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Laurie A. Velzen

Senior Paralegal | Email

  • Grand Rapids

    t. +1.616.752.2352

    f. +1.616.752.2500

Biography

For more than 30 years, Laurie has helped people through the always difficult process of divorce, including parenting time, child support, child custody and financial issues. She works with clients to understand the legal process, identify their options and find the best solutions. "I've learned over my many years in family law, that our clients are good people going through a really bad time in their life," she says. "Getting them through the divorce process and helping them remain good people is my mission."

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Practices

Education

  • Aquinas College B.S.S. 2012
  • Grand Rapids Community College A.A.S.
  • Western Michigan University

Bar Associations

  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
    Legal Assistant Section; Family Law Section

Honors & Awards

Experience

  • Extensive trial preparation of discovery documents, subpoenas, interrogatories, witnesses and exhibits
  • Experience in child custody procedures, Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements, adoption procedures, post judgment parenting time issues, child support issues and retirement plan distributions
  • Presenter at numerous speaking engagements for ICLE, National Association of Legal Secretaries (NALS) and Davenport College/Paralegal Studies
  • Extensive client contact, including meetings and phone conferences regarding procedures and family law issues
  • Preparation of documents: Court pleadings, Friend of the Court forms, correspondence and memoranda
  • Research case law and statutes on child custody, parenting time, spousal support, domicile, personal property, real property, retirement plans, name change, assets and liabilities, and business valuations
  • Preparation and analysis of Michigan Child Support Guidelines, Michigan Spousal Support Guidelines, asset and liability spreadsheets and Qualified Domestic Relation Orders
  • Extensive case and file management
  • Scheduling of mediations, arbitrations, hearings and trials
  • Research case law and statutes on child custody, parenting time, spousal support, domicile, personal property, real property, retirement plans, name change, assets and liabilities, and business valuations

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