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Jamie A. Downes Associate

Office
Grand Rapids
Phone
616/336-6556
Fax
616/336-7000
Email
jadownes@varnumlaw.com
jadownes@varnumlaw.com
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Assistant
Rochele Latella, 616/336-6856

Estate Planning Experience

Jamie is a member of the firm’s Estate Planning Practice Team, assisting clients in family and individual wealth and estate planning. She provides a full range of estate planning and estate settlement services, including preparation of estate plans, tax planning, charitable gift planning, guardianship and conservatorship services, and estate and trust administrative services. Jamie has a background in tax planning and compliance issues, with a particular focus on personal income tax and estate and gift tax matters. She is well-versed in the preparation of individual, fiduciary, partnership, private foundation, split-interest trust, gift and estate tax returns and is experienced in resolving tax controversies, including IRS audits.

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law
    Chicago, Illinois
    J.D. 2013
    CALI Award, Legal Writing IV
  • Michigan State University
    East Lansing, Michigan
    B.A., with honors, Finance, 2009

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Western Michigan Estate Planning Council

Recognitions

Selected by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a 2015 Up & Coming Lawyer

Community Involvement

  • Humane Society of West Michigan, Board of Directors, Co-Chair, Paws, Claws & Corks, 2016
  • Rethinking Dementia: Accelerating Change, Steering Committee
  • Wayne State University Law School, Women's Law Caucus Attorney Mentor
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