Your Team

MEET OUR TEAM!

 

HOWARD "JACK" WEYERS, JR.

Mr. Weyers is a graduate of Okemos High School, Spring Arbor University, and Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School and has lived and worked in Mid-Michigan since 1973. Currently, Jack resides in Okemos with his wife and daughter.

After a 20-year career as Michigan-licensed life and health insurance agent working in the employee benefits industry wherein Jack served in several capacities including Chief Executive Officer, at WEYCO INC., Mr. Weyers decided to return to school to complete his undergraduate education.

While he was attending Spring Arbor University, Jack’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Prior to his mother’s death in 2013, Jack served as one of his mother’s primary caregivers and, as such, gained a deep understanding of the plight of those suffering from dementia as well those who care for them. Jack’s experience with his mother inspired him to find a career path that would allow him to be of service to not only those families who have a member that suffers with Alzheimer’s disease but also to the elderly in general as well as to families with children who have special needs. Additional experience gained while participating in the Sixty Plus Elderlaw Clinic at Cooley solidified Jack’s desire to be of aid to the elderly and those with special needs.

Mr. Weyers graduated magna cum laude from Cooley in January 2015. While at Cooley, Jack earned nine Certificates of Merit and served as associate editor on the Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical and Clinical Law. Mr. Weyers practice areas include wills, trusts, probate, and long-term care and special needs planning.

 

 

 

EMILY M. KLAVENSKI

John W. Bissell, P.C. added Emily M. Klavenski as an Associate Attorney primarily practicing in the areas of divorce, custody, support, criminal and wills. Ms. Klavenski graduated ninth in her class and Magna Cum Laude from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Ms. Klavenski's law school accomplishments include being named to the dean's list and honor roll, receiving the Certificate of Merit in Family Law, Taxation, and Equities and Remedies. Ms. Klavenski served as the Associate Editor and Managing Associate Editor for the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review and received the John D. Volker Award for her contributions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ERICA SALIDIVAR

Erica was born in Lansing, Michigan and grew up in Mason. She graduated from Mason High School in 1999 and enrolled in Lansing Community College while working at ServiceMaster Clean in Mason. During this time she met her husband. Their first daughter was born in March 2004 after a very difficult pregnancy. Her daughter was born with mild Cerebral Palsy that resulted after she had a blood clot in her brain that caused her to have a stroke before birth. After that Erica became a stay-at-home mom for 10 years. Their second daughter was born in April 2011. 

In January 2015 Erica returned to work, waiting tables at City Limits in Mason, while she returned to school and followed her passion. Her father is a retired Lansing Police Officer, and her brother is a former Correction’s Officer for the State of Michigan. Legal work has always been what Erica knew she was destined for. It was TV commercials for the Legal Secretary program at Career Quest Learning Centers that really got her attention and prompted her to finish her education. When beginning her program at Career Quest Erica thought the Criminal Law class would be her favorite, but she realized it was the Estate Planning class that was most interesting. So, she put a bug in the ear of the Externship coordinator that she would like to complete her Externship with an Estate Planning law firm, and it worked! On July 25, 2016 Erica began her 5-week Externship at Family and Elder Law of Mid-Michigan, P.C. and has been here ever since! 

In her down time Erica enjoys going for walks through downtown Mason with her youngest daughter looking for kindness rocks. She also enjoys painting kindness rocks, cooking, and exploring historic places (the older, the better!). Her favorite places that she has visited so far are Mackinac Island and Tombstone, Arizona. Someday she hopes to have a well-worn passport!

 

 

Catherine Bush

Catherine resides with her family in her hometown of Mason, Michigan. She has a wide variety of background experiences that she brings to the table in a way that highlights our company's strengths and she provides a balanced insight to our team. Catherine serves as the Funding Cooridinator, assisting our clienty in making sure they have all of their "ducks in a row," by offering a friendly approach to a difficult subject.

Our law firm has a heart for the Alzheimer's cause, and Catherine is no exception. After seeing what her family went through when losing the patriarch of their family, she learned there is much more to end of life considerations than simply "creating a will". Catherine is dedicated to creating a better way for families to leave their loved ones prepared for their departure.

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