Kate L. Ringler

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Summary

Kate is an associate in Taft’s Tax group in the Detroit office. She concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, and taxation. Kate advises individuals as they consider personal, medical, and financial decisions in estate planning, especially when those decisions involve family members with special needs and protecting public benefits.

Before joining Taft, Kate was a tax attorney and partnered with clients and external advisors to create and implement estate planning and tax savings strategies. Kate also worked at BMO Harris Bank, where she advised the line of businesses on fiduciary responsibilities and compliance matters. She has experience with federal banking regulations as it related to the trust business and is well-versed in all aspects of trust administration and uses her experience to better protect her clients’ interests. 

Kate earned her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she was an active member of the Student Bar Association Elections Committee and the Black Law Students Association. She also earned her LL.M. in taxation from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of South Carolina.

Awards

  • Honoree, Best Lawyers® “Ones to Watch,” Trusts and Estates (2021 – present)

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Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law (2011)
  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law (2012)

    LL.M. – Taxation

  • University of South Carolina (2008)

    B.A. – Political Science

Admissions

  • State - Michigan
  • State - Illinois
  • Federal - Eastern District of Michigan

Speeches and Publications

Co-Author, “Electronics and Estate Planning,” Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal Vol. 38, No. 1 (Winter 2018).

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan

    Member, Taxation, Probate and Estate Planning Sections