David J. DeGraw


David J. DeGraw

David is a Marshall native who graduated in 1981 from Hope College in Holland Michigan with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and received his Juris Doctorate in 1984 from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Like members of many small firms, David’s practice extends to several areas of the law, but he primarily works in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, guardian and conservatorship matters, health care, real estate, business, tax, condemnation, and contract law.

Examples of David’s representative experience include:

• Hospital and non-profit corporate fiduciary compliance attorney
• Assisting with establishing and operating tax exempt organizations, a public school academy whose program is coordinated with public schools, and an ambulance authority replacing an ambulance service,
• Advising professional and non-professional fiduciaries with planning, administering and litigating trust, conservatorship, and estate matters;
• Establishing and operating small businesses and nonprofit corporations;
• Assisting families with estate, tax, and succession matters as regular as wills or powers of attorney and as misunderstood as special need trusts and Medicaid “solely for the benefit of” trusts.

David is a member of the Michigan Bar Association, Calhoun County Bar Association, and is licensed to practice in the State of Michigan, Western District Court for the State of Michigan, Eastern District Court for the State of Michigan, and United States Tax Court. David holds a Certificate of Completion in the areas of probate and estate planning issued by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

David has devoted his time to the Marshall area community. David has provided pro bono services for several local churches, social organizations, community projects, work groups, and events; he has served several local organizations such as the Marshall Area Development Alliance, Guardian Finance and Advocacy Services, Homer Education Foundation, the Cronin Foundation, First Presbyterian Church of Marshall, Oaklawn Hospital, Marshall United Way, Boy Scout Troop 337, Marshall Zoning Board of Appeals, and Kellogg Community College Paralegal Advisory Board. David has served a member of the community board of directors for Chemical Bank and the Michigan State Bar Association Character and Fitness Committee.