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Nancy Loukus Ballast

Family Attorney at Grand Rapids, MI

4.3   12 reviews

also known as Nancy L. Ballast, Nancy Loukus


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About Nancy

Learn Nancy’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Family
    30%
    divorce, separate maintenance, custody, child support, spousal support, parenting time, paternity, equitable parent doctrine, change of domicile,

    10 years

  2. Criminal defense
    20%
    misdemeanors, felonies, driving offenses, driver's license restoration,

    7 years

  3. Estate planning
    15%
    trusts, wills, power of attorney, living trust, testamentary trusts, living wills.

    7 years

  4. Adoption
    10%
    Adoption for traditional couples, same-gender couples, and single parents.

  5. DUI and DWI
    10%

  6. Real estate
    10%
    purchase agreements, land contracts, transactions.

    7 years

  7. Contracts and agreements
    5%
    Employment and leasing contracts, corporate formation documents, grant writing,

    7 years

I'm thrilled to go to work in the morning to help people with their legal problems. It's really what I was meant to do. In my free time I like to lift weights, read, and do crafts. I'm also a parent to a high school student with special needs who is the light of my life.

Licensed for 9 years
State MI
Status Active And In Good Standing
Acquired 2013
Updated 12/26/2022

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

Contact Nancy

The Law Office of Nancy L. Ballast PLLC
80 Ottawa Ave. NW, Suite 301
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503-2713

Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
Posted by Michael | December 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Experience
I discovered Nancy after researching online for local real estate attorneys. Nancy was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable about all facets of the process involved in the sale of my personal residence. I would highly recommend Nancy to anyone who is in need of a real estate attorney.
Response from Nancy Ballast December 8, 2017
Thank you so much for your kind words! It was a pleasure to work with you.
Posted by Clyde | February 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome attorney
Nancy did a great job representing me as an out of state landlord on an eviction case I had. She was detailed and kept the lines of communication open. She followed up with the judgement & provided a much needed service.
Response from Nancy Ballast February 28, 2017
Thank you for your kind words! It really means a lot to me. I am very glad I was able to get the result you were seeking for this case! Yours, Nancy.
Posted by Eric | January 6, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Honest and Straight forward Attorney
Her advice is always on point, and I appreciate that. Every time I contact her, I come away with a clear sense of what to do. Thanks, Eric
Posted by Tina-Marie | April 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Nancy is the Best!
Nancy really cared for my case and my well being. She new I was having finacial difficulties, and helped work out my payment plan to make things easier. She went to great lengths to make me feel comfortable when we met and provided much insight into how divorce cases work and some of the human dynamics. I am glad I had her and felt we had an honest and open working relationship.
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Response from Nancy Ballast April 12, 2016
Your kind words mean a lot to me. Thank you!
Posted by K.M. | December 23, 2014
Wonderful Lawyer for an awkward situation!
Divorce isn't easy, but Nancy made it seem so. She listened to our needs, gave us solid advice, crossed the t's and dotted the i's so our court time was minimal. She listened and responded well. I would highly recommend.
Response from Nancy Ballast April 12, 2016
Thank you so much for the recommendation. I am glad that I was of service to you! While I hope you never need an attorney again, it's nice to know you'd think of me.
Posted by Diana | May 30, 2014
Outstanding service!
Nancy assisted our organization in drafting the necessary contract paperwork to file for 501c3 status. She is patient, task oriented and dedicated to ensuring that our needs are met. I am extremely impressed with how comfortable Nancy makes our board members feel about the legal process. We are able to communicate via phone, email and in person and she always seems to make time to answer any questions or adjust meetings for us. Nancy has impeccable follow through and maintains every deadline set. Her prices are extremely economical and worth every penny. Our organization highly recommends Nancy as an Attorney who is true to her word, efficient, flexible and savvy! Thank you, Nancy for the hard work you do.
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Posted by Andrew | May 8, 2014
Land Contract
My wife and I hired Nancy to help with a land contract for our first home. Being that it was our first big purchase, you can imagine that we were not very knowledgeable when it comes to home buying. Nancy not only made sure our contract protected us and the original homeowner, she took the time to thoroughly explain all the ins and outs that would concern us in the future. It was so refreshing to be in the company of a law professional who goes out of their way for their clients interests first. I have and will continue to recommend Nancy to anyone who needs legal help. It felt I'd known her for years by the time the signing was finished, she was so easy to talk to.
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Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2014
Beyond Expections
Nancy went beyond my expectations. She kept me informed of the process and what to expect next. She is trustworthy and kept my best interest a top priority. I would recommend Nancy to anyone. I feel she genuinely cared about me as a person and I actually forgot I was a "client" when dealing with my needs. Thank you Nancy.
Posted by Stacy | November 6, 2013
Honest, Fair and Thorough
Nancy is very thorough and fair. She follows through quickly with all tasks. I originally called her in somewhat of a panic given a situation that had occurred at my office and she was calm, competent and reassuring. She also works with me on a non profit board and she is always bringing new knowledge, knowing the next steps to take and does so in a proficient, calm manner. I highly recommend Nancy as an attorney. She is someone you can completely trust.
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Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Nancy Ballast gave me a great consultation! Although she wasn't hired as my attorney due to what I need in my situation, she ref
Nancy Ballast gave me a great consultation! Although she wasn't hired as my attorney due to what I need in my marijuana situation, she referred me to another attorney that was better for my situation and he was amazing! He did everything he said, got me the least consequences & he wasn't too expensive. I recommend them both.
Response from Nancy Ballast January 6, 2017
Thank you so much for your kind words! It really means a lot to me. Let me know if I can be of further assistance.
Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would NOT recommend
Heard Nancy fought for fathers. Key word, "fought." I hired Nancy trying to obtain some sort of custody and or rights to my son. Nancy asked very blunt questions and anytime I tried to explain or provide additional info, it seemed like a hassle. Nancy informed me NUMEROUS times that the judge and court go by these "guidelines." Everything out of Nancy's mouth to me was always "guidelines this" and "guidelines that." Never once did she state that the judge would hear our story and make a decision based on his own thought process. She made it sound like no matter what our case represented against the opposing party, the judge is going to follow these guidelines.... Day of court: hour or so before our case, Nancy informed me to meet with the opposing party and try to make a "deal." due to the fact that if I could strike a deal and have an agreement prior to going into front of the judge, our agreement would be better and I'd be more ahead than what the judge and his "guidelines" would give me- ACCORDING TO NANCY. I listened to her, I had trust in her. Both parties settled on a deal. I consulted with two other lawyers in GR with many years of experience in this field, they both stated that the guidelines dont exist anymore. Every case is different . Nancy supported my choice to opt out of the FOC and do a direct pay to the opposing party for child support. Nancy was aware my child had medicaid from the opposing party and didnt mention one time to me that we cant opt out of FOC when medicaid or gov assistance is involved. I know have to prove to Friend Of The Court that I've been paying child support. On top of that, FOC is now taking money out of my pay checks do to the fact that they think I am not paying my child support. Nancy inst aggressive, she doesn't "FIGHT' for you. She holds your hand and in my opinion, doesn't have enough of an idea of whats shes doing most of the time. I want a lawyer who will fight with me, and be on my side at all times, not argue with me and tell me "THESE ARE THE GUIDELINES" I tried to get Nancy to contact FOC and get my situation resolved but instead, she took weeks to do anything, and then sends me a $522 bill for our email conversations which got us absolutely nowhere. If you want a lawyer to hold your hand and tell you it will be okay, hire Nancy. I personally can get that same satisfaction of hand holding from my mom for a much cheaper rate. I would NOT recommend Nancy.
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Response from Nancy Ballast February 26, 2020
I'm sorry you feel my services were not adequate in this matter. If you would like to call my office, I'll be happy to discuss your case. I strive to provide every client with the highest possible level of legal representation. Due to ethical and confidentiality concerns, please understand that I can't respond directly to any statement you're making online or elsewhere for your own protection and to protect your right to have matters remain confidential. Once again, I would like to hear from you so I can address your concerns and help explain any problems you might feel have occurred.”
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Worst family attorney. I WOULDN'T recommend.
Nancy Ballast is the worst family attorney I've ever met so far. I wouldn't recommend her at all to anyone, she made me spend thousands of dollars for nonsense and null result. All the evidences I've provided to her, she never used them at any hearing. I mostly did her job, by going through details myself and still she was unable to use them at hearings. She almost made me spend $ 3000.00 to serve a divorce paperwork oversea. Which was unnecessary. Instead of fighting for me as a client, she was negotiating with the other party even though the attorney of the other party refused to negotiate with her. She was saying yes to anything the other party was saying, and was making me spend money, indeed she was making unnecessary phone calls just to charge me. She was charging $ 55.00 for an email and $ 22.00 for a text message. Even my Internet and phone bills don't cost that much. That was awful, ridiculous, insane. She is lack of experience. I wouldn't recommend this attorney for anyone. It would be better to represent yourself than hiring this attorney. It would take me hours to write this review if I have to mention everything.
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Response from Nancy Ballast April 12, 2016
I'm sorry you feel my services were not adequate in this matter. If you would like to call my office, I'll be happy to discuss your case and the reasons for what you're complaining about with you. I strive to provide every client with the highest possible level of legal representation. Due to ethical and confidentiality concerns, please understand that I can't respond directly to any statement you're making online or elsewhere for your own protection and to protect your right to have matters remain confidential. Once again, I would like to hear from you so I can address your concerns and help explain any problems you might feel have occurred.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Research Attorney
  • Gary Segatti and Associates
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Clerk
  • Kent County Circuit Court
  • 2013 - 2013

Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • Western Michigan University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • Mike P.
  • Successful
  • D. L.
  • Successful
  • Lisa W.
  • Successful
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Associations

  • West Michigan Solo and Small Firm Practice Network
  • Secretary
  • 2014 - Present
  • West Michigan Special Hockey Association
  • Board member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Committee for Libraries, Legal Research and Legal Publications
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Family Crossroads
  • Board member
  • 2012 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Atticus Finch (Ethics) Award
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 2012
  • Participation - Associate Editor
  • Thomas M. Cooley Journal or Practical and Clinical Law
  • 2012

Publications

  • Michigan Bar Journal
  • Marijuana Law Update
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Constitutional Day
  • Separation of Powers - Constitutional Law
  • 2013
  • Estate Planning and Special Needs children
  • Estate Planning and Special Needs children
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (22)
Given (25)
Endorse Nancy
Family Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nancy is a bright, ethical, and caring attorney. I highly recommend her."
Family Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nancy Ballast is a very driven and motivated attorney. In the time I have known Nancy, she consistently demonstrates her advanced knowledge of the law as well as an empathy that is essential to the practice of family law. I would be pleased to endorse her as a reputable attorney in the area."
Family Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nancy Loukus Ballast is a great family law attorney. I had the distinct pleasure of seeing her legal expertise in action and I would not hesitate to recommend this lawyer to any client in need."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Nancy is a pleasure to work with and and an excellent attorney."
General practice Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nancy Ballast is on my attorney referral list for anyone who needs legal assistance in the Kent County Area. She is accomplished in several legal disciplines and her clients find her very personable. I can recommend with confidence the legal services of Atty. Ballast."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. Ms. Ballast is a well-regarded and driven attorney who has provided exceptional legal representation to numerous clients throughout the U.S. With her extensive knowledge, broad experience and impressive professional skills, she is bound to invest her time and energy into achieving the best outcome for each case, regardless of its level of complexity."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nancy is caring, compassionate and committed to her clients. She models the highest standards of ethics and advocacy. I am proud and blessed to know her. She has my strongest endorsement!"
Unknown Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nancy is intelligent, compassionate, and has a way of making complex issues simple. Beyond her skills as an attorney, Nancy is one of my favorite people to see around. She is always so positive and pleasant. I happily endorse this attorney!"
Family Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Nancy in a custody case, and I know her from organizations that we're both part of. She is an excellent attorney and a wonderful person. I wholeheartedly endorse her."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nancy is a brilliant, hard-working attorney who truly cares about her client's needs and gets them results. I highly endorse her."
Family Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nancy is a consummate professional, dedicated to the practice of law. While many other younger attorneys spend a lot of time chasing after the next client, Nancy is more likely spending time honing her practice, learning from more experienced colleagues, or seeking continuing legal education (where I met her) - all to her clients' benefit. As someone who finds himself in family court on Friday Morning Motion Days, I can tell you Nancy is above-average, and will continue to distinguish herself among local family law practitioners."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer - she's a dedicated and hardworking individual who brings experience to the table."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nancy is a top-notch hard working attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nancy is a hard working and intelligent attorney who strives to get positive results for her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Ballast is an outstanding attorney, I highly recommend her legal services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nancy Ballast is an effective advocate and an excellent attorney. She is dedicated to her clients and delivers high quality legal services."
Family Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse highly this lawyer. Nancy is a very sharp attorney and very knowledgable about Family Law issues."
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