Fruitport, Michigan Estate Planning Lawyers

Anne M VanderBroek
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Spring Lake, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 2 years experience
(616) 607-7522 17190 Van Wagoner Rd.
Spring Lake, MI 49456
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Elder and Probate
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and Lake Michigan College
At VanderBroek Law PLLC in Spring Lake, Michigan, we are fully prepared to help you with myriad serious legal issues affecting nearly every aspect of your life, including your family, your business, your finances and your future.

To that end, our law firm offers exceptional representation and support to a diverse range of clients throughout Ottawa, Kent and Muskegon counties who have legal needs involving any of the following practice areas:

Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy
Commercial collections and Debt Relief
Criminal Defense - including Felony, Misdemeanor, and OWI/DWI representation
Estate planning, wills, trusts, and elder law and probate administration

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Adam Zuwerink
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Muskegon, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 15 years experience
(231) 457-4235 900 3rd Street
Suite 203
Muskegon, MI 49440
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
University of Virginia
Headquartered in Holland / Zeeland, Michigan with a second office in Muskegon, Michigan, West Michigan Law, P.C. was founded by Adam Zuwerink to provide the highest-quality legal services on an efficient and cost-effective basis, focusing on business, real estate and estate planning legal work.
Donald Messinger
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Spring Lake, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 46 years experience
(616) 846-7600 17190 Van Wagoner Road
Spring Lake, MI 49456
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
DePaul College of Law
I have a broad range of legal service experience including; estate planning with wills, trusts and business plan documents; business transactions and contracts; civil litigation; and a variety of commercial and residential real estate matters.
Roger G Cotner
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Grand Haven, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 35 years experience
(616) 846-7153 220 Franklin Ave.
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Consumer and Tax
University of Richmond School of Law
Douglas McPhail
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Muskegon, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 30 years experience
(800) 968-1448 800 E. Ellis Road
Muskegon, MI 49441
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Doug McPhail has more than 28 years experience helping families, like yours, protect their estates from nursing home poverty, taxes and unnecessary probate expenses. Doug earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Mass Communications from Taylor University where he was active in student government leadership roles. After college, Doug enrolled at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law where he graduated with honors in 1988. Doug earned the American Jurisprudence Award for Academic Excellence in the area of professional responsibility and was published member of the University of Detroit Law Review. While in...
Fredric Balgooyen
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Muskegon, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 52 years experience
(231) 733-2566 McCroskey Law Building
1440 Peck Street
Muskegon, MI 49441
Estate Planning, Criminal, Elder and Probate
Balgooyen Law Offices has been a general practice firm in Muskegon County for over 40 years, having represented three municipal governments, several area businesses, and multiple generations of Muskegon families. Fredric F. Balgooyen, sole practitioner, has experience as both a prosecuting and public defense attorney, is a member of the State Bar of Michigan's Criminal Law Section, Probate and Estate Planning Section and Master Lawyer Section. Practice areas include estate planning, Wills & Trusts, Probate and decedent estates, real estate, business law, business planning, commercial and civil litigation, Landlord-Tenant, family law, domestic issues, divorce, child support...
Mr. Shawn P. Eyestone
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Muskegon, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 18 years experience
(800) 667-5291 800 East Ellis Road
#511
Muskegon, MI 49441
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Business
At Eyestone Law Offices, PLC, we provide practical and affordable solutions for your personal and financial legal issues, such as wills, trusts, estate planning, and asset protection. Many of our clients also own small businesses or closely-held companies, and we help these entrepreneurs reduce risk and maximize profits. Our business, financial and estate planning services are designed to ensure that your life’s work continues to provide for you and your family even after you no longer can. No business and personal situation is the same as another, so before charging you a cent or suggesting any course of action, we make...
John Michael Guinan
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Grand Haven, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 17 years experience
(616) 847-1234 41 Washington Ave.
Suite 250
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Estate Planning, Elder, Personal Injury and Probate
Western New England University School of Law
Adam J. Sheridan
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Conklin, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 15 years experience
(616) 304-0987 1706 Coolidge Street
Conklin, MI 49403
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Probate and Tax
Marquette University Law School
With over fourteen years' experience in both law firm and large corporate environments, handling local, national, and international transactions of various types, I am able to assist clients in structuring and completing complex transactions while maintaining a personalized focus. Our firm appreciates each opportunity we have to learn a client's needs and provide customized solutions to the client's legal issues. I have substantial experience in real estate, corporate structure and governance, commercial contracts and procurement, mergers and acquisitions, estate and succession planning, taxation planning, and construction.
Martin Holmes
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Muskegon, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(231) 744-9439 318 Center St
Muskegon, MI 49445
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Probate and Social Security Disability
University of Detroit
Muskegon, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(231) 722-1621 601 Terrace St
Muskegon, MI 49440
Estate Planning, Real Estate and Tax
Muskegon, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(231) 725-4200 8 W Walton Ave
Muskegon, MI 49440
Estate Planning
Muskegon, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(231) 722-5406 601 Terrace St
Muskegon, MI 49440
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Health Care
Grand Haven, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 17 years experience
(616) 842-3030 100 N 3rd St
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Tax
Grand Haven, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(616) 842-3030 100 N 3rd St
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Estate Planning and Elder
Grand Haven, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(616) 847-1000 250 Washington Ave
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Estate Planning and Business
Muskegon, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(231) 733-1001 2533 Peck St
Muskegon, MI 49444
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Grand Haven, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(616) 846-4900 509 Franklin St
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Muskegon, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(231) 798-1785 1415 Hendrick Rd
Muskegon, MI 49441
Estate Planning
Grand Haven, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(616) 846-7100 233 Washington Avenue
Suite 205
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Grand Haven, MI Estate Planning Attorney
(616) 842-1661 222 Franklin St
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Muskegon, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(231) 722-5411 601 Terrace St
Muskegon, MI 49440
Estate Planning and Elder
Grand Haven, MI Estate Planning Lawyer
(616) 842-1661 222 Franklin St
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Kelly Lambert
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GRAND RAPIDS, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 30 years experience
(616) 732-8888 1444 MICHIGAN ST NE Suite 9
GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49503
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Probate
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
KELLY G. LAMBERT was born in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1981. In 1985, he received his Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Michigan State University where he was a National Merit Scholar. In December 1988, he received his law degree from University of Michigan Law School, where he was the recipient of the Wolverine State Bar Association Scholarship. In 1989 he was licensed to practice law in New York. In 1990 he was admitted to practice law in Michigan. He was admitted to practice...
L. Allen Heneveld
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Grand Rapids, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 34 years experience
(616) 498-5112 2828 Kraft Ave SE
Ste. 256
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Probate and Trademarks
The George Washington University Law School
BUSINESS LAW. With my education (JD, MBA, CPA) and experience (Attorney and Business Executive) I bring an unusual extensive knowledge and experience in both the business legal world and the business operations world. As a result, I understand both the business and legal aspects of most situations.

ESTATE PLANNING. I have developed an unique process to help clients understand how an estate plan works in order to help them make informed decisions so they have a peace of mind knowing what how their estate plan will unfold as life progresses.

PROBATE. For those looking to keep...
Matthew Piwowar
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Grandville, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 29 years experience
(855) 750-8787 2939 Wilson Ave SW, No. 126
Grandville, MI 49468
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business and Probate
University of Michigan Law School
Estate Planning Attorney – Biography

Matthew V. Piwowar is the founder of Legacy Architects PLLC. His practice focuses on Estate Planning, Trusts and Wills, Special Needs Children, Business Succession, Long-Term Care, and Probate. He has over 27 years of experience advising on estate planning, business law, mergers & acquisitions, finance, and international law. Mr. Piwowar was born in Marquette, MI and grew up in West Michigan. He provides services to his clients statewide, from Grandville and Grand Rapids, south to Three Rivers and Kalamazoo, north to Boyne City and St. Ignace.

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Piwowar’s background includes such transactions as: the sale of a...
Michael Lichterman
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Grand Rapids, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
(616) 827-7596 5252 Clyde Park Ave. SW
Suite A
Grand Rapids, MI 49509
Estate Planning and Business
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
A relationship approach to providing peace of mind for your family and your business. That says it all. At Lichterman Law, PLC we strive to provide families and businesses with access to their own personal lawyer. We call it the Lichterman Law Difference. It is my passion to help families and businesses make the best decisions possible throughout their lifetime or existence. We provide all services on a flat-fee only basis, agreed to in advance so there are no surprises. We want you to know you can call us any time without getting charged...
S. Christopher Hunter
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Grand Rapids, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 13 years experience
(616) 719-2467 125 Ottawa Avenue, NW, Suite 245
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Social Security Disability
University of Maine - School of Law
S. Christopher Hunter is the founding member of Hunter Law Offices, PLLC. Prior to opening his own practice, Mr. Hunter was an associate attorney with Garrison Lawhouse, PC in Dearborn, Michigan, served as a staff attorney at the Elder Law and Advocacy Center, and most recently managed and supervised the Great Lakes Legal – Elder Law Division’s reduced-fee program. Mr. Hunter focuses his practice in the areas of Elder Law, Long Term Care Planning, Estate Planning, Probate, Trusts, Guardianship/Conservatorships, and Social Security Disability. Mr. Hunter graduated from the University of Maine School of Law with a...
Brent T. Geers
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Grand Rapids, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 7 years experience
(616) 965-6864 15 Ionia Ave SW STE 530
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Appeals, Elder and Probate
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Brent Geers specializes in helping people empower those they trust and provide for those they love. Brent has been an attorney since 2012, working with individuals and families to marshal their time, talent, and treasurer for the benefit of their children, family, and community. He is a Grand Rapids Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” honoree, and currently operates his own practice, Geers Law. Brent is married to an educator, who employs his services as a chaperon for various school functions. He is also his daughter’s father – a girl who will become a president, not a princess.
Ivan E. Shaw
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Grand Rapids, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 18 years experience
(616) 827-2326 29 Pearl Street, NW, Suite 340
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Estate Planning, Divorce and Family
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Ivan is a dedicated Divorce and Family Law attorney that works diligently to fight for fairness for Men and Fathers. He is proud of his affiliation with the American Divorce Association for Men (ADAM).
Robert J. Gavin
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11313 Troon Drive
Stanwood, MI 49346
Stanwood, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 10 years experience
Estate Planning, Construction, Municipal and Real Estate
DePaul College of Law
Robert Gavin is the Senior Associate at Shifman & Carlson, P.C. He has been practicing law since 2008, and was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2015, 2018, and 2019. He was also listed by DBusiness Magazine as a Top Lawyer in the Metro Detroit Area for Public Finance Law in both 2014, 2017, and 2018.

Rob brings a wide variety of skills and a diverse background to bear for his clients, including his experience with contract negotiation, employee issues, construction issues. Rob's undergraduate degree is in engineering, which has also been useful to clients during construction issues and in...
Geoffrey A. Haveman
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Zeeland, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 14 years experience
(616) 499-7045 9 East Main Ave.
Zeeland, MI 49464
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy and Business
University of Michigan Law School
Geoffrey has been practicing law in western Michigan now — and previously in the Detroit metro area (and beyond) — since 2005. In that time, he has consulted thousands of clients, and took part in many bankruptcy cases (both Chapter 7 and 13) for individuals and small businesses and helped numerous individuals and small businesses with all their legal needs. In addition, Geoff has volunteered at Freedom House Detroit practicing immigration and asylum law, teaches test preparation classes, and tutors students for standardized tests. Geoff grew up on a dairy farm in western Michigan — in his free time he enjoys...
Michael Haddock
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Douglas, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 19 years experience
(517) 896-5421 P.O. Box 187
Douglas, MI 49406
Estate Planning, Business, Insurance Claims and Real Estate
University of Illinois - Chicago and Western Michigan University
Attorney Michael Haddock earned a Master of Laws in Commercial Real Estate Law and Development and a Juris Doctor JD with an emphasis in litigation and has years of corporate insurance law and litigation experience. His clients are individuals and businesses throughout the U.S. with a large percentage from Saugatuck, Douglas, Holland, South Haven, Chicago, and Kent, Van Buren Ottawa, and Allegan Counties. He serves our expanded community in issues regarding real estate, wills and trusts and litigation defending contractors, developers, real estate holding companies, assisted living communities, condominium associations, businesses and individuals and...
Audra R McClure
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Grand Rapids, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 9 years experience
(616) 451-4000 678 Front Ave NW, Ste 176
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, Divorce and Family
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
I pride myself in communicating well with clients and always keeping their familes' best interests in mind.
Christopher James Acklin
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Wyoming, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 8 years experience
(616) 530-0101 1779 28th St. SW
Wyoming, MI 49519
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Divorce and Family
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Christopher has lived in Grand Rapids since 1st grade, He graduated from City High School, and then moved on to Grand Valley State University, where he met his wife, Devon. After receiving his Bachelor's in English and Political Science, Christopher moved on to complete his legal education at Thomas M. cooley Law School, and was admitted to the bar in 2011. His practice at The Grand Rapids Law Group handles criminal defense, divorce & child custody, business law, drunk driving defense, social security & disability, and other legal matters.
Lawrence Wilson
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Ada, MI Estate Planning Lawyer with 37 years experience
(616) 676-3852 6440 Fulton E
Ste 202
Ada, MI 49301
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Tax
The University of Toledo College of Law
Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Harold Leo Emelander
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Newaygo, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
(231) 303-5005 31 East Wood Street
PO Box 849
Newaygo, MI 49337
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Probate and Tax
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Harold Leo Emelander was raised in Newaygo, Michigan. After graduating from Newaygo High School, he attended Grand Valley State University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. He then went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2006. To further his education he then moved to Florida where he attended The University of Florida College of Law and received his LLM in Taxation in 2007. Mr. Emelander began his legal career in Miami, Florida at an accounting firm. He utilized his degree in taxation law by advising clients on individual,...
Kevin P Sutherland
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Grand Rapids, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 2 years experience
(616) 333-2427 250 Monroe Ave NW
Suite 400
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Criminal and Family
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
I live in the world of ideas and strategic planning. I value intelligence, knowledge, and competence, I have high standards in these regards, which I continuously strive to fulfill. I can objectively see the reality of a situation, and I’m adaptable enough to change things which aren’t working well. I am a strategist – always scanning available ideas and concepts and weighing them against my current strategy, to plan for every credible contingency. I am ready to work for you.
Nathan Bocks
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Holland, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 27 years experience
(616) 395-3761 1157 South Shore Drive
Holland, MI 49423
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Real Estate
Marquette University Law School
Beth A. Striegle
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Grand Rapids, MI Estate Planning Attorney with 16 years experience
(616) 242-9192 400 Ann St. NW, Ste. 207
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Family, Probate and Real Estate
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Beth A. Striegle grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After graduating from West Catholic High School, she attended Ferris State University where she obtained an Associate’s Degree in Commercial Art. Prior to attending law school, she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Calvin College where she graduated with honors. While attending Thomas Cooley Law School she raised two young boys. Beth completed her law school internship at the Sixty-Plus Elder Law Clinic. She considers the experience she gained while working for the clinic to be very valuable because it gave her a better understanding of the various issues...
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Planning your estate?

Estate planning arranges for the transfer of an individual's estate at the time of death. An estate consists of all property owned at death before it is distributed by will, trust, or intestacy laws. An estate may contain both real property and personal property. Estate planning allows an individual to decide exactly who will benefit from his or her estate, and to what extent. It can also reduce the taxes imposed on the transfer of assets at death.

An experienced estate planning lawyer can help minimize the amount of the estate surrendered to taxes as well as ensure that the management and distribution of the estate is carried out according to your plans. Particularly when your plans are complex and/or you have substantial property or assets, it is important to have an attorney who can ensure that your plan functions the way you intend. Depending on the complexity of your individual situation, your estate planning team may include attorneys, financial planners, bankers and insurance professionals. Some states certify attorneys as estate planning specialists, which means they have met certain requirements for experience, education, and testing in that field.


Fiduciary: A person or institution who manages money or property for another and who must exercise a standard care imposed by law, i.e., personal representative or executor of an estate, a trustee, etc.

Personal representative: The person who administers an estate. If named in a will, that person's title is an executor. If there is no valid will, that person's title is an administrator.