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Malviya elected as ACTEC Fellow


Miller Johnson attorney Raj A. Malviya is one of 36 new Fellows of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), elected by the Board of Regents at its fall meeting.  He is the only attorney from Michigan; the others hail from across the U.S., Canada and England.

To qualify for membership to ACTEC, a lawyer must be nominated by his or her peers and have no less than 10 years' experience in the active practice of probate and trust law or estate planning.  Fellows are elected based on their outstanding reputation, exceptional skill, and substantial contributions to the field by lecturing, writing, teaching, and participating in bar leadership or legislative activities.  It is their aim to improve and reform probate, trust and tax laws, procedures, and professional responsibility.

ACTEC’s President, Susan House, offered her congratulations stating, “only the most dedicated and talented trust and estate law professionals are elected into ACTEC.  We ... look forward to having [new fellows] join us in the mission of ACTEC to improve and reform probate, trust, and tax laws, procedures, and professional responsibility.”

Malviya practices both domestic and international probate and estate planning, business succession planning, and taxation.  He specializes in matters related to tax and non-tax planning for US citizens, residents, and nonresidents who have ties to foreign jurisdictions. Malviya earned his LL.M., in Taxation, with honors, from Northwestern University School of Law and his J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law where he was a Charles Gromley Scholar.   He is recognized by Best Lawyers in America, is a Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star and, recently, named a Rising Star by Chambers and Partners for Private Wealth Law.  He has also been recognized by the Grand Rapids Business Journal as one of its 40 Under Forty. Malviya was a Fellow with the American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Section, ACTEC Young Leadership Program and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

Malviya is sought after as a national presenter on domestic and international estate planning and tax developments, and is a frequently published author. He recently wrote a chapter on “International Estate Planning” for The Michigan Estate Planning Handbook.
Malviya joins Miller Johnson colleagues Robert Brower, Christopher Edgar and Lauretta Murphy who are also ACTEC Fellows.