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William E. Westerbeke

William E. Westerbeke

also known as Bill Westerbeke

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Elder Law

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1996

  1. Estate Planning: 70%
  2. Elder Law: 30%



Fixed (Always), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Jason C Hunter

    I know Bill through my association with the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. As an estate planning attorney myself, I know how important it is to hire a well-qualified estate planning attorney. Bill is a great guy, easy to work with, and I would gladly refer my friends and family in Michigan to for all of their estate planning and elder law needs.


    Jason Hunter Business Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Todd D. Schmitz

    I endorse this lawyer's work. I know Bill through the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. I have consulted with him about elder law and estate planning clients. I am proud to call him a colleague. He is professional and knowledgeable. For my clients with family members on his side of Michigan, I would not hesitate to recommend him.


    Todd Schmitz Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Westerbeke Law Firm, PLLC

4595 Broadmoor AVE SE
Suite 237
Grand Rapids, MI, 49512

2060 East Paris Avenue.
Suite 105
Grand Rapids, MI, 49546-6191

Westerbeke Law Firm, PLLC

728 Pleasant Street
Suite 104
St. Joseph, MI, 49085-3909




MIActive And In Good Standing200309/02/2015
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199608/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Certified Public AccountantIllinois State CPA Society1996

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyMcShane & Bowie, PLC2008 - 2009
AttorneyPassaro & Kahne Law Office, P.L.L.C.2002 - 2008
AttorneyHandler, Thayer & Duggan, LLC1998 - 2002
ExternU.S. Securities and Exchange Commission1995 - 1995


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Grand Rapids RotaryMember2008 - Present
Southwest Michigan Estate Planning CouncilPresident2005 - 2007
Chicago Bar Association Federal Tax, Exempt Organizations CommitteeChair2001 - 2003
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Illinois State CPA SocietyMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Chicago Bar AssociationMemberN/A


Publication NameTitleDate
Illinois Bar JournalAn Illinois Not-For-Profit Directors' Compliance Checklist2006
Michigan Tax Law JournalDoes a Non-Profit Organization Have to Pay Sales or Use Tax in Michigan?2005


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Valparaiso University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Michigan State UniversityAccountingBS - Bachelor of Science1993

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Farm Bureau Insurance Client PresentationEstate Planning Basics2007
Coalition of Community FundersThe IRA Charitable Rollover: The Realities2007
Chicago Bar Association, Federal Tax Committee (Exempt Organizations Division)Vehicle Donations and Form 1098-C2006
Southwest Michigan Insurance and Financial AdvisorsUse of Trusts in Estate Planning2005
Chicago Bar Association, Trust Law CommitteeHow To Limit Your Liability: Checklist for Nonprofit Directors and Officers2005
Various Local Rotary ClubsMyths of Estate Planning2003
Chicago Bar Association, Trust Law CommitteePrimer on the Revised Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption, Vehicle Donations, and a Charitable Giving Due Diligence Checklist2003
Southwest Michigan Insurance and Financial AdvisorsCharitable Contribution Planning2002
Chicago Bar AssociationExempt Organizations Part II: Complex Multiple Entity Planning2002
Chicago Bar AssociationExempt Organizations Part I: A Primer on Representing the Tax Exempt Charitable Organization2002