- Michigan State University Detroit College of Law, J.D.
- Michigan State University, B.A. in Anthropology and Psychology
- City of Battle Creek Ward 5 Commissioner
- Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce (Board member)
- Mid-Michigan Junior Achievement (Past)
- Battle Creek Area Boys and Girls Club (Past)
- Battle Creek Rotary (Past)
- United Way of Battle Creek (Past)
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
- Calhoun County Bar
- Title Insurance Litigation Committee of American Bar Association
- Elder Law Section of State Bar of Michigan
- Probate Section of State Bar of Michigan
Jim Lance expressly focuses his practice on helping clients plan for their distinct futures. His experience is both broad and deep and ranges from creating comprehensive estate plans that reflect specific client goals, to assisting seniors dealing with the complexities of Medicaid planning, to serving as an impressive and tireless advocate should a dispute or litigation ensue.
A resolute problem-solver who has closed transactions and resolved disputes valued into the tens of millions of dollars, Jim considers himself a general practice attorney with multi-dimensional skill in estate planning, probate, and elder law, as well as in real estate and business law planning and litigation. Because Jim believes representing clients is a privilege, he is committed to serving client needs every step of the way.
As a reasonable, candid, and practical people person, Jim acts as one-stop counsel to individuals, families, and businesses alike and thrives in the face of a challenge. A no-nonsense and candid communicator, he focuses on end-game-driven explanations and results while working with each client to realize the delicate balance between legal spending and the right outcome. Because Jim is fluent in the mechanics of wealth and business planning, he does not waste resources or time.
Born in Vietnam, Jim had the good fortune to be adopted by an amazing family from Michigan. His father owned an auto parts store, and his mother was a stay-at-home-parent, keeping order between Jim and his siblings. Jim credits his family with providing him with the foundation of humbleness and good moral character.
Posts by or including Jim Lance
First-Time Michigan OWI Offenders Now Eligible for a Clean Slate
In August 2021, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer approved new legislation allowing first-time operating while intoxicated (OWI) offenders … Continue Reading
Two Lesser-Known Estate Planning and Financial Benefits of the CARES Act
As the pandemic continues to rage and many provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security … Continue Reading
Estate Planning for Families With Young Children: Choosing a Guardian
Which life event, more than any other, spurs people to get serious about estate planning? Having children. … Continue Reading
Three Kreis Enderle Attorneys Selected to 2019 Michigan Super Lawyers List
Kreis Enderle is pleased to announce that three of our attorneys were named to the 2019 list … Continue Reading
Using Care Contracts to Preserve Medicaid Benefits
As seniors live longer lives, their children often find themselves in the positions of becoming primary caregivers … Continue Reading
Adverse Possession in Real Property Boundary Disputes
Believe it or not, a person can become the rightful owner of a piece of real property … Continue Reading
The Benefits and Pitfalls of Real Estate Land Contracts
A land contract can be an attractive alternative to a traditional real estate transaction. Unlike a conventionally … Continue Reading
Three Kreis Enderle Attorneys Named to 2018 List of Michigan Super Lawyers
Kreis Enderle is pleased to announce that managing partner Steve Hessen has been included on the list … Continue Reading
Lance to Be Honored for Elder Abuse Prevention Efforts
Battle Creek, Michigan – Kreis Enderle attorney Jim Lance will be honored at the First Annual Prevention … Continue Reading
Forfeiture or Foreclosure: Two Land Contract Default Remedies
When a purchaser defaults on a land contract, the seller has two legal options, forfeiture or foreclosure. … Continue Reading