Jim Lance

Contact Information:



  • Michigan State University Detroit College of Law, J.D.
  • Michigan State University, B.A. in Anthropology and Psychology

Community Involvement:

  • 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)


Thelma Brown
(269) 441-4517

Bar Admissions:

  • Michigan
  • 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.