Key Service Areas
- Agriculture Industry Services
- Estate Planning and Administration
- Probate Litigation
paralegal - Jennifer Stough
Grand Rapids Location
55 Campau Avenue NW, Suite 300
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
11377 James Street
Holland, Michigan 49422
How do you help businesses and individuals?
With over 25 years of experience, I help hard working individuals and families organize their affairs to secure their business and/or nest-egg assets for future generations. Serving a diverse Michigan client base, from Detroit through the Lakeshore, from Niles to the Thumb, and from Monroe to Traverse City, I develop and implement asset protection plans, business succession plans, wills, and advanced estate and gift tax strategies in such a way as to minimize difficulties, taxes and expenses.
What sets you apart from other lawyers in your practice field?
I have devoted my entire career to staying on the cutting edge of the law related to estate planning and administration. This dedication began in law school, when I earned a Masters of Law in Taxation from New York University School of Law, with a focus on estate/gift taxes, in addition to the traditional J.D. degree. From this vantage point, I often see opportunities that others miss. I do not just "dabble" in estate planning (and related areas) -- I specialize in it.
What case did you find the most rewarding to work on?
I recently helped a family through the trust administration process after the death of their parents, who were longtime clients of mine. The parents took several steps that I recommended through the years. Unfortunately, there was a $6,000,000 estate tax bill after they died but the family was very happy when I was able to show them how the steps their parents took saved them from owing over $20,000,000 in estate taxes. Helping save those tax dollars for the family, instead of sending them to the IRS, was a really good feeling for me.
New York University School of Law, Ll.M., Taxation
Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., cum laude
University of Kentucky, B.A.
Governor Snyder recently signed Michigan’s Qualified Dispositions in Trusts Act, which takes effect on March 8, 2017. In so doing...