporate Structure, Fortune Builders, October 2017
  • Elder Law, Caregiver’s support group, October 2017
  • The Problem of Pain, BrightStar Care, September 2017
  • Estate Planning/ Elder Law, CIC Polio Group, August 2017
  • Ethics Grand Rounds (DPOAs and Advance Directives), St. Mary Mercy Hospital Livonia, June 2017
  • Estate Planning and Probate Seminar, Livonia Civic Park Senior Center, June 2017
  • Avoiding the Top Ten Mistakes that will Disqualify You from Receiving MA & VA Benefits
  • Waterford Senior Center, June 2017
  • Medicaid Planning/VA Benefits Seminar, Livonia Civic Center Library, May 2017
  • ICLE Training Session- Elder Law Certificate Program, May 2017
  • Dementia, Transamerica, May 2017
  • Estate Planning, Waterford Senior Center, May 2017
  • Will Your Power of Attorney Let You Down, All Seasons – Independent Living, May 2017
  • Estate Planning/ Elder Law, FortuneBuilders, April 2017
  • Medicaid Planning, United Methodist Church, April 2017
  • Understanding Long Term Health Care Needs, Waltonwood Cherry Hill, April 2017
  • Presentation to Social Workers, Heartland HCC Georgian Bloomfield, March 2017
  • Administering Insolvent Estates, Probate Boot Camp by National Business Institute, December 2015
  • Advanced Medicaid Techniques, Elder Law Institute: ICLE, September 2015
  • Planning Strategies for Medicaid: Vacation, Hunting and Farm Land, Probate & Estate Planning Institute: ICLE, July 2015
  • Asset Protection, Farmington Community Library, October 23, 2014
  • Elder Law Seminar, Lorman Educational Services, September 23, 2014
  • Elder Law Institute, National Association of Legal Assistants, July 2014


  • Secrets on Getting the Most Out of Your Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans Benefits, CMDA E-Bulletin, February 2018
  • Special Needs Trusts for People with Disabilities, CMDA E-Bulletin, May 2017
  • The Importance of Reviewing Beneficiary Designations, CMDA E-Bulletin, March 2017
  • Estate Planning for Older Adults, CMDA On Law, September 2016
  • The Paralegal’s Role in An Elder Law Practice, NALA Facts & Findings, Fall 2015
  • Why Senior Adults Need Elder Law Attorneys, NALA Facts & Findings, Fall 2015
  • Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Planning, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, December 10, 2013