Welcome to Fisher Law Office

Vance A. Fisher
Attorney and Counselor

Licensed in Michigan and Tennessee
Consulting with counsel elsewhere as appropriate

Advising and representing select clients in complex and difficult matters:

Estate Planning -- Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Directives and Related Matters    

Probate, Trust  and Other Asset Administration and Counseling

Representing individuals, estates, trusts, businesses, and institutions throughout the United States

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Horizon Bank Building (Formerly Law & Title Building)
811 Ship Street, P.O. Box 83
St. Joseph, Michigan 49085
Phone 269-983-5511

E-mail fisherv@fisherlaw.com

Vance A. Fisher, J.D. (Cum Laude)

Principal, Fisher Law Office, 1989-Present.  Partner, Fisher Troff & Fisher and successor Firms, 1964-1989.  Associate, Covington & Burling, 1960-1964.

Phi Beta Kappa, Northwestern University, Mathematics, B.A. 1957

Juris Doctor Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, University of Michigan Law School 1960 (Assistant Editor, Michigan Law Review)

Author, lecturer and book reviewer and critic on probate law, federal estate taxation, computer law, and computer law office applications

Pioneer in law firm technology, and former law office technology consultant to the profession

Computer programmer of custom applications for the law office

Civic activities past and present including as officer or  director of Berrien Community Foundation (Foundation Member), Sarett Nature Center, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Twin Cities Arts Council, and United Way of Southwest Michigan,  and as general counsel to several of these organizations.

Member of the State Bar of Michigan and the State Bar of Tennessee.  Admitted before the Supreme Court of the United States and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, among other Federal Courts, the Supreme Court of Michigan, and the Supreme Court of Tennessee.

Professional activities past and present include officer of Berrien County Bar Association, Section Council membership of the State Bar of Michigan Information Technology Law Section, and participation and lecturing in the business, estate planning, science and technology sections of the State Bar of Michigan and the American Bar Association.

Disclaimer and Caveat

This web site is intended as a general information resource, and is not designed to be complete or up to date. It is not intended as advertising, or solicitation of representation or employment. It should not be considered as an invitation for attorney-client relationships. Legal advice should be obtained only in consultation, and only from attorneys licensed in the appropriate jurisdiction. Fisher Law Office does not intend links to or from this page as endorsements. Fisher Law Office will not accept referrals from unapproved or unregistered referral services. Fisher Law Office does not intend to represent anyone who desires representation based upon viewing this site in a jurisdiction where this site fails to comply with any law or ethical rule, or where Fisher Law Office is unlicensed.

Email or other contact with Fisher Law Office will not establish an attorney-client relationship unless such relationship has been agreed to in writing with us.  Please do not send confidential information to us unless such relationship has been established, and do not use email for such communication unless otherwise directed by us.


In the course of providing our clients with income tax, estate tax, and gift tax advice, we receive financial information from our clients. If you are a client of Fisher Law Office,  you should know that your information is confidential except as agreed to by you, or as required under an applicable law.

We retain records relating to professional services that we provide so that we are better able to assist you with your professional needs and, in some cases, to comply with professional guidelines.  In order to guard your nonpublic personal information, we maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with our professional standards. 

The State of  Michigan has adopted protections for social security numbers in certain circumstances, but in any event we have a policy to treat such information with the same privacy and confidentiality as client information.  That policy has appropriate internal and external sanctions.

About Our Files

Our files on client matters all are the property of the Fisher Law Office.  It is our practice not to keep executed documents in our files.  It is our policy not to retain client property in our files or in our office at all, and never after conclusion of a client matter. Our files are periodically retired to off-site storage with limited availability, and after a period of time all of our files are destroyed. Our file retention program includes file destruction 10 years after closing.  Notice of such destruction may not be given as to closed files, or to other than recent active clients.  If you have any concerns about our files, please discuss them with us during or promptly after the conclusion of the matter. 

For Client Protection

We have made arrangements with other attorneys we respect to handle our cases for us in the event of our absence or other unavailability.  We know that you, as we, will take comfort in the fact that these arrangements have been made.

*The professionals and staff of the Firm are connected with each other and with our clients by smartphone, computer, the Web, Email, fax, UPS, Fed Ex,  USPS, and other means.  We have our physical office in Saint Joseph, but work with our clients everywhere from any location.



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This site was last updated on January 7, 2017 

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