responding to family matters

Shelley A. Kester

Shelley Kester is an award-winning attorney, a community leader, a dynamic communicator and a caring individual. Her practice includes nearly all aspects of family law, including divorce law. She was among the first in Northern Michigan to complete the Family Law Certificate Program through the Institute of Continuing Education and the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Ms. Kester has contributed to the legal profession in Michigan since 1992, serving as past president of the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association and member of the Michigan State Supreme Court Bar. She is also a former member of the California State Bar. An active member of the State Bar of Michigan, Ms. Kester served on its Domestic Violence committee, Practice Management Committee as well as subcommittees of the Family Law Section. Most recently, she was appointed to serve on the Family Law Council for the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. A trained facilitative mediator and collaborative divorce attorney, she is a current member of the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and Up North Collaborative Divorce Professionals.

Highly involved in serving her community, Ms. Kester was twice appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Board and is the founding and past chair of the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center. She is also a founding officer and past Board Member of the Great Lakes Children’s Museum. Ms. Kester the proud daughter of Patrick Wilson, who serves of counsel to Wilson Kester.

Ryan A. Hulst

Ryan Hulst is a family law and estate planning attorney. His practice includes legal representation in divorce, custody and parenting time matters as well as assistance with preparing powers of attorney, medical directives, deeds, wills, trusts and business succession plans. Furthermore, he is available to assist with will and trust reviews, trust funding and administration issues, trust settlement and in navigating the probate process.

Prior to moving to Traverse City, Mr. Hulst was an Officer in the United States Army. He served for over 10 years, first as an Infantry Officer and then as a Judge Advocate. As the latter, Mr. Hulst served as a Prosecutor and Administrative Law Attorney and prosecuted a variety of crimes, including military specific crimes (failure to follow a lawful order), illegal drug distribution, domestic violence and sexual assault.

Mr. Hulst earned his B.S. in Economics from the United States Military Academy and was a King Scholar, graduating summa cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law. A native of west Michigan, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two children.

Ryan A. Hulst

Ryan Hulst is a family law and estate planning attorney. His practice includes legal representation in divorce, custody and parenting time matters as well as assistance with preparing powers of attorney, medical directives, deeds, wills, trusts and business succession plans. Furthermore, he is available to assist with will and trust reviews, trust funding and administration issues, trust settlement and in navigating the probate process.

Prior to moving to Traverse City, Mr. Hulst was an Officer in the United States Army. He served for over 10 years, first as an Infantry Officer and then as a Judge Advocate. As the latter, Mr. Hulst served as a Prosecutor and Administrative Law Attorney and prosecuted a variety of crimes, including military specific crimes (failure to follow a lawful order), illegal drug distribution, domestic violence and sexual assault.

Mr. Hulst earned his B.S. in Economics from the United States Military Academy and was a King Scholar, graduating summa cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law. A native of west Michigan, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two children.

Patrick J. Wilson

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Patrick J. Wilson has been engaged in the general practice of law since 1963, with emphasis in: estate planning, wills & trusts, probate, real estate, general & professional business, corporate & business law, non-profit organizations, healthcare, labor and school law.
Mr. Wilson was admitted to the Michigan Supreme Court and U.S District and 6th Circuit, Court of Appeals and is a past president of the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association. With a long history of community service, he served as a board member and past president of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and served on the board for the Grand Traverse YMCA. Mr. Wilson is a former member of the Board of Trustees for Michigan State University, receiving gubernatorial appointments to the State Board of Ethics and the State Officers Compensation Commission. He was named distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, and Distinguished Alumni by Michigan State University. Mr. Wilson was also named Boss of the Year by the Grand Traverse Area Legal Professionals Association.

Mr. Wilson has the unique history of having been a member of both the MSU 1956 Rose Bowl team and the MSU 1957 Final Four Basketball Team. Mr. Wilson is a former United States Army pilot with a tour of duty to Korea. He married his college sweetheart, Sharalee Carter Wilson, in 1960. They are the proud parents of Shelley A. Kester and four other children, and are blessed with fourteen grandchildren.