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Stephanie Fekkes

Key Service Areas

  • Estate Planning and Administration
  • Family Law and Divorce
  • Business Planning and Corporate Law

616.233.5250

Legal Assistant - Liz Welch

About Stephanie

What types of legal issues do your clients typically face?

In addition to serving as the Hastings City Attorney since 2005, I concentrate my practice helping families in Hastings and the surrounding areas navigate life events including divorce, adoption, custody and visitation, estate planning, and probate and trust administration. I also provide corporate and real estate counsel to business clients including real estate acquisitions, development, and management.

What skills help you advise the client and achieve the best results or outcomes?

My clients are often experiencing difficult and unpleasant issues in very personal matters. I seek to help them navigate these issues and concerns in a respectful and empathetic manner. My compassion for their well being extends beyond my legal practice. As a resident of Hastings for over 25 years, I have also engaged in community organizations that offer additional support services for my clients.

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

My community engagement and advocacy for the betterment of families and businesses in Hastings is an natural extension of my practice to fellow residents. A founding member and treasurer of Serenity Village of Barry County, I also serve as President of the Board of Directors of Green Gables Haven, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse which I helped to establish in 2004. As a founding member and current member of the Women’s Giving Circle of Barry County, an organization that brings together women in the area, we seek to support local non profit organizations. I am also a member of the Ethics Committee – Pennock-Spectrum Health Board and a member of Barry Community Foundation Grant Committee.

Education

Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 1989

Indiana University, B.S., 1986

Q: What would your client(s) say about you?

A:

“It’s been exactly 10 years since you provided amazing help and counsel during my divorce. I am forever grateful for your help.  Your professionalism, wisdom, and kindness helped me tremendously through a very difficult time in my life. I have referred many people your way. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!” – Sharon Joy Gordon

Fekkes has served as Hastings City Attorney since 2005 and also served from 1994 to 2004. In the interim, she served as a Barry County Probate/Family Court Judge. Stephanie is also the Special Prosecuting Attorney for Thornapple Township and the Village of Nashville for Code Violations.

Associations

Barry Community Foundation, Member of Healthy Grant Committee

Barry County Bar Association, Member and Chair of Law Day Committee

Grand Rapids Bar Association, Member

Green Gables Haven Domestic Violence Shelter, Founding Member and President

Pennock-Spectrum Health Board, Ethics Committee

Serenity Village of Barry County, Founding Member and Treasurer

State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section

Western Michigan Estate Planning Council, Member

Women's Giving Circle of Barry County, Founding Member and Co-Chair

Bar Admission

State of Michigan

United States District Court, Western District of Michigan

United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Awards and Recognition

Best Lawyers of America®, Family Law

Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards