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Marilyn Lankfer Counsel

Marilyn Lankfer Estate Planning Law Attorney
Grand Rapids
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Rochele Latella, 616/336-6856

Estate Planning Experience

Marilyn is an attorney on the Estate Planning Practice Team. Her practice includes estate planning, estate and trust administration, estate taxation and charitable giving. She was elected by her peers to be a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.


  • Featured in the Grand Rapids Magazine, "Top 10 Lawyers in Grand Rapids"
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® every year since 1993
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®, Women in the Law Spring Business Edition, Trusts and Estates, 2017
  • Selected as a Super Lawyer since its inception in Michigan, including the Top 50 Michigan Women Super Lawyers and the Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers since 2009 and Michigan Super Lawyers since 2011
  • Elected by her peers to be a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Received the YWCA Tribute Professions Award
  • Named the Best Lawyers’ 2012 Grand Rapids Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year
  • Honored by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of the 2012 Women in the Law
  • Recipient of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation Philanthropic Leadership Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating, AV® Preeminent™

Professional Affiliations

  • Michigan Estate Planning and Probate Council (2003 - 2010; Treasurer, 2009 - 2010)
  • Michigan Uniform Trust Code Committee (2003 - 2010; one of the drafters of Michigan’s new Trust Code)
  • Michigan Women Lawyers Association
  • Western Michigan Estate Planning Council (past Officer)
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Leadership Grand Rapids
  • Grand Rapids Community Foundation (Board of Trustees, past Chair)
  • Grand Rapids Community Foundation (Professional Advisory Committee and LGBT Fund Advisory Committee)


  • University of Michigan Law School
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    J.D., cum laude
  • University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    M.A. and B.A., with high distinction
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