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John T. Klees

Senior Counsel
Office

Grand Rapids

200 Ottawa NW
Suite 500
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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Fax: +16166081168
Education
LI.M., New York University School of Law, New York City, New York
J.D., cum laude, Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan
B.A., University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
State Bar Licenses
Michigan
Court Admissions
U.S. Tax Court

John T. Klees

Senior Counsel

With over 30 years of experience, John T. Klees helps individuals and families organize their affairs to secure their business and/or nest-egg assets for future generations. Serving a diverse client base throughout the state of Michigan, John develops and implements wealth preservation strategies, asset protection plans, business succession plans, wills and trusts, and advanced estate and gift tax strategies in such a way as to minimize difficulties, taxes, and expenses.

John’s primary emphasis is in pre-death business and estate/succession planning, to help clients and their families avoid disputes and litigation down the road.  He also assists surviving family members in post-death estate and trust administration, again with an emphasis to avoid disputes and litigation.  But when disputes are unavoidable, John represents surviving family members, in their fiduciary capacity (as trustee) or as beneficiaries, to ensure that good, fair and “right” results are obtained in litigation.

John has devoted his entire career to staying on the cutting edge of the law related to estate planning and administration. This dedication began in law school, when he earned a Masters of Law in Taxation from New York University School of Law, with a focus on estate/gift taxes, in addition to the traditional J.D. law degree. This vantage point offers John the ability to see opportunities that others miss. John does not just "dabble" in estate planning (and related areas) — he specializes in it.

John frequently speaks about estate planning, business succession planning, and advanced wealth preservation strategies for high net worth individuals. John is active in numerous business and community organizations. 

Memberships
American Bar Association, Taxation and Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Sections
Grand Rapids Bar Association
State Bar of Michigan, Taxation and Probate & Estate Planning Sections
West Michigan Estate Planning Council, Member and (past) Director
Practice Areas
Tax & Estate Planning