Key Service Areas
- Estate Planning and Administration
- Family Law and Divorce
legal assistant - Julie Manier
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?
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.
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
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