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Jennifer L. Remondino

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  • Holland

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  • Grand Rapids

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Biography

Jennifer is an estate planning attorney who is dedicated to building relationships with clients. She finds it rewarding to help clients with some of life’s most difficult situations – death and disability. She specializes in sophisticated tax planning, charitable giving, estate and gift tax audits, formation and operation of family offices, trust and estate administration, governance agreements and business succession planning. She takes a practical, yet personal, approach to estate planning and enjoys working with clients residing in both Michigan and Florida to structure inheritances that fit each family’s unique circumstances.
 
Jennifer is the Chair of the firm’s Trust and Estates Practice Group, the Executive Partner of Warner’s Holland Office and a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. She has received numerous awards, including Best Lawyers in America for Closely Held Company, Family Business Law, and Trusts and Estates, Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star, and the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty, which recognizes the area’s top business leaders.

Education

  • Michigan State University College of Law J.D. 2005 magna cum laude
  • Michigan State University B.A. 2002 with honors

Admitted

  • 2005, Michigan
  • 2006, Florida

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Real Property,Trust and Estate Law Section; Business Law Section;Taxation Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section; Business Law Section
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Ottawa County Bar Association
    Board of Directors (2013-17), President (2014-17)

Experience

Estate Planning and Settlement. Provides sophisticated wealth transfer and tax planning for high net worth and ultra high net worth individuals. 

  • Design and implementation of custom estate plans, including plans for families with unique dynamics, complicated tax positions and sophisticated wealth preservation needs.

  • Design and implementation of sophisticated gifting plans, including generational trusts created with flexibility for control and ongoing tax treatment.

  • Creation, modification and decanting of generational trusts that own family business holdings, to ensure harmony in the family business.

  • Design and implementation of customizable wealth education programs with unique trust and financial education experiences, and activities and games that help prepare children in their teens and twenties to manage wealth and that help family generations manage wealth together.

  • Administration and settlement of estates including estates for closely held business owners.

  • Defense of estate and tax planning in an audit.

Family Business and Succession Planning. Prepares families to transfer wealth held in family or closely held businesses.   

  • Design and implementation of succession plans for family and closely held businesses.

  • Counseling families on family and business governance and governance structures.

  • Assisting families in recapitalizing operating entities and restructuring business units to facilitate transfer of business ownership after the current leader’s death.

  • Assisting families in planning family meetings, and facilitating educational sessions at meetings.

Charitable & Planned Giving. Provides practical advice to donors, private foundations and public charities. Examples of services in this area include: 

  • Design and implementation of planned giving strategies, including use of charitable trusts and planning for large gifts.

  • Advice to donors regarding charitable gifts and handling of unusual gifts such as closely held stock, partnership and LLC interests, real estate, art and collectibles.

  • Advice to donors on entities, structures and vehicles for charitable giving, including the use of private foundations, donor-advised funds and supporting organizations.

  • Creation of private foundations and other non-profit entities including obtaining tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service.

  • Counsel to private foundations regarding program-related investments and making properly documented grants.

  • Counsel to private foundations regarding governance best practices, identifying “disqualified persons” and avoiding “self-dealing” and other prohibited transactions.

  • Unwinding private foundations and creation of new charitable entities.

  • Preparation of annual state and federal tax returns (Forms 990, 990PF and 990T) and any required reports.

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law and Trusts and Estates, 2013-Present
  • Named as a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2012-Present
  • Named a Top Lawyer in Trusts and Estates, Grand Rapids Magazine, 2020
  • Selected as one of Grand Rapids Business Journal's 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan
  • Named as one of the 2018 Women in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly
  • Elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel, 2017
  • Selected as one of the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty Business Leaders, 2013, 2018, 2020
  • Leading Lawyers Michigan, 2014
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Certificate holder for Institute of Continuing Legal Education's (ICLE) Probate and Estate Planning Certificate Program
  • Founding Member and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Business and Securities Law
  • Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society

News

Publications

Legacy Matters

Leadership

Professional Affiliations

  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Service Fraternity
  • Attorneys for Family Held Businesses
  • National Association of Professional Women

Community Affiliations

  • Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce, Chair (9/1/2019-9/1/2020), Board of Directors (2013-Present)
  • Lakeshore Advantage Corporation, Board Treasurer (2018-Present); Member, Board of Directors (2015-Present)
  • Foundations Endowments Family Offices, Steering Committee (2015-Present)
  • Inforum - a Professional Women's Alliance, Member
  • Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity, Member, Board of Directors (2008-10)
  • Leadership Holland, 2008-09 Class
  • Holland Young Professionals, Contributing Member

Speaking Engagements

  • Approaching Prenuptial Agreements Positively, Family Office Exchange Webinar, September 18, 2019
  • "In Trust, or Not in Trust: An Overview on When Trusts Should Hold Retirement Assets," Michigan Bankers' Association, Lansing, Michigan, May 15, 2017
  • “Financial Wellness: How to Create Peace of Mind Through Estate Planning,” 2015 Women's Business Forum, Royal Oak, Michigan, March 18, 2015
  • "Powers of Appointment and Decanting," Midwest Trust and Wealth Management Conference, Michigan Bankers Association, Plymouth, Michigan, October 7, 2014
  • Jennifer is a regular speaker for the Institute of Continuing Education
  • Jennifer taught at the following ICLE seminars:
    • June 17, 2016 - "Fixing Trusts: Modifying, Reforming, Termination and Decanting Irrevocable Trusts," Plymouth, Michigan
    • May 12, 2016 - "Fixing Trusts: Modifying, Reforming, Termination and Decanting Irrevocable Trusts," Acme, Michigan
    • May 10, 2014 - 54th Annual Probate & Estate Planning Institute, “Intersection of Powers of Appointment and Decanting," Traverse City/Acme, Michigan
    • December 6, 2012 - Administration of Trusts under the Michigan Trust Code; "Trustee Duties & Liabilities"; Plymouth, Michigan
    • June 15, 2012 - 52nd Annual Probate & Estate Planning Institute; “Michigan Trust Code Update”; Plymouth, Michigan
    • May 18, 2012 – 52nd Annual Probate & Estate Planning Institute; “Michigan Trust Code Update”; Traverse City/Acme, Michigan
    • November 29, 2011 – Simple Planning Techniques for the Taxable Estate; “Overview of Estate and Generation Skipping Transfer Taxes”; Plymouth, Michigan
    • October 5, 2010 – Administration of Trusts under the Michigan Trust Code; “Trustee Duties & Liabilities”; Plymouth, Michigan
    • February 16, 2010 – 19th Annual Drafting Estate Planning Documents; “A Drafting Perspective on the Michigan Trust Code, Part II"; Plymouth, Michigan
    • January 21, 2010 - 19th Annual Drafting Estate Planning Documents; “A Drafting Perspective on the Michigan Trust Code, Part II"; Grand Rapids, Michigan

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