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Julie Cotant

Principal J.D., Senior Trust Officer Southfield Wealth Management
Specializes In: Trust

I was a Dale Carnegie instructor for 11 years and trained hundreds of people in personal relationships, communications, public speaking, and leadership.
Julie Cotant
Principal, J.D., Senior Trust Officer


As a senior trust officer with Plante Moran Trust, N.A. my expertise is estate settlement. I work with families to ensure that a decedent's wishes are fulfilled by distributing assets according to his or her trust document. I also handle ongoing trust administration. The best part of my job is helping families navigate difficult times and relieving any extra burdens so they can focus on their loved ones.

Before joining Plante Moran Trust, N.A. I was an attorney in private practice for 14 years. I specialized in probate and trust administration; probate, business, and commercial litigation; and estate planning. During my practice, I was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star (2014, 2015, and 2019), which is a peer-nominated recognition reserved for less than 2.5 percent of the legal profession. I was also on DBusiness’s list of Top Lawyers in 2019.

I earned my B.A. in history from the University of Michigan and my J. D. from Wayne State University Law School.

Outside of work, I love spending time with my three kids, reading (especially in the self-improvement genre), and trying new restaurants and activities.

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