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David L. Carrier

About me

Since Grand Rapids Business Journal first began to keep records, I have
helped more West Michigan families avoid nursing home poverty and face
the future with confidence, than any Big Time Law Firm lawyer. How is
that possible?
Big Time Law Firms have big downtown buildings with their names on
them, dozens of high-powered lawyers in power suits, and they bill
gazillions of hours every year.
I'm not downtown, don't wear a power suit, and never bill by the hour.
So, why do thousands of West Michigan families trust The Law Offices of
David L. Carrier,P.C.? It's easy to find out!
Tune in to Sunday's highest rated radio show: The David Carrier Show,
Sunday mornings at 7 on Newsradio WOOD 1300. You can also listen in
Friday mornings at 8 on Grand Rapids Talk Alternative, AM 1230 WTKG and
Saturday mornings at 9 on Holland's Hometown Station AM 1450 WHTC.
EVERY WEEK we have free, small group workshops, you get the same
Straight Answers I give on the air, PLUS: Fresh-baked Cookies (we're
always looking for new recipes!)and Hot Coffee!
Some other stuff you might like to know: I have been practicing law for
over 27 years, focused on Estate Planning and Elder Law. My new
approach to Estate Planning is called LifePlan Independence, because
it's all about you and your spouse, not the kids!!
My college degree is a B.A. in English and Philosophy, from Notre Dame
where I attended on an Army scholarship.
My first law degree, J.D., is from the Boston University School of Law.
As a Captain in the Army, Judge Advocate General's Corps at the
Pentagon, I earned a Master of Laws, Taxation degree from Georgetown
University Law Center.
Call us today or use the easy email form to reserve a place at the
table for your family...


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Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 51%
    33 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Trusts: 20%
    33 years, 4.5 thousand cases
  3. Estate Planning: 20%
    33 years, 4.5 thousand cases
  4. Probate: 9%
    33 years



Fixed (always), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Lloyd Gaylord Copenbarger

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Lloyd Copenbarger Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael Leo Potter

    David serves his Elder Law and Estate Planning clients with talent and integrity. He is a credit to the legal profession and I'm proud to endorse him.


    Michael Potter Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

5242 Plainfield Ave NE Suite C
Grand Rapids, MI, 49525

5242 Plainfield Ave NE
Suite C
Grand Rapids, MI, 49525



MIActive And In Good Standing198811/03/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top Area Estate Planners - #2Grand Rapids Business Journal2010
Meritorious Service Medal; First Oak Leaf ClusterUS Army; Office of the Judge Advocate General1988
Army Achievement MedalUS Army; Office of the Judge Advocate General1986
Meritorious Service MedalUS Army; Army Legal Services Agency1985
Parachutist Badge (Airborne Wings)US Army; TRADOC1978
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
CaptainU.S. Army Judge Advocate General (Jag) Corps1983 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember1995 - Present
Grand Rapids Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State vs FoxBenefits awarded - full retroactive award
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Publication nameTitleDate
ReportFree Report - Estate Recovery In Michigan2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterTax LawMaster of Laws, Taxation1989
Boston University School of LawLawJD1982
Notre Dame UniversityPhilosophy and EnglishBA1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Estate Planning Essentials WorkshopEstate Planning2011