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Pam Cross

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."

Winston Churchill

Key Service Areas

  • Estate Planning and Administration
  • Probate Litigation

616.233.5181

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About Pam

What type of clients do you serve?

I help individuals, families, and business owners preserve their legacy through proper estate planning and by working with them to resolve family strife during times of a disability or death. This includes listening and understanding the client's concerns so that I can recommend and prepare proper estate plans, establishing guardianships and conservatorships where appropriate, working through various potential tax issues, attending hearings and other matters at the probate court when necessary, and navigating through litigation during times of family disputes.

What sets you apart from other lawyers in your practice field?

As an estate planning and probate litigation attorney, I offer my clients a unique skill set. Because of my experience in negotiating and settling probate litigation matters, I can consider how documents may be interpreted by the courts and make recommendations on how to best preserve the client's legacy according to his/her intentions. Having the proper documents is not enough. I educate my clients on how each asset will be held and distributed upon death.

How do any of your community interests or activities facilitate how you represent your client?

Many of my activities involve educating other West Michigan professionals. A former adjunct professor at Cooley Law School as well as a frequent speaker at the State Bar of Michigan and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, I enjoy sharing my knowledge on estate planning and probate issues. These experiences directly transfer to how I represent clients. I seek to educate the client on all the options available and use the best estate planning tools to secure the future they envision for their families.

Education

University of Toledo School of Law, J.D., 1995

Aquinas College, B.B.A., 1992

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Q: What is the most important ingredient to making a positive legal experience?

A:

I see two — integrity and honesty. Using both of these ingredients, I strive to gain and retain a client’s trust. I never┬áprovide unnecessary legal services. Instead, I recommend the best plan or course of action to meet the client’s wishes and legal needs.

Pam uses her leadership skills to create specialized interdisciplinary Rhoades McKee teams, which provide our clients with a unique advantage and an efficient delivery service model.

Associations

Grand Rapids Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

Michigan State Bar Foundation, Fellow

Justice Foundation of West Michigan, Fellow

Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Advisory Committee

West Michigan Estate Planning Council, Past Secretary

ARC-Kent County, Past Board President

Bar Admission

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