Ronald Barron has been practicing law for more than forty-six years focusing on probate litigation, trust administration, estate administration, and commercial litigation. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to small family-owned businesses and individuals. Although he is a fearless litigator, Ronald is also exceptionally compassionate with clients, and other attorneys frequently turn to him for advice, counsel, and mentoring. He has the distinction of being in the Master Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Mr. Barron has also received the Client Distinction Award by Martindale-Hubbell presented to less than 1% of attorneys in the nation. As an accomplished speaker and expert in the field, he has lectured for numerous financial institutions, insurance companies and businesses, and has also appeared in various television and radio broadcasts. Ronald Barron and his partner, Andrew Mayoras achieved a critical victory in Michigan Court of Appeal that will likely have long-standing implications in trust and probate law in the State of Michigan.
On January 29, 2015, the Michigan Court of Appeals released a published opinion that clarified several different aspects of Michigan’s comprehensive Trust Code, which is a relatively new law, passed in 2010. The opinion involved longstanding and very contentious probate court litigation, in which Ron Barron served as co-trustee of a substantial trust and who has been acting as counsel for decedent’s business for over thirty years, and Andy Mayoras served as the litigation and appellate counsel. The Case, In re Gerald L. Pollack Trust, involved a heated dispute starting in Oakland County Probate Court, brought by two sons of the decedent, successful business owner Gerald Pollack, who died in 2009. The final trust protected the wife’s interests throughout her life. The sons felt entitled to inherit control and ownership of the business immediately, not after the wife passed away. In bringing this heated probate court battle, numerous legal issues of first impression were raised, which have now been answered (in many cases for the first time in the State of Michigan) by this Court of Appeals opinion. The Michigan Trust Code has only been in effect for less than five years, these rulings will define and govern the applicability of these important provisions of the statutes for what is likely to be decades to come. Mr. Barron received his B.A. from Michigan State University and his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School.
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