Since 2002, I have strived to help my clients gain a better understanding of law by helping to dispel any common myths or misconceptions. I do this by providing legal advice and education to individuals, church groups, and service organizations. It is my goal to guide you as you discover the best choices and decisions for your future.
•FREE Office Visits
•FREE Estate Plan Updates
•In-Home Visits Available
I believe that an informed client is the key to doing a good job. First, I educate them about Estate Planning, Medicaid Planning, or Elder Law. I describe what kinds of initiatives will achieve what ends, and I help them to develop the plan that best fits their family, economic situation, and their desired outcomes. We explore all possibilities to resolve their legal situation. Then, the clients decide what is best for them. Consultations are free and no obligation.
Service is my creed. I return all calls the same day, and I make appointments with my clients at a time that best fits their schedule. For those who need it, appointments can even be scheduled in my clients' homes in Portage, Kalamazoo and Comstock Township, MI. My clients receive my cell phone number and are encouraged to call me at any time they have a question or concern.
I was raised on a dairy farm midway between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. After serving four years in the United States Air Force as a Russian Linguist, I attended college on the GI Bill while working full-time in a factory to support my growing family. My first career was in industrial supervision and human resources. While working full-time, I attended school on the weekends to earn my law degree.
J.D. Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2002 - Cum Laude, graduate of the weekend program.
B.A. Grand Valley State College, 1976 - Psychology major.
Michigan Bar Association
Member Since: 2002 - Probate & Estate Section and Elder Law Section
Kalamazoo County Bar Association
Member Since: 2003
Calhoun County Estate Planners Council
Member Since: 2009
Valley Family Church in Kalamazoo; serves as a small group leader
Volunteer for Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan
Member of NAIFA
Board Member for Portage Senior Citizens Advisory Board
"If a man dies and has no son, then you shall cause his inheritance to pass to his daughter. If he has no daughter, then you shall give his inheritance to his brothers. If he has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to his father's brothers. And if his father has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to the relative closest to him in his family, and he shall possess it." Numbers 27:8-11