John A. Carlson joined Shifman & Carlson, P.C., in 1977, after serving
as a prehearing attorney and law clerk in the Michigan Court of Appeals.
During his forty-plus years of practicing law, Mr. Carlson has handled
nearly every matter conceivable for his clients, including wills, trusts,
probate for estates, nonprofit formation, construction disputes, real
estate sales negotiations and closings, and so on. In addition to directly
serving clients, he has managed the business of the firm and overseen
the work of the associate attorneys in recent years.
Through drafting and amending many wills and trusts over the years, Mr.
Carlson is an expert in estate planning, as well as probating estates,
and has made numerous presentations on those subjects to a variety of
groups. He has also expanded his real estate practice so that in addition
to having extensive experience in real estate transactions, he has also
represented condominium developers and homeowners’ associations.
Mr. Carlson has been general counsel to numerous nonprofit entities and
public bodies for many years, and his broad expertise in the areas of
municipal, school, and other public sector law includes qualification
as nationally recognized bond counsel.
Mr. Carlson regularly advises his clients on:
Real estate transactions, including sales negotiations, examining closing
documents, and resolving clouds on title.
- Estate planning and probate, including drafting wills and trusts and administering
probate estates and trusts.
- Non-profit and public sector general counsel services, including start-up,
corporate governance, articles of incorporation, bylaws, and compliance.
Contract negotiations and review, including leases, equipment purchases,
and the like.
- Small Business and Franchise Law
Municipalities and Schools, including traditional school districts, charter
schools, and private schools.
- Bond and note counsel for issuance of municipal and school district obligations
and follow-up advice, including arbitrage issues.