About

Christopher J. Berry, Esq., CELA is the founder of two interrelated companies that provide financial services and legal services to Michigan families. Chris is the founding President of a law firm that does estate and elder law planning (The Elder Care Firm).  The second company is a registered investment advisory firm that provides cutting-edge tax-free retirement, retirement income, long-term care protection strategies and conservative money management (The CJ Berry Group).  The companies are located in Metro-Detroit.

Christopher J. Berry is a nationally-recognized estate and financial planning expert, quoted in publications like Kiplinger’s Retirement.  Chris Berry is an invited presenter for some of the world’s top financial companies, money managers and industry associations such as Northwestern Mutual, Mass Mutual, John Hancock, Michigan Association of CPA’s, Society of Financial Service Professionals, Financial Planning Association and the Institute of Continued Legal Education, to name a few.

Christopher Berry is the author of The Caregiver’s Legal Guide to Planning for a Loved one with Chronic Illness.  Additionally, Chris Berry has co-authored two other books Tax-Free Money for Long-term Care and Protect My IRA: Avoid the 5 Common Mistakes.

Christopher J. Berry, Esq., CELA is also the creator of the Castle Trust Asset Protection Plan, which is an innovative legal strategy to protect against lawsuits and long-term care costs.

Lecturer

  • Institute of Continued Legal Education
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • National Business Institue
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Michigan Association of CPAs
  • WealthCounsel
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Merryl Lynch
  • John Hancock
  • Society of Financial and Insurane Professionals
  • Financial Planning Association
  • Geriatric Social Workers of South-East Michigan
  • Western Michigan Universtiy Cooley Law
  • Oakland Community College
  • Area Agency on Aging 1B

Publications

  • Caregiver’s Legal Guide to Planning for a Loved One with Chronic Illness, 2014, Advantage Press

Member

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Financial Planning Association
  • Ed Slott’s Elite IRA Advisor Group
  • Strategic Coach
  • Michigan Bar Association Probate and Elder Law Section
  • Society of Financail and Insurance Professionals

Education

  • Michigan State Universtiy College of Law, Corporate Concentration
  • Grand Valley State Universtiy, Honors Program, Financial/Psychology Degree