Karl A. Barr
Karl A. Barr is a principal of the firm. His focus is on Trust and Estate litigation. He also practices in estate planning, probate and municipal law.
Karl earned his BA from Northern Michigan University and Juris Doctorate at Michigan State University. Prior to practicing law at the Firm, Karl worked in the tax department of Plante & Moran, LLC.
Karl's litigation background began with the prosecution of criminal jury trials, including prosecuting two jury trials while in law school. (Special thanks to Norman Donker, former Midland Prosecuting Attorney.) Since joining the firm, Karl has undertaken criminal prosecution in Washtenaw and Wayne Counties, handled multimillion dollar Trust litigation cases, real estate disputes (particularly when clients have used deeds as an estate planning device) and other civil litigation.
Karl is an ICLE Certified Estate planner (a member of the first Certified Estate Planner graduating class in Washtenaw County), attended Wayne State University Law School's LLC in Estate Taxation, and is a real estate broker. He has presented on estate planning to many groups, including local churches, stock broker seminars, and private clients. Karl is constantly working to improve his practice with technology, including digitization of documents to allow clients to contact him from anywhere in the world and have a scanned copy of a loved one's medical power of attorney (living will) emailed to a medical provider.
Karl works hard to attend to client concerns and bring significant value to their endeavors. He is acutely aware of the interplay of emotions and complex legal theory that surround Trust and Estate disputes. Karl strives to resolve disputes prior to litigation, as the emotional costs of litigation to the family can be lasting. Karl's typical client understands and values his services for saving them (and their heirs) significant amounts of money, emotional turmoil, and family strife, by proper planning and (if necessary) carefully executed litigation.
When not assisting his clients, Karl loves spending time with his partner Kaeli Garcia, his teenage children Olivia and Karl Alexander (Zander), and his teenage stepdaughter Elena. He enjoys boating and downhill skiing with them, and learning golf.