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Shawn P. Eyestone

Estate planning Attorney at Grandville, MI

5.0   4 reviews

About Shawn

Learn Shawn’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    35%
    I assist clients create a lasting legacy with their estate plans, including wills, revocable living trusts, and general and health care powers of attorney, among others. Some clients also benefit from irrevocable trusts, gifting programs, charitable trusts, establishing private foundations or public charities, or creating family cottage limited liability companies. I help clients protect what is most important to them.

    21 years

  2. Trusts
    30%
    I help clients create and administer both simple and complex trusts, revocable and irrevocable trusts, charitable trusts including compliance with the Michigan Trust Code, tax laws and regulations, and Medicaid and VA laws and regulations.

    21 years

  3. Business
    25%
    I have assisted numerous small to mid-sized businesses, including many healthcare professionals and facilities, regarding entity selection, formation, admission of new owners, reorganization dissolution, and succession planning. I regularly advise my clients regarding general business operational matters, contract negotiations, real estate and equipment transactions, litigation avoidance, and regulatory compliance.

    21 years

  4. Probate
    10%
    I help client with simple and complex probate issues in Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Ionia, Allegan, Kalamazoo, Van Buren, Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb and other counties throughout Michigan. We have developed a process that enables us to charge a flat fee for most uncontested probate administrations.

    21 years

You and Your Family Are Valuable

You and your family are more valuable to one another than can adequately be put into words, and that relationship is the foundation of all of the Infinite Legacy℠ Planning we do, whether for personal or business purposes. Your assets are the result of your relationships, values, and knowledge, which are far more useful to those you leave behind than the assets alone.  

 

Your Legacy Is Valuable

Our Infinite Legacy℠ Planning process will help you identify what is most valuable to you and your family and what needs to be included in your personalized Infinite Legacy℠ Plan to protect that for you and for those you leave behind.  Our Infinite Legacy℠ Program then educates, equips, and empowers your family and other heirs to carry out your Infinite Legacy℠ Plan while preserving your values and strengthening those relationships.

 

Your Time Is Valuable

We offer a free confidential Infinite Legacy℠ Planning Session for your family or your business. Our Infinite Legacy℠ Planning Session is an in-depth exploration of the relationships and assets important to your family or business.  These meaningful discussions will result in concrete action steps for protecting your family, your business and your Infinite Legacy℠. We do all of this on your time schedule at one of our offices in Grandville, Grand Rapids, or Muskegon or at your place of business or home if you are unable to make it to one of our offices.  Please call or email us to schedule a free initial consultation today.

 

My Experience and Education

I come from a long line of widows.  My mother became a widow when she was 63, my grandmother became a widow when she was 52, and my great-grandmother became a widow when she was 30.  My mother and grandmother have shown me first hand the basic needs of those left behind when a loved one dies.  This experience has instilled in me a passion for putting plans together that educate, equip, and empower widows and other heirs.  

My work has greatly benefited numerous families over the years, and, as a result, I have been awarded the highest ratings offerred by AVVO and Martindale-Hubbell, two of the most respected organizations that rate attorneys.

I earned my law degree from Wayne State University Law School after first graduating from the Lee Honors College of Western Michigan University. Following law school, I have worked as an attorney in the estate planning, and business law practice groups of West Michigan and Detroit-area law firms, gaining valuable experience and a very loyal client-following.

I am actively involved with WealthCounsel, a nationwide consortium of over 2,300 of the top estate planing and business attorneys in the country. I am also a member of the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils, the Western Michigan Estate Planning Council, and the State Bar of Michigan, where I was selected to serve on the statewide Membership Services Committee. I am the vice president of the Grand Rapids Lions Club, a Deacon at Knapp Street Reformed Church, a coach with Grandville AYSO, and a past president and former director of the Specialized Language Development Center. 

 

Schedule a Free Initial Consultation

Once you have checked us out, please schedule a free consultation by calling my office at 800-667-5291. Thank you for taking the time to read this little blurb about us on AVVO.com, and I look forward to hearing from you soon. 

 

Our Website and Blog  (Free Lawyer Jokes Included) 

More information about our services is available from our website at www.eyestonelawoffices.com or my blog at www.eyestonelawoffices.com/blog (which also has some good lawyer jokes).

 

 

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Licensed for 21 years
State MI
Status Active And In Good Standing
Acquired 2001
Updated 10/06/2022

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

Contact Shawn

Eyestone Law Offices, PLC
3083 Washington Avenue SW
Suite A
Grandville, MI, 49418
Eyestone Law Offices, PLC
625 Kenmoor Ave SE
Suite 301
Grand Rapids, MI, 49546
Eyestone Law Offices, PLC
800 East Ellis Road #511
Muskegon, MI, 49441
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Reviews

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Posted by vaughn | February 8, 2015
business/ estate planning
Shawn has been instrumental in my business contracts and soon to be franchise. He also did my estate planning for me and my wife. I highly recommend this man and his firm. He does a great job !
Posted by Gary | January 31, 2014
Trusted advisor
I would highly recommend Shawn Eyestone to anyone seeking a highly knowledgeable, attentive, accessible and compassionate attorney for very reasonable fees. Shawn helped me and my family through a very complicated estate settlement with many real estate, debt and rental property issues and the formation of an L.L.C. He helped us every step of the way and was always available to answer questions and give advice. We are forever grateful to Shawn for helping our family through the most stressful time we have dealt with. P.S. We did not know of Shawn prior to hiring him. We initially consulted with 5 attorneys including those in the glass towers in downtown G.R. We chose Shawn because he seemed very down-to-earth, accessible and very knowledgeable and have never regretted it.
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Posted by Angela | January 2, 2013
"Awesome Attorney"
By the time I reached Mr. Eyestone the stress was weighing heavy on me. Not only did he really listen to me, I couldn't tell if he had any other clients that he was working with. He kept me informed and as a client he cared about me. He made a heavy load a lot lighter. May God continue to shower blessings on he and his family.
Posted by Shannon | April 5, 2010
Professional and prompt
We had a family emergency where we needed fast advice. Shawn made sure our minds were at ease and our legal affairs appropriately handled. There are no words to express how thankful our family is to have Shawn as our family attorney.

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 75 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 95-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Eyestone Law Offices, PLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Verspoor, Waalkes, Lalley, Slotsema & Talen, P.C.
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Law Firms in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Detroit
  • 2001 - 2008

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Western Michigan University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Legal Cases

  • Sister vs. Sister - Trust Litigation
  • $2M found or returned to trust
  • Trust Litigation - Brother vs. Brother
  • Settlement for 95% of Demand, Charities paid 100%, Plus Attorney Fees
  • Brother vs. Sister - Probate Litigation
  • Return of all $350k, Payment of Attorney Fees, and Removal of Daughter as agent for mother.
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Associations

  • Western Michigan Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Association of Estate Planners and Councils
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate and Estate Planning Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Grand Rapids Lions Club
  • Board of Directors
  • 2007 - Present
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Muskegon County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2018
  • Ottawa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2017
  • Specialized Language Development Center
  • Past President
  • 2005 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Grand Rapids Lions Club
  • 2009
  • Arthur Neef Moot Court Semifinalist
  • Wayne State University Law School
  • 1999
  • Best Contract Award (Shared)
  • Wayne State University Law School
  • 1998
  • Lee Honors College
  • Western Michigan University
  • 1997
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • NALs of West Michigan Quarterly Meeting
  • Advance Directives and Healthcare Decisionmaking
  • 2018
  • NALs of Michigan Quarterly Meeting
  • Caregivers Rights and Responsibilities in Michigan
  • 2018
  • Keeping Your Farm in the Family
  • Best Practices to Transfer Farm Business and Real Estate
  • 2013
  • Keeping Your Farm in the Family
  • How Living Trusts Work
  • 2013
  • Keeping Your Farm in the Family
  • Pitfalls and Opportunities of Michigan Property Tax Law
  • 2013
  • Keeping Your Farm in the Family
  • Simplified Probate Avoidance Strategies
  • 2013
  • Health Law Roundtable
  • Michigan Abandoned Property Laws
  • 2007
  • Business and Tax Planning Conference
  • Immigration and Health Care Professionals
  • 2003
  • Bay Physcians Conference
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (13)
Estate planning Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse Sean. He is a knowledgeable, thorough, and keeps his clients needs, values, and goals in mind at all times."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shawn's communication style is both calming and sincere. This enables him to relate to clients during stressful times and aid them in crafting custom, thoughtful, estate planning strategies to ensure their families are taken care of. I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer without any hesitation. He is dedicated to creating solutions that fit his clients and shuns the industry trend to pushing people into high volume, non-customized solutions. I have learned much from him in his work at a national level as it relates to estate planning. He is also a really good guy!"
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Shawn is a great lawyer who really cares about his clients--I'd recommend him for any estate planning or business needs."
Business Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"My initial contact with Shawn a few years ago was on opposite sides of a lease disagreement. He did a great job as an advocate for his client while still being honest and fair to work with. I do not hesitate to send referrals his way when things pop up I can't handle, especially in the Grand Rapids market."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I would highly recommend Shawn. He is smart, articulate and motivated. I was fortunate to be able to work with Shawn during the negotiating and contracting portion of a large deal. His ability to craft concise, clear and intricate agreements is second to none. Shawn is an excellent contract attorney with a strong ethical practice and great feel for client relations. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a contract or estate planning attorney."
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