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Charles S. Ofstein

  • Partner
Charles S Ofstein


Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning and Administration
  • Probate
  • Probate Litigation
  • Wealth Preservation
  • Elder Law
  • Disability Planning


Charles S. Ofstein has been with DeMent and Marquardt since 2012. He was previously an associate at a mid-sized law firm in Chicago, Illinois. He enjoys participating in the the Rotary Club of Kalamazoo and is on the board of Farmers Alley Theatre, Centrica Care Navigators and the Oversight Board of the Congregation of Moses in Kalamazoo. Charlie actively participates as a voting member of the Elder Law and Disability Rights Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He also is a prolific contributor to the institute of continuing legal education, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He enjoys downhill skiing in Michigan and Colorado, outdoor cycling up north and travel abroad. He resides in Kalamazoo with his wife and two teenage children.


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • Juris Doctor
    • Honors: cum laude
  • The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Economics
    • Major: Political Science
  • Recognized as a Michigan Leading Lawyer in the practice area of Elder Law, Trust, Will and Estate Planning Law, 2023.
  • Probate and Estate Planning Certificate, Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • Super Lawyer, 2023

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan (Probate and Estate Planning Section)
  • State Bar of Michigan (Elder Law and Disability Rights Section)
  • State Bar of Illinois
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Published Works

  • “Drafting the Medicaid Application”, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, State of Michigan (presented at the 25th Annual Drafting Estate Planning Documents Seminar, January 21, 2016)
  • “Drafting Durable Powers of Attorney”, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, State of Michigan (presented at the 1st Annual Elder Law Institute, September 15, 2015)
  • “Comment: Destination Unknown: Illinois’ Search for a Solution to the Physician Collective Bargaining Problem”, 33 Loyola U. Chi. L. J. 443 (2002)

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Past Positions

  • Antitrust Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General, Clerk
  • Donohue, Brown, Mathewson and Smyth, Chicago, IL, Associate
  • Altheimer & Gray, Summer Associate
  • Illinois Attorney General, Antitrust Bureau, Summer Law Clerk
  • Accenture, Process Analyst


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