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Stephanie Myott-Beebe

"If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable."

Louis Brandeis

Key Service Areas

  • Estate Planning and Administration
  • Family Law and Divorce

616.233.5138

legal assistant - Julie Manier

About Stephanie

How do you help businesses and individuals?

I specialize in estate planning, probate and family law. I help individuals plan for their future, whether in advance of disability or death, after the death of a loved one, or in anticipation of or following a divorce. I routinely assist clients with creating wills and trusts, executing powers of attorney and patient advocate designations, establishing conservatorships and guardianships, and administering estates and trusts. I also guide clients through the divorce process, including issues of child support, custody and parenting time.

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

Practicing both estate planning/probate law and family law gives me advantages in both areas. The spirit of estate planning is inherently amicable and the focus is broader than the client. The goal is to create a plan that protects the client's interests during his or her lifetime and benefits others upon death. My philosophy when representing a divorce client is similar: I seek to resolve the case amicably whenever possible and believe that cutthroat advocating on behalf of a client does not always serve his or her best interests in long-term.

What case did you find the most rewarding to work on?

I represented a Grand Rapids same-sex couple who married in New York City in 2013 and sought recognition of their out-of-state marriage by the State of Michigan. One of the spouses was suffering from cancer when we filed our lawsuit, and my clients wanted marriage recognition in his lifetime. During the pendency of our case, the United States Supreme Court extended the fundamental right to marry to same-sex couples (in a different case), and I was able to celebrate that victory with my clients.

Education

University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2012

Grand Valley State University, Honors College, B.A., English and Political Science, cum laude, 2009

Insights

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Q: What would your client say about you?

A:

“Stephanie did more than listen to our concerns. She actively represented us like we were family.” – Brian Merucci

Stephanie holds a Certificate of Completion in the areas of probate and estate planning issued by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

Associations

Grand Rapids Bar Association

Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce

State Bar of Michigan

Good Stewards, Inc., Board Member

Porter Hills Foundation, Professional Advisory Committee

Grand Rapids Bar Association, 3Rs Program Instructor

Grand Rapids Bar Association, Constitution Day Volunteer

Grand Valley State University, Alumni Association, Liaison Committee

Bar Admission

Michigan

U.S. Federal District Court, Western District of Michigan

U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Awards and Recognition

CALI Award Recipient, Family Law (2011), Law & Sexuality (2010)

University of Illinois College of Law, Harno Scholar (2010)

Grand Valley State University, Collegiate Top Tau Award (2008)