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Catherine H. Jacobs

Senior Counsel | Email

  • Grand Rapids

    t. +1.616.752.2391

    f. +1.616.752.2500


Catherine Jacobs provides comprehensive estate and succession planning for individuals, families and businesses. Catherine owned and operated her own law firm for seven years where she helped families plan for their future, provided elder law planning services in the areas of Medicaid qualification, and assisted clients with loved-ones with special needs in addition to her core trust and estate planning services. A well-respected advocate, Catherine still approaches her business the same way – with a deep understanding of clients’ needs and a plan for their future and beyond. She regularly speaks on topics of estate and succession planning, elder law and special needs care all over the state of Michigan for associations, foundations and universities. Catherine also devotes numerous hours and resources to serving on community boards and committees for Elder Law of Michigan, Ada Township, Senior Neighbors Grand Rapids, Caregiver Resource Network, the Council on Aging and Forest Hills Public Schools Foundation.


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  • Central Michigan University B.A.
  • Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University J.D.


  • 1993, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan
    Member, Probate and Estate Planning Section
    Member, Elder Law and Disability Rights Section


Honors & Awards

  • Awarded the "Jerry O'Bee Award" from Caregiver Resource Network
  • Elder Law Certificate Recipient, ICLE 2020


Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys

Community Affiliations

  • Western Michigan Better Business Bureau
    Board Member (2020)
  • Elder Law of Michigan
    Board Member (2010-Present)
  • Ada Township
    Township Trustee (2012-Present)
    Planning Commissioner (2011-Present)
  • Senior Neighbors Grand Rapids
    Donor Development Committee (2015-Present)
    Secretary, Board of Directors (2016-Present)
  • Caregiver Resource Network
    Member/Marketing Media Committee (2012-Present)
    Steering Committee (2016-Present)
  • Council on Aging
    Member/Board Secretary (2011-Present)
  • Forest Hills Public Schools Foundation
    Board Member (2018-Present)
  • Ada - Cascade Rotary
    Member (2012-Present)
    Co-President (2018-Present); Past President

Speaking Engagements

  • Caregiver Resource Network
    Estate Planning Basics; Elder Law 101; Long Term Care Medicaid Benefits
  • Diocese of Grand Rapids
    Estate Planning for Engaged Couples; Estate Planning for Loved Ones with Special Needs; Estate Planning for Newly Single; Estate Planning for Second Marriages
  • Grand Valley State University
    Guest Lecturer: Personal Finance - Understanding estate planning tools; Arts and Science Conference Presenter (2016, 2017 and 2018); Estate Planning for Real Property; 5 Things To Do Before You Lose Your Mind
  • Temple Emanuel
    Planning for Incapacity
  • Moka Foundation and Hemophilia Association of Michigan
    Estate Planning for Loved Ones with Special Needs
  • Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan
    Special Needs Planning
  • St. Robert's (Ada) and St. Paul the Apostle (Grand Rapids)
    Estate Planning for Engaged Couples; Planning for Incapacity; Trust Funding and Retirement Benefits



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