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Robert P.M. Nordstrom Esq.
Robert Nordstrom earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/Pre Law from Michigan State University. After earning his law degree from The Detroit College of Law, he was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1971. He joined the insurance negligence defense firm of Plunkett, Cooney, Rutt and Peacock in Detroit and then moved to Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and joined the law firm of Davidson, Gotshall, Secrest, Wardle & Lynch.
In 1974, Robert and his wife, Laura, moved from the city because they felt that northern Michigan would be an excellent place to raise a family. Robert Nordstrom engaged in the general practice of law in and was elected Montmorency County Probate and Juvenile Court Judge in November 1976. At that time he was the youngest probate judge to ever serve in the state of Michigan. He continued to serve in that capacity for the next 26 years; retiring from the bench in 2003. He was admitted to The Florida Bar on October 7, 2002 and relocated to the Tampa Bay Area.
During his tenure as Chief Judge, Judge Nordstrom streamlined the delivery of juvenile services, helped develop programs to reduce the recidivism rate of juvenile offenders, established and maintained a high efficiency rating for the probate court and piloted the family court project.
Judge Nordstrom was the 2000 recipient of the Children’s Charter of Michigan Lifetime Achievement Award for providing outstanding justice and services to children, 1997 Michigan Family Independence Agency Award, Michigan Department of Social Service Foster Care Award in 1993 and 1995.
Judge Nordstrom has passion for excellence in the training of new attorneys and served as a judge of the National Moot Court Competition in 2000 and 2002 and as a Trial Advocacy Judge in 2000.
After relocating to St. Petersburg, Florida Robert Nordstrom continues to serve as an advocate and judged the final rounds of the Stetson College of Law Moot Court competition in 2006. He provided pro bono legal services for “fixed-income” clients at the John Knox Community Law Center of St. Petersburg. And in conjunction with The Florida Bar Living Wills Initiative, he has served as guest lecturer throughout the Tampa Bay area at civic organizations, board meetings and local churches. He is a member of Better Living for Seniors and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
On a personal and civic level, Robert Nordstrom served on the Board of Trustees, Pastor/Parish Relations Committee and as liturgist at the Lewiston Congregational United Church of Christ. He has continued to serve as liturgist at the Pass-A-Grille Beach Community UCC Church of St. Pete Beach. He has judged twelve regional and state level Odyssey of the Mind competitions and volunteered at nine Michigan Summer Special Olympics competitions.
Robert Nordstrom is now engaged in private practice specializing in estate and medicaid planning, asset protection and elder law and is a member of the St. Petersburg Bar Association and The Florida Bar.
Elder law is an area of legal practice that places an emphasis on the issues that affect our aging population. Elder law covers all aspects of planning for aging, illness, and incapacity. Lawyers who practice elder law are skilled in counseling clients on their best options for the future, which benefit not only the client, but their families as well.
It is no longer enough to simply prepare a basic will. With the passing of a loved one, come extremely complex issues including probate court, taxes, state limitations and regulations, and administrative fees. A good estate plan compiled by an estate planning professional will consider all possible scenarios, so that you and your loved ones are protected in the event of an unexpected occurrence.
Sitting down with an experienced elder law attorney will help you make important decisions surrounding your demise. Elder law attorneys prepare legal documents that meet your needs and desires, and most importantly protect you and your family.
Robert P M Nordstrom is skilled at addressing specific family issues and assets, and can design the right estate plan for you. Contact us today to get started.