David E. Waterstradt

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David Waterstradt is a trusts and estates attorney who focuses his practice in estate and tax planning, estate and trust administration, elder law and Medicaid planning. He is available to meet with clients in the firm's Grand Rapids, Holland and Muskegon offices. He has extensive experience, including the following representative experience:

Has represented individuals and their agents in planning to meet the expenses of long term care; Has established Sole Benefit Trusts for the protection of assets beyond the Medicaid protected spousal amount for a spouse who remains at home when the other spouse needs nursing home care; Has established Testamentary Trusts to assist couples to plan to protect assets for a surviving spouse who may need nursing home care; Has advised on gifting by single individuals seeking to qualify for Medicaid or Veteran's benefits, including the use of irrevocable trusts and annuities; Has prepared private reverse mortgages for children with the means to fund long term care for their parents with eventual payback upon death; Has established special needs trusts to protect inheritances, lawsuit settlements, awards and other assets received by disabled individuals; Has prepared powers of attorney to clearly authorize gifting and Medicaid planning.

Has represented individuals with estates valued up to $30 million in preparing their estate plans, including business owners, executives, physicians, those with inherited wealth and successful savers and investors; Has created wills and trusts for the tax efficient transfer of wealth, including marital trusts, credit shelter trusts, generation skipping trusts, irrevocable insurance trusts, qualified domestic trusts for noncitizen spouses, qualified personal residence trusts and cottage trusts; Has established family partnerships and limited liability companies to provide for the management of assets, protection of family assets from creditors and tax efficient transfer of wealth to the next generation; Has developed plans to transfer closely-held family businesses, sometimes involving grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs), sales to grantor trusts and other techniques; Has prepared prenuptial and postnuptial agreements; Has advised clients on the transfer of IRAs and other retirement plans in a tax efficient and creditor protected manner.

Has represented fiduciaries and beneficiaries in trust and estate administration; Has commenced probate court proceedings and counseled individuals and banks appointed as personal representatives in estate administration; Has assisted individuals seeking appointment as a guardian or conservator for an elderly or disabled person and counseling guardians and conservators in the fulfillment of their duties; Has represented trustees in the administration of trusts; Has represented individuals and fiduciaries involved in probate litigation, including claims by and against estates, will contests, trust disputes, joint accounts and real estate partitions

Certified Elder Law Attorney, National Elder Law Foundation.

Areas of Practice (12)

  • Asset Protection
  • Business Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Litigation
  • Estate Planning
  • Real Estate
  • Social Security Disability
  • Taxation
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Veterans Benefits
  • Wills and Probate

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
231-903-4346  Phone
866.533.3018 ext. 2698  Phone
231.728.7798  Fax
University Attended:
Grand Valley State University, B.A., Economics and French, 1987
Law School Attended:
Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1993
Year of First Admission:
1993, Michigan
President, Muskegon County Bar Association (2012-2013); Michigan Bar Association (Member, Sections on Probate and Estate Planning; Elder Law); American Bar Association (Member, Section on Real Property, Trust and Estate Law); Member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; Accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding claims for veterans benefits
Birth Information:
Mason, Michigan, April 8, 1964
( Certified Elder Law Attorney, National Elder Law Foundation. )
Hobbies & interests:
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT Board Member and Past President (2010-2011) of the Lake Michigan Estate Planning CouncilPresident of the Arc Muskegon (2011-Present)North Muskegon High School Cross Country Coach

Peer Reviews

A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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