Salvatore J. LaMendola


Salvatore J. LaMendola has been a member of the Trusts and Estates Practice Group at Giarmarco, Mullins and Horton, P.C. since 1996, and a member of the LL.M. adjunct law faculty at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School since 2016. He focuses his practice on basic estate planning, charitable planning, planning for retirement plan benefits, and amending irrevocable trusts via trust “decanting”. Sal advises clients on probate avoidance techniques and estate tax reduction strategies; on the federal income and transfer tax benefits of charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, and private foundations; on using trusts with IRAs and other retirement plans to ensure the best income tax and asset protection outcomes; and on transferring assets from old irrevocable trusts to new ones that contain the provisions now desired. Sal has been published in CCH Financial and Estate Planning; the Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal, and the Michigan Bar Journal. He has also authored the book entitled Estate Planning for Catholics: A Guide to Doing God’s Will in Your Will (and Other Estate Planning Documents).

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning


  • University of Notre Dame, B.S., summa cum laude
  • Notre Dame Law School, J.D.

Admitted to Practice

  • Michigan 1994