Our Team

Michael PittR. Michael Pitt

Mike Pitt is a founding partner of Pitt & Frank and Pitt & Emison, and has been working in the areas of estate planning, real estate and asset protection for more than 20 years. Mike graduated from Vanderbilt University (B.A.,1973) and Vanderbilt University School of Law (J.D.,1976) (Associate Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review, 1975-76).

Working with a dedicated estate planning team, Mike’s practice is limited now to assisting his clients control and protect their assets first during their lives and, thereafter, to provide for their loved ones in accordance with their own, individual estate plan, while minimizing taxes, professional and administrative fees and other costs.

Throughout his 35 year career as an attorney, Mike has enjoyed a reputation for his calming influence, his insightful analysis and his ability to help his clients better understand their options and make informed choices on how to achieve their goals.

Mike currently is a member of the Wealth Counsel, Elder Counsel, Kentucky Bar Association, and the Louisville Bar Association.

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Christine EmisonChris Emison

Since 2003, Chris’ focus has been on representing clients in estate planning, probate, and real estate matters.  Through her years of experience in both probate and estate planning matters, she is able to plan her clients’ estates to minimize the time, expense and publicity of probate.  Plus, during the time of difficult decision making and grief, after the passing of a loved one, she is able to provide her clients with compassion and skill in guiding them through the process.

Chris also helps her client with Medicaid asset protection, through both advanced Medicaid planning and crisis Medicaid planning. She has helped many clients in protecting their assets from the costs of long term care. There are also many ways to assist veterans and their families with obtaining Veteran’s benefits. Through her training and familiarity with these programs, she is able to help clients maximize their benefits under both programs.

Chris received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public and Environmental Affairs. She worked for eight years as an oil and gas landman negotiating mineral leases in eight different states. She then obtained her law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where she was also a Notes Editor for the University of Kentucky Journal of Mineral Law and Policy.

Chris is married to Bryce, and has two daughters, Sidney and Claire.  She is on the DeSales High School Board and Executive Committee, and is active in her church, St. Albert the Great.  She currently is a member of Wealth Counsel, Elder Counsel, Kentucky Bar Association and the Louisville Bar Association.

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Christine EmisonJane Schmidt

Jane Schmidt focuses her practice on Elder Law – helping seniors save money with Veterans Benefits and careful estate planning to avoid the extremely high cost of nursing home care. She also prepares wills and other Estate Planning documents such as the Power of Attorney and Living Wills.

Jane is a Louisville-based attorney licensed in Kentucky and Georgia. She is a graduate of The College of William and Mary (B.A.), Georgia State University (M.B.A.), and Georgia Law School (J.D.) Jane is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association’s Elder Law Section as well as Elder Counsel, Wealth Counsel, and Elder Law Answers.

Formerly, she worked as an attorney for the Federal Trade Commission helping to protect Americans from losing money to scam artists. Prior to that Jane worked as a marketing specialist for Computer Communications Specialists and as a finance assistant for Hart Marx in Atlanta.

Jane is a trained Stephen Minister, serves tea to women with cancer through the Sterling Tea Ministry, and has been a Girl Scout Leader and volunteer for over ten years. She is married to Dr. William Schmidt. Together they have three beautiful children and a yellow lab.

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