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Susan Gell Meyers

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  • Grand Rapids

    t. +1.616.752.2184

    f. +1.616.222.2184

  • +1.866.533.3018 - ext. 2184


Susie counsels high net worth individuals, business owners, their families and the businesses and family offices that serve them, on trust and estate planning and administration, multi-generational planning, income, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning, and wealth preservation. Susie designs creative and comprehensive plans for succession of family businesses and legacy assets, such as vacation homes, with an eye to minimize taxes, maximize successful governance and avoid unnecessary complication. Susie enjoys distilling complex concepts into understandable reality for her clients. Her empathetic, proactive and organized nature benefits the individuals, businesses and families she assists.


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  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law J.D. 1991 cum laude
  • University of Michigan B.A. 1986 with distinction


  • 1991, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section; Business Law Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section; Business Law Section
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
    Probate & Estate Planning Section


  • Estate and Wealth Transfer Planning. Represents business owners, physicians, dentists and individuals for their estate planning needs, including:
    • tax planning (income, gift and estate) for families of wealth
    • gift and estate tax litigation
    • asset protection
    • planning for large retirement plans or other income taxable assets
    • implementing gift trusts and family limited liability companies to maintain family ownership of heirloom assets
    • developing plans to transfer ownership of family businesses to next generation owners on a tax-advantaged basis using techniques such as GRATs, life insurance trusts, and sales to grantor trusts
    • drafting prenuptial agreements to protect family businesses, heirloom assets and wealth
    • estate tax planning for non-US citizens and resident aliens
  • Vacation Home Planning. Represents individuals and cottage associations to develop agreements and policies establishing rules for transfer, use and maintenance of vacation homes by multiple parties
  • Business Planning. Represents closely held businesses, including medical and dental practices, to determine proper entity selection, formation, ongoing operation and succession planning. Representation includes drafting buy-sell agreements restricting transfers of ownership, establishing rules for sale and purchase of interests, and protecting S corporation elections, as well as drafting employment policies setting forth rules for employment of family members
  • Estate/Trust Administration. Provides a full range of post-death estate settlement and trust administration, including the administration and tax planning for decedents' estates, preparation of estate tax returns, income tax returns and fiduciary accounts, and handling of IRS audits and valuation disputes. Successfully negotiated settlement with IRS on gift/estate tax audits resulting in:
    • Recognition of family owned LLCs for gift purposes
    • 22.5 percent discount for partial interests in real property
    • 20 percent combined discount for marketable securities LLC
    • Full estate tax deduction for interest on Graegin notes
    • 35 percent combined discount for marketable securities limited partnership
    • Defined value formulas in gifts and sales respected by the IRS

Honors & Awards

  • Private Wealth Law – Michigan, Chambers High Net Worth Guide, 2016-Present
  • Top Lawyer in Trusts and Estates, Grand Rapids Magazine, 2019-21
  • Best Lawyers' Grand Rapids Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Lawyer of the Year, 2018 and 2016
  • Leading "Women in the Law." Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2015
  • Top 25 Women Michigan Super Lawyers, 2014
  • Top 50 Women Michigan Super Lawyers, 2007
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-Present
  • Best Lawyers in America, Trusts and Estates, 2003-Present
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Leading "Women in the Law," Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2015
  • Leading Lawyers Michigan, 2014



Legacy Matters


Professional Affiliations

  • Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises
    Conference Planning Chair (2011-14); Board Member (2010-14)
  • Inforum - A Professional Women's Alliance (2005-Present)
  • West Michigan Estate Planning Council

Community Affiliations

  • Blandford Nature Center
    Board of Directors (2015-Present)
  • Family Business Alliance of GVSU
    Member (2008-Present)
  • Leadership Grand Rapids
    Class of 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Prenup Workshop, Family Business Alliance, February 14, 2019, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Panelist, “Estate Planning Issues in Preparation for a Transaction,” Strategic Alternatives for Middle Market and Closely Held Businesses, October 26, 2017, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • “Prenuptial Agreements: The Elephant in the Room,” Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises 2013 Annual Conference, April 26, 2013, Chicago, Illinois
  • Lecturer: Estate Planning and Probate Matters for Institute of Continuing Legal Education courses and other organizations


“She’s very responsive, willing to work collaboratively – she and I are able to try to coordinate issues. She does that in a very collaborative, professional way, she’s great to deal with.”
“She’s a really strong client advocate. She’s very good at coming up with ideas throughout the year; she calls clients up about ideas and follows through very well.”
“She has an incredible skill set for working with families, understanding the dynamics, the sensitive issues and really looking out for the clients’ best interests.”


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