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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 a part of 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. Marilyn was recently honored by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of the 2012 Women in the Law.


  • Featured in the Grand Rapids Magazine, "Top 10 Lawyers in Grand Rapids"
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® every year since 1993
  • 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 YMCA 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; Co-Drafter 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

  • Michigan Women’s Foundation, Power of 100 Women
  • Leadership Grand Rapids
  • Grand Rapids Community Foundation (Board of Trustees, past Chair)
  • Van Andel Institute Resource Development Council (past member)


  • 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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