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Douglas Rasmussen

Of Counsel
fax +1 616.608.1178

Douglas Rasmussenassists clients in estate planning objectives by analyzing financial and distribution strategies, structuring plans that consider tax ramifications, and preparing all estate planning documents.

Douglas is experienced in the preparation of estate and gift tax returns as well as in planning with regard to personal, estate, and trust income tax matters, and is an authority on the creation and administration of charitable foundations.

Douglas’s practice provides a full range of services concerning estate administration, including will contests, major trust and estate litigation, the specialized services requisite to the collection of estate assets, post-mortem estate planning and estate distribution. His corporate practice is primarily involved with business and tax planning for closely-held corporations.


J.D., University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1965
M.B.A., University of Michigan, Michigan, 1965
B.B.A., University of Michigan, Michigan, 1962


Named a Leading Lawyer in Grand Rapids by Leading Lawyers℠ (2013-2024)


American Bar Association, past Chairman, Committee on Estate Planning and Drafting

American Bar Foundation, Fellow

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow

Board of Regents; past Michigan State Chairman

Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit, past President

International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, Fellow

Michigan State Bar Foundation, Fellow

State Bar of Michigan, past Chairman of the Probate and Estate Planning Section

Trustee of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
Board Member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Board Member of the Detroit Economic Club
Board Member of the Friends of the Detroit Public Library
Past Chairman of the Board of the Southeastern Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross
Past Chairman of the Board of the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit
Trustee of the Holley Foundation
Past President of the Detroit Executives Association
Past President of the Detroit Athletic Club

State Bar Licenses