On May 10, 2013, John A. Scott, was presented by the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan with The George A. Cooney Society Award for outstanding contributions to continuing legal education for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.
In October 2011, John was awarded the Michael W. Irish Award for outstanding contributions to the estate planning profession and to his community. John has been a frequent speaker and moderator for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He also got started and later chaired for 20 years the Annual Drafting Estate Planning Documents seminar. He served for many years on the Council of the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan and was chairperson for 2001-2002. He is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and served as its Michigan chairperson from 2009 - 2014.
1995 - Present: Private practice of law in Traverse City, Michigan. Primary areas of concentration: estate planning consultation and drafting of documents, particularly Trusts with complex allocation and distribution provisions and generation skipping transfer tax sensitive provisions, preparation of simple and complex trusts and wills, durable powers of attorney, and patient advocate designations, administration of probate and trust estates, creation and qualification for tax exempt status of foundations and trade associations, probate court litigation involving construction and interpretation of instruments and disputes regarding administration of trusts and probate estates, and actions to modify existing trusts and wills, creation of trusts and limited liability companies to hold and administer cottage properties for families, real estate transactions and resolution of title problems and partition actions.
1983-1995: Shareholder and Director of former Deming, Hughey, Lewis, Allen and Chapman, P.C., Kalamazoo, Michigan. Head of Probate and Estate Planning Section of the firm, and as such responsible for guiding firm practice in that area. Legal representation of fiduciaries in connection with probate court litigation regarding construction and interpretation of wills and trusts and cy-pres quesitons, real estate transactions and title examinations, representation of clients in environmental matters, quiet title, partitions, and adverse possession cases; Practice before the Michiagn Workers Disability Compensation Bureau representing both employers and employees.
1964 -1983: Shareholder and Director/ Vice president of Adams, Burgie, Scott, Ritter & Brenton, P.C., Kalamazoo, Michigan (dissolved). Employed by this firm and its predecessor firms. Partner in predecessor firms.
Undergraduate School: University of Michigan, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, Bachelor of Arts, 1961.
Law School: University of Michigan, Juris Doctor, 1963.