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Estate Planning Attorney

Tom is a member of Varnum’s Estate Planning and Tax Practice Teams. He provides full-service estate plan preparation, estate and trust administration, guardianship and conservatorship services. With a strong background in business law, accounting and taxation, Tom’s clients include privately-owned businesses as well as individuals who have sophisticated estate planning needs.

More recently, Tom has been assisting clients invest their capital gains in Qualified Opportunity Zone Funds, including forming Qualified Opportunity Funds and Qualified Opportunity Zone Businesses, as well as assisting with their ongoing compliance.

Tom is a registered CPA with over five years of experience in public accounting, including time with a large national accounting firm where he provided strategic tax reviews for Fortune 500 companies in various industries.  

For more information, please contact Tom Hillegonds at 616/336-6442 or


Honors & Recognitions

Michigan Super Lawyers®, Rising Star, 2017, 2018

Professional Affiliations

Association for Corporate Growth (ACG): Marketing Committee; Young Professionals Committee

Grand Rapids Bar Association: Business and Tax Section; Probate and Estate Planning Sections

Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE)

State Bar of Michigan

Community Involvement

Exalta Health, Board

myTeam Triumph, national director, chair and treasurer, 2010 - 2016

News & Publications



University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida
LL.M., Taxation, 2013

Ohio Northern University
Ada, Ohio
J.D., 2009

Hope College
Holland, Michigan
B.A., 2002

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
  • United State Tax Court
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