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Benjamin J. Herbert J.D.

Benjamin J. Herbert J.D.

  • Partner


Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Estate and Trust Administration
  • Elder Law
  • Medicaid Planning and Asset Preservation
  • Complex Estate and Trust Settlements and Resolutions
  • Estate and Trust Litigation
  • Legal Counsel for Trustees and Personal Representatives


Attorney Benjamin Herbert oversees the Estate Planning, Administration, and Litigation team at Herbert Machnik Law Firm. Since 2006, Ben has focused solely on estate planning, administration, and elder law, assisting clients and their families navigate difficult times when faced with long term care needs, planning for their families when they are no longer with us, and helping the family through the estate process after passing.

Ben earned his Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law in 2006 as well as graduated cum laude from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Economics in 2003. Ben is also a graduate of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education Probate & Estate Planning Certificate Program and Elder Law Certificate Program. When out of the office Benjamin enjoys spending time with his wife and sons, hiking, fishing, camping as well as a variety of other outdoor activities

Licenses & Certificates

  • Licensed to Practice law in Michigan
  • Graduate of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education Probate & Estate Planning Certificate Program
  • Graduate of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education Elder Law Certificate Program


  • Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan
    • J.D. - 2006
  • Michigan State University
    • B.A. - 2003
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Deans List, With High Honors
    • Major: Economics

Representative Clients

  • Trustees and Personal Representatives (Executors)
  • Retirees, Senior Citizens and Families
  • Entrepreneurial, Wealth Generating Clients
  • Young Professionals
  • Professional Service Organizations
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Business Owners

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan, Member
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of Alternatives Pregnancy Care Center
  • Member of the Kalamazoo Chapter of Ducks Unlimited


  • Awarded “Rising Star” status in Super Lawyers in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, an award only given to 2.5% of attorneys in Michigan and one of only eight attorneys in Michigan for Elder Law

Classes & Seminars

  • Estate Planning for Married Couples
  • Estate Planning for Single People
  • Estate Planning for Widows and Widowers
  • Estate Planning for the Young Professional and Young Family
  • Medicaid Planning and Asset Protection
  • Spring Arbor University – Guest Lecturer on End of Life Issues
  • Society of Financial Service Professionals – Lecturer for Continuing Education Credits

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Alternatives Pregnancy Care Center, Board of Directors
  • Christian Legal Aid of Southwest Michigan, Board of Directors
  • Kalamazoo Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, Member