What Jay’s clients say:
I felt that the staff showed compassion and calmed my fears about the process of making a will and a trust. they also explained everything so that I had no questions as to the process after it w as completed. I have dealt with many other attorneys in the past but I was very pleased with the sincerity of Mr. Kakaty and how he got to know me through the process without feeling bothered by my questions or requests. – Joseph G.
My wife and I both needed the assurance that our wishes would be carried out….Jay explained the process very well and all of our questions were answered. Even with this update that we just had done, Jay presented the entire package in a very understandable manner and we left the office feeling very satisfied. – Norman L.
Our existing plan was outdated — our financial advisor recommended some additional trust considerations.The process was seamless — Jay did an excellent job of explaining goals and approaches — I felt comfortable making decisions and with the decisions made. – Thomas F.
Jay Kakaty graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University in 2001. Following graduation, he attended Thomas Cooley Law School where he received his Juris Doctorate in 2004. Throughout law school, Jay worked for various law firms as a clerk, but his most memorable experience was an internship with the National Recording Academy, better known as the Grammys.
Jay has always had a passion for music. Not having been blessed with the musical talents that would allow him to become the next Jimi Hendrix, he turned to the law. After accepting his fate of becoming an attorney and not a musician, Jay decided to combine his two passions of law and music.
Immediately after law school, Jay took a job working for a small firm in Royal Oak, Michigan. Jay originally interviewed for an estate planning position, but in a twist of fate, he was hired to build the firm’s entertainment/business law practice as well. During his first three years of practice, Jay represented clients through probate and federal court and drafted estate plans and business plans that helped his clients avoid needless litigation.
As his entertainment practice grew steadily, Crain’s Detroit Business Magazine recognized Jay as one of their “Twenty in their 20’s” in 2005. Jay continued to work for that firm until 2007 when the attorneys decided to separate. At that point, Jay began his own practice where he continued to focus on probate, entertainment law, and estate and business planning.
However, his life as a sole practitioner would be short-lived, as Jay missed the team atmosphere of working with a firm. For that reason, Jay decided to join Shea Law Firm, PLLC, which has since been renamed Shea Aiello, PLLC.
Today his practice remains the same, with a focus on entertainment law, estate planning, and business planning. Although Jay practices primarily out of the firm’s Grandville office, he also meets with clients in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Okemos, Kalamazoo, and Southfield.
Undergraduate Education: Michigan State University, 2001
Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Economics
Graduate Education: Thomas Cooley Law School, 2004
Entertainment and Sports Committee
Interned with the National Recording Academy, better known as the Grammys
Honors/Awards: Crain’s Detroit Magazine recognized Jay as one of their “Twenty in their 20’s” in 2005
Crain’s Detroit: Movers, Shakers, Mixers, Makers Award
Previous Legal Jobs: Worked at a well-known law firm as a probate and entertainment attorney
Acted as a sole practitioner prior to joining Shea Aiello, PLLC