George F. Bearup

Advisor, Local Attorney
Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

George has practiced law in Traverse City for 36 years, is a Fellow of the State Bar of Michigan. He was a founding member of Smith Haughey, a Traverse City law office (1990). He is recognized in Michigan and the nation as a leader in the areas of estate planning and retirement planning, named as a “Michigan Super Lawyer” since 2006, also listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” (Trusts) for over 20 years. George has been a Fellow of The American College of Trusts and Estates Council since 2002, and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He is one of only 2,600 attorneys in the nation elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. The College is a national organization that includes attorneys who have demonstrated the highest level of integrity,  commitment to the profession, competence, and experience as trust and estate counselors.

George is very active in the Traverse City community, and was recently appointed as Chair the Munson Healthcare Affiliations Committee, created to analyze a potential partnership with Spectrum Health. Over the years, he has donated a significant amount of time, legal expertise, and resources to the Rotary Charities of Traverse City, the largest grant giving chapter of all Rotary Charities in the world.

George is also a frequent speaker and moderator for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education seminars, including the Annual Drafting Estate Planning Documents Seminar and Annual Probate and Estate Planning Institute Seminar. He has also written several articles on Divorce, Probate Trusts, and Estate Planning, and is a Chapter author and former co-editor of the “Michigan Revocable Grantor Trusts” (ICLE 2d and 3d eds).