As an experienced business lawyer, Jay David's main focus is to provide his clients with efficient and quality legal representation with an end goal of helping his clients achieve their objectives in a timely manner. Jay represents clients in business, trusts and estates, probate and real estate matters.
- Estate (and Lifetime) Planning: Jay is an estate planning attorney in Grand Rapids who has prepared a wide variety of lifetime and estate planning related documents. These include Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney for Financial Matters, Designations of Patient Advocates and Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care, Living Wills, DNRs, Authorizations for Use and Disclosure of Protected Health Information under HIPAA, Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements, Trusts (Single, Joint, Tax Planning Revocable Trusts, Pet Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts) and Trust funding documents.
- Probate and Trust Administration: Jay represents personal representatives during the administration of a decedent's probate estate and trustees during the administration of a decedent's trust.
- Business Entity Selection, Organization and Planning: Jay helps clients determine and document the right structure or model for their business, whether as a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company or corporation.
- General Business: Jay provides general counsel to businesses. He negotiates and drafts contracts, agreements and applications for a variety of corporate needs. This includes buy and sell agreements, beer, wine and liquor licenses, and merger and acquisition transactions.
- Non-Profit Entities: Jay helps in the formation, governance and management of non-profit organizations.
- Commercial and Residential Real Estate: Jay prepares purchase agreements, conveyancing documents, mortgage and security documents, leases and other real estate-related documents.
In addition to his practice, Jay is a published author on estate planning issues. He regularly contributes a question-and-answer column through a national news service for senior publications, as well as a regional print and online publication. Engaging in estate planning, while essential, is often emotional and generates many questions such as "How do I protect my spouse and my children if something happens to me?" or "Who will take care of my pet after I'm gone?" These questions and more are addressed in Jonathan David’s recently released e-book, “Estate Planning: You Have to Start in Order to Finish.” This e-book is free and available for download below.
Memberships & Affiliations
- Grand Rapids Bar Association
- Justice Foundation of West Michigan
- State Bar of Michigan
- Business Law Section
- Elder Law and Disability Rights Section
- Probate and Estate Planning Section
- Real Property Law Section
- American Bar Association
Industry & Professional Associations:
- West Michigan Estate Planning Council, Past Board Member
- RunGR.com, Past Board Member
- ALS of West Michigan., Past Board Member
Recent Blog Posts
Equine Law Blog
- Estate Planning for Small Businesses, Grand Rapids Business Journal, July 20, 2019
- Estate Planning: You Have to Start in Order to Finish, 2019
- Legalease: Choosing Correct Power of Attorney for a "Control Freak", West Michigan Plus, March 28, 2016
- Should You Keep a Corporate Minute Book?, Foster Swift Business & Corporate Law News, November 23, 2015
- So That’s What Those Legal Terms Actually Mean, go60.us, July 2015
- How to Make Your Eventual Executor Less Stressed Out, go60.us, April 3, 2015
News & Events
- Estate Planning Seminar, Michigan Farm Bureau, April 29, 2015
- E-book Covers Estate Planning Essentials, October 31, 2018
- Jonathan David awarded Honorable Mention in Michigan Bar Journal Short-Story Contest, August 3, 2015
Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 1981
University of Michigan, B.A.,1978, cum laude
Bar and Court Admissions
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan