Karen Jo Bennett
Karen Jo Bennett has practiced law in Alpena since 1980. As a long-time business owner and community leader, Karen has a passion for helping businesses develop and thrive. She knows that part of creating a successful business is developing a great team of co-workers and advisors. She is privileged to work with a great team of professionals in her office and in the businesses she represents.
Karen enjoys working with families and family-owned businesses, helping them plan for succession of assets from one generation to the next. She helps families and individuals create plans, strategies and documents to effectively manage and protect personal and business assets during life, and ultimately transfer the assets after death in a manner which preserves family harmony and avoids disputes while reducing expense and delay.
Karen obtained her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her Juris Doctor in 1978 from the University of Michigan Law School. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Elder Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. She is a frequent speaker on topics of elder law and estate planning.
Karen is also the owner of The Center Building, a founding member of Art in the Loft and a long-time supporter of Downtown Alpena. She currently serves on the Economic Committee of the Alpena Downtown Development Authority. Karen has served on the boards and committees of many community organizations She was named 2008 “Citizen of the Year” by the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce.