Attorney Dan Blauw obtained his undergraduate degree from Hope College in 1977 and his law degree from Valparaiso University in 1980. He worked in the world of nonprofit organizations for almost 20 years, including Legal Aid of Western Michigan, the Arc of Kent County (an advocacy group for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities), and Hope Network. Much of his work involved disability appeals, public benefits, and creative housing for people with special needs.
Dan saw the need to create a small, approachable law firm to assist families dealing with severe disability and, in 1999, started his own practice. For almost 20 years, Dan has advised clients on issues such as applying for and appealing denials of Social Security and SSI benefits, the pros and cons of court-ordered guardianships and alternatives to guardianship, and estate planning that maximizes both private funds and public benefits.
Since the formation of his firm, Dan has represented over 2,500 families in West Michigan and beyond. His style is to simplify and de-mystify some of the most common legal questions faced by families dealing with disability and to assist them however possible in solving problems and preparing for the future. Currently, Dan is serving as the pooled trust representative for the Hope Network Foundation Pooled Trust and is working on a number of creative, supportive housing ventures. Dan and his wife live in Grand Rapids and have three adult children, and one new grandchild.
For almost 20 years, our law firm has offered clients a one-stop-shop for special needs planning. Attorneys Dan Blauw and Sarah Kirkpatrick understand the unique needs faced by those with disabilities and their loved ones. They assist clients with a wide range of disability-related matters - legal guardianship or alternatives, drafting special needs trusts, supportive housing, and more. They frequently work with parents to create comprehensive estate plans that incorporate special needs trusts. While our attorneys specialize in the area of special needs planning, they are also experienced in other practice areas: traditional estate planning, incapacity planning, probate of decedents' estates, and trust administration. For more information, go to our Practice Areas page. We are based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but serve West Michigan and beyond.
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