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Kimberly Crank Browning



Kimberly Browning is a Partner at Great Lakes Family Probate & Estates. Kim is passionate about building personal connections with her clients and delivering thoughtful, cost-conscious services.

Kim began her legal career right out of high school in the Theodore Levin Memorial Law Library for the U.S. District Court in Detroit, then working her way through college as a paralegal for large Detroit defense firms. Kim spent more than twenty years assisting corporate clients defend claims in toxic tort and commercial litigation as well as maintain environmental compliance. After graduating from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Kim discovered her passion to provide comprehensive estate planning services to families.

Using her solid legal foundation, Kim has built a practice as one of Southeastern Michigan's pre-eminent estate planning and elder law attorneys. Kim has helped a diverse profile of clients achieve their estate planning goals. As an elder law attorney, Kim has devised countless plans to maximize the autonomy and independence of seniors facing catastrophic long-term care expenses. Her talent in assisting persons with special needs has helped them to preserve funding and achieve their quality-of-life goals.

She has represented clients in a range of capacities including trustees, beneficiaries, personal representatives, heirs, guardians and conservators in probate courts throughout Southeastern Michigan and the Thumb. Kim believes in providing straightforward, pragmatic legal representation and her clients rely upon her to be their trusted advisor and passionate advocate.


  • State Bar of Michigan Probate and Estates; Elder Law and Disability Rights; Family Law Sections.
  • Oakland County Bar Association, 2019 Chair of Probate, Estates & Trust Committee
  • Woman Lawyer's Association of Michigan
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys


  • Selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine 2019, 2020 and 2021
  • Best Lawyers “One to Watch” 2021 and 2022
  • Hour Detroit Top Attorneys, Outstanding Young Women Lawyers in Michigan 2020
  • ICLE Contributor
  • AVVO Client Choice Award


  • Current Developments in Special Needs Laws, LACHES
  • Medicaid Eligibility in Michigan Continues to Evolve, Downriver Profile
  • Financial Abuse of Our Aging Population (a Three Part Series), Downriver Profile


  • State of Michigan
  • U.S. District for the Eastern District of Michigan

Outside of the practice of law, Kim enjoys spending time with her family, exploring Michigan's great outdoors and traveling. She, along with her husband and three children, have vacationed in 49 of the 50 states and is looking forward to visiting the last state once it is safe to travel again. A native Detroiter, Kimberly is a life-long fan of all Detroit sports teams.


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  • "Very professional and caring"

    I recently had Kimberly and her staff handle my estate planning, will, power of attorney, living will, etc. Very professional and caring. Everything was thoroughly explained in layman's terms. Very reasonably priced and thorough. They made this difficult process incredibly easy. I will definitel...
  • "professional, knowledgeable"

    We're so grateful to have worked with Kim on some family law needs. She is professional, knowledgeable and was a great help to us in navigating our questions. Kim is very quick and responsive, and proactive. She had answers to questions or problems before I had time to even worry or think about ...
  • "We relied upon you and you delivered"

    It is nice working with you. I and Chandra are very pleased with the service received from you. We relied upon you and you delivered,
  • "Highly recommended."

    Was very responsive to our needs in a difficult time. Highly recommended.
  • "creativity and thoughtfulness were evident at every step"

    In our creating a Trust, the experience and professionalism of Mrs. Crank Browning was most valuable as she also explored various options with us. She is most trustworthy, and her creativity and thoughtfulness were evident at every step.
  • "Caring, Knowledgeable, Thorough and Helpful" Recommended for Real Estate and Probate

    Kim is currently in the process of helping me with my father's estate. She is very professional in every way. She is extremely caring, knowledgeable, thorough and helpful. Her immediate response to any questions you may have is so appreciated. Kim and Stephanie go above and beyond all expectation...
  • Recommended for Medicaid and Estate Planning

    Kim and Stephanie are amazing! They helped me navigate the Medicaid application process for my mom.  They helped me set up a trust and basically held my hand through the end of life process.  They are nothing but professional, caring and compassionate.  I never waited for a return phone call or e...
  • "NEVER leaves you waiting for a call back"

    Kimberly is professional in every way but she is also understanding and empathetic. She keeps in contact regarding everything. NEVER leaves you waiting for a call back. I've recommended a few friends who also think highly of her.
  • "Kimberly's clients are her top priority" Recomended Probate Litigation

    I recently had Kimberly represent me on my father's estate.  I felt valued as her client as she was responsive to any and all questions. She was knowledgeable, extremely helpful in all aspects, very thorough and reasonably priced. Kimberly's clients are her top priority as she strives for excelle...
  • "phenomenal to deal with"

    Kim Browning was phenomenal to deal with in regards to our changes in updating our trust. The details that she discussed and the questions that were asked ensured that every item within the trust was covered. We highly recommend Kim for anyone looking to create a trust or update a trust.
  • "Honest, Trustworthy and Compassionate" Recommended for Probate and Estate Planning

    I hired Ms. Browning to probate my mother's estate and for our personal estate planning. I highly recommend her because she explains things well and is very honest, trustworthy and compassionate.
  • "Goes Above and Beyond Recommended for Conservatorship and Guardianship Probate and Estate Planning"

    Kim Browning was excellent at guiding us through the process of conservatorship, guardianship, probate and finally our trust.  We highly recommend her services. She goes above and beyond.
  • "Her knowledge put my mind at ease."

    Kim was kind, patient and thorough with our estate planning needs. She answered every question we asked. Her knowledge put my mind at ease. I would highly recommend her to anyone who asked.
  • "Handles cases efficiently"

    Kim is wonderful. She answered all my questions and handled my case efficiently. She is very good at explaining and making sure you understand everything. Would recommend Kim to anyone looking for a good estate lawyer.
  • "An absolute find!"

    I hired Atty. Browning to terminate a conservatorship re my parent's estate after I relocated my parent to my home in another state. The conservatorship was needed after my parent had suffered a stroke, however, had dragged on long after a relocated her- almost six years to be exact. During this ...
  • "Best of the Best!"

    Attorney Browning has been a blessing to my family. She has helped us navigate very complicated issues (for us) during a truly sad and emotional time. I truly appreciated her ability to provide necessary information and guidance.
  • "knowledgeable and compassionate"

    Kimberly is very knowledgeable and compassionate with her job. She was able to answer all my questions. I would recommend her for any Estate planning.
  • "Absolutely the Best!"

    Ms. Browning helped with my mother's estate and made it a seamless process. Her compassion and expert advice helped us tremendously. We could not have done it without her. Thanks.
  • Rick and Kathy S. Recommends Kimberly Crank Browning

    Kimberly handled our estate planning and gave us peace of mind in the process. She answered all of our questions and provided exactly what we needed.
  • "Helped and guided me through my divorce"

    Not sure what I would have done without the help, guidance, support, and knowledge that Kim gave me through my divorce proceedings. She was always in contact with me and willing to meet with me when needed, made my divorce much easier to go through.
  • "Kim exceeded all of my expectations"

    I needed professional legal help with a guardianship issue. Kimberly Browning was compassionate and extremely knowledgeable in the help I needed. She actually cared about my legal situation and was always available when needed. Kim succeeded and exceeded all of my expectations. We were profession...
  • Excellence in Estate Planning

    Ms. Browning was very patient with my elderly mother in-law, professional and very knowledgeable about our special circumstances. We left the office feeling we landed in the right place for our family's estate planning.
  • "Professional and Informative"

    Kimberly Browning was very professional and well informed. She was very kind to my father during a time when he was very stressed. She was available to both myself and my father and always responded promptly to our questions and concerns. She was not only able to inform us of legal action that wa...
  • "Hands down Kim is the best attorney to call"

    Kim did an excellent in arranging the elder care needs of my parents. Proceeding swiftly, as the situation dictated, Kim met us wherever it was convenient to sign necessary papers. Kim always returned phone calls! Often I would say to Kim, could you explain that again and she patiently responded....
  • "Knowledgeable and Helpful" Trust Fund

    Worked on a Trust Fund. Had much more knowledge than two other lawyers that I talked to about Long Term Care and helping me keep assets. Members of her staff also were extremely helpful to me.