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Jul 2017
July 27, 2017

Attorney Spotlight: Laura Jeltema

Jeltema-photo-smaller.jpgWhat kind of law do you practice and what do you enjoy about it?

I counsel individuals, families and family offices regarding trust and estate planning and administration, tax planning and business succession planning. I enjoy guiding clients through the process of pre-transaction planning, wealth preservation and limiting risk and tax exposure. I also enjoy being a resource to families when they are dealing with thorny issues, whether asset or family related. 

Tell us about your background and why you decided to become an attorney.

Both of my parents were teachers and I had considered that career path as well. I wanted to find a blend of educating and problem solving, and I believe I’ve found it. Being a trusts and estates attorney really allows me to do what I do best: educating individuals and families to help them make good decisions for their future and the future of their loved ones.

When did you join Warner Norcross and why did you decide to work here? 

I joined the firm on May 1, 2017. I had been practicing law in the Washington D.C. area, but I grew up in Grand Rapids and wanted to move back to be closer to family. However, I have always known about Warner Norcross & Judd. My aunt works for the firm and she has always spoken fondly of her experience. When I interviewed with Warner Norcross, I immediately felt that I shared many of the same values of those I met that day. Right away I noticed a team environment where people are passionate about the work they’re doing. I knew it was the right place for me.

What do you think people would be surprised to learn about you?

In high school, I was voted “Most Likely to be a Ski Bum.” That’s funny because I’m really the exact opposite. But I did enjoy skiing growing up and am looking forward to introducing my kids to skiing and other winter sports now that we will have a lot more snow than we had in DC.

What are your hobbies and interests?

When I’m not at work, I love gardening and, in general, being outside. Sports and traveling are also passions of mine. My family keeps me pretty busy, too, and I cherish the time I spend with my five-and-a-half-year-old twins. 

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