Change is hard. Accidents, chronic illnesses, dementia, and death are all big changes, and they’re all way outside our control. But you can plan for them.
Huizenga Law is a boutique elder law and estate planning firm, where every client is like family. We feel called to put 1 Timothy 5 into practice: “Do not rebuke an older man, but encourage him as you would a father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters.” At Huizenga Law every client is like family, and we take care of our family.
As a boutique law firm, we don’t spread our energy and efforts over a wide variety of areas. Instead, we focus on elder law and estate planning only. We set the bar high through our ethical, efficient, and effective counsel and the meaningful relationships we build with our clients and the community. When you become a client, you’ll never feel like we don’t respect you or are avoiding you. On the contrary, we insist upon regular, honest communication with our clients during every step of our unique LegacyGuard planning process.
Sometimes open communication means having difficult conversations or asking hard questions. We promise to ask those questions and listen to the answers with empathy and caring. We’ll laugh with you, and we’ll cry with you. Our office is as safe and private as your own home, so you can feel comfortable sharing your hopes and dreams as well as your fears and concerns.
Starting a family? We can help you set up a plan to take care of your kids if the worst happens. Starting a business? We can help set things up for the long haul. Looking to transition the farm? We can help you balance the family considerations with the financial ones. Worried about long-term care? We’ll help you navigate the maze of regulations to find the options that fit your needs best.
Greetings from Orange City! I’m Ethan Huizenga, the elder law and estate planning attorney at the Huizenga Law Firm.
I started the Huizenga Law Firm in 2010 to fulfill my calling: clear away the fog of confusion around planning for the end of your life. It’s my mission to help you and your family find security during the times when things seem the least secure.
Having lived out some of the challenges that come with having aging loved ones, I know how important having a plan can be. As a teenager, I watched as my dad struggled with being 600 miles away while his dad fought – and ultimately lost – his battle with brain cancer.
I’ll never forget the story my dad still tells about Grandpa Huizenga in the days after his brain surgery. My dad had flown out to Chicago to be with Grandma Huizenga during the procedure. As they were sitting in his hospital room a couple days later, Grandpa was watching a news story about a plane crash and looked at my dad – genuinely concerned – and asked, “Were you on that plane?”
Just a few years later, my mom and her siblings were confronted with the prospect of “taking away the keys” from their dad (we still call him “Opa”). Though there wasn’t a distance issue for my mom, her youngest brother was living several hours away. Opa had only done the bare minimum for planning which made his transition to a care situation much more challenging – both practically and emotionally – for my mom and her brothers. After Opa died, Oma (that’s my mom’s mom) went through some of the same difficulties.
If you or a loved one is facing a crisis like that, I’m here to help guide you and your family down a path to success and harmony, and a light-filled future.
Outside the office, I am married and have three kids. Together we enjoy cheering for Chicago sports teams, playing board games, and traveling the United States. I also enjoy serving on several non-profit boards, playing golf, and volunteering at my church.
|MO||Good Standing, Active||2008||11/08/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Northwest Iowa 20 Under 40||Northwest Iowa Review||2012|
|Of Counsel||Waagmeester Law Office, P.L.C.||2013 - Present|
|Attorney/Principal||The Huizenga Law Firm, P.C.||2010 - Present|
|Attorney||Thompson Law, P.C.||2016 - 2018|
|Associate||Klay, Veldhuizen, Bindner, De Jong, De Jong, & Halverson, P.L.C.||2009 - 2010|
|Partner||Bowman Huizenga, LLC||2009 - 2009|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Elderbridge||Board of Directors||2019 - Present|
|South Dakota State Bar||Member||2018 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Member||2015 - Present|
|ElderCounsel||Member||2013 - Present|
|Orange City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors||Member||2012 - Present|
|WealthCounsel||Member||2012 - Present|
|Sioux County Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Iowa State Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Missouri State Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Orange City Growth Organization||Executive Committee Member||2010 - 2014|
|It's Not Too Late Books||The Ultimate Guide to Nursing Home Medicaid for the Stressed-Out Husband or Wife||2021|
|Saint Louis University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2008|
|Dordt College||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2005|
Posted by Deb
July 27, 2020