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Matthew V. Piwowar

Estate planning Attorney at Grandville, MI

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About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    50%
    Comprehensive and customized family estate planning, including living trusts, last wills, powers of attorney, special needs planning, business succession, and long-term care planning. Services provided statewide in your home or at our offices.

  2. Trusts
    30%
    Living Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, Cottage Trusts, Asset Protection Trusts, Irrevocable Real Estate Trusts, and more.

  3. Business
    15%
    Business Succession Planning and Business Exit Planning

  4. Probate
    5%

Estate Planning Attorney – Biography

Matthew V. Piwowar is a metro Grand Rapids based Estate Planning Attorney. He is also the principal and founder of Legacy Architects PLLC. His practice focuses on Estate Planning, Trusts and Wills, Planning for Special Needs Children, Business Succession Planning, Long-Term Care Planning, and Probate. He has over 27 years of experience advising on estate planning, business law, mergers & acquisitions, finance, and international law.  While practicing international law he traveled to and advised clients in over 25 countries. Mr. Piwowar was born in Marquette, Michigan, and grew up in West Michigan.  He provides services to his clients statewide, from Grandville and Grand Rapids, south to Three Rivers and Kalamazoo, north to Boyne City and St. Ignace, and east to Ann Arbor.

Experience 

Piwowar’s career started in Grand Rapids where he practiced business and tax law. After assisting in the establishment of a Polish Sister City with Grand Rapids, he stayed in Poland for seven years. While there, he assisted with the privatization of government companies and the development of new financial products in Central Europe.

His diverse background includes such transactions as: the sale of a Polish beer brewery, the purchase of a Minnesota software company, the acquisition of staffing companies in Spain, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, India and Indonesia, and the financing of a 40-story office building in Central Europe. He co-developed the first commercial paper program in Poland after the fall of Communism, for an American auto makers’ $40 million offering. While living in Europe, he acted on behalf of two American mutual funds in Central Europe.

He assisted numerous companies open offices and start new businesses in the US and in a variety of countries. As in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 company, Piwowar served as Vice President and Assistant Secretary.  While in that capacity he was responsible for managing all legal services for its 26 country $1 billion international business. In addition, his responsibilities included all foreign and domestic acquisitions. He has been a speaker on such topics as business startups, estate planning, living trusts, and special needs trusts.

Piwowar has extensive experience providing a wide array of legal services including: (i) estate planning, and business succession planning, (ii) living trusts, special needs trusts, and cottage trusts (iii) corporate legal service (iv) mergers and acquisitions, and (v) business plans and startup services.  Especially relevant, Mr. Piwowar has prepared living trusts for hundreds of clients and counseled them through the estate plan design process.  Additionally, he has spoken at numerous workshops teaching the public about estate planning.

Education, Memberships & Publications

Piwowar received his double major Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Social Science, magna cum laude from St. Mary’s College, Orchard Lake, Michigan.  His Juris Doctor degree was earned from the University of Michigan Law School. Subsequently, he received training as an estate planning attorney through the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys Advanced Practice Program.

Mr. Piwowar has authored articles in the Legal Advisor’s Automotive Report.  In addition, he was a co-author of  articles for the International Financial Law Review, and the Banking Yearbook.  After returning to America, he was an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University for Business Law, and University of Phoenix for History of the U.S. Constitution. Piwowar is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the Michigan Forum of Estate Planners, and a full member of the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys.

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Licensed for 32 years
State MI
Status Active in Good Standing
Acquired 1990
Updated 12/26/2022

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

Contact Matthew

Legacy Architects, PLLC - Estate Planning Attorneys
PO Box 126
Grandville, MI, 49468-0126
Legacy Architects, PLLC - Estate Planning Attorneys
3185 Corporate Grove Dr.
Suite C
Hudsonville, MI, 49426
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Posted by Amy | March 9, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend for your living trust
Matthew did our living trust and we could not be more pleased with how thorough and well thought-out it is, and how well he explained it to us. Above and beyond the time that we spent with him during our scheduled meetings, he was also very accessible via telephone and e-mail. We appreciate that he touches base with us yearly by mail to update the trust, based on life changes like the addition of a new child. We cannot recommend him more highly - he has been so generous with his time, knowledge and talents.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

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AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Founder
  • Legacy Architects, PLLC - Estate Planning Attorneys
  • 2014 - Present
  • Owner/Founder
  • MVP Global Advising, PLLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Owner/Founder
  • Ad Hoc Websites
  • 2004 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor - History of the Constitution
  • University Of Phoenix
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Adjunct Professor - Business Law (MBA)
  • Grand Valley State University
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Vice President and Assistant Secretary
  • Kelly Services
  • 1999 - 2004
  • Finance Attorney
  • Clifford Chance - Warsaw Poland
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Vice President, Warsaw Office
  • Dickinson Wright, PLLC - Warsaw Poland
  • 1994 - 1996
  • Associate
  • Dickinson Wright, PLLC - Warsaw Poland
  • 1992 - 1994
  • Associate
  • Varnum Riddering Schmidt & Howlett
  • 1990 - 1992
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Education

  • University of Michigan Law School
  • Doctor of Law (JD)
  • 1989
  • St. Mary's College of Orchard Lake, Michigan
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1986
  • Jagiellonian University
  • Language and History Program
  • 1986

Legal Cases

  • Bussey V US
  • Government's request for Summary Judgement was denied.

Associations

  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2022 - Present
  • The Institute of Continuing Legal Education - Michigan
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Michigan Forum of Estate Planners
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Probate and Estate Planning Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Attorney Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Knights of Columbus
  • 3rd Degree
  • 1983 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Advanced Practicum Implementation Program
  • National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • 2015
  • magna cum laude
  • St. Mary's College, Orchard Lake, Michigan
  • 1986
  • Salutatorian
  • St. Mary's College, Orchard Lake, Michgian
  • 1986

Publications

  • 1996 Banking Yearbook
  • Legal Report on Poland
  • 1996
  • International Financial Law Review
  • Commercial Paper Market Emerges In Poland
  • 1995
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Speaking Engagements

  • Spring Collegium
  • Estate Planning Websites and Internet Marketing
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (15)
Endorse Matthew
Estate planning Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Matthew is highly recommended. We have worked on several matters together. He is very thorough, has a deep understanding of his subject, and explains complex concepts in a very understandable way to clients."
Trusts Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Matthew is very knowlegeable and experienced in helping persons with special needs get good care, and in helping their families plan appropriately for their futures. He is a “go-to” colleague for whenever I want to discuss such planning options for my client families."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Matthew for several years as a fellow member of the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys. He has a high level of expertise in the areas of business law, business succession, estate planning and technology. He is also a very nice guy, easy to talk to, and a very caring person."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew is a member of the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys where I have found him to be knowledgeable and a great listener. He cares about his clients and creating estate plans that are expected to work for each family's unique circumstances."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Matthew and I have worked together on Florida matters for his Michigan clients. I have found that his clients are well protected and well informed. Because Matthew's estate plans are so well drafted and comprehensive, we've been able to accomplish our Florida work seamlessly. I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is my pleasure to endorse Matt Piwowar. I've known Matt through our mutual membership in the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys. I have been consistently impressed with the compassionate manner in which Matt is able to guide his clients through a counseling and design process. He is committed to staying on the cutting edge of his profession and has developed innovative planning strategies designed for maximum planning success. It has been a pleasure to get to know Matt at various educational events we have attended together. I enthusiastically endorse Matt!"
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