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Jonathan J. David

1700 East Beltline, N.E.
Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49525-7044
T 616.726.2243
F 616.726.2299


As an experienced estate planning, probate and trust administration, business, and real estate lawyer, Jay David focuses on providing high quality legal representation to help his clients achieve their objectives. Jay understands the importance of responding to a client's needs quickly and efficiently and will begin working for a client immediately upon being retained. Jay's practice areas include:

  • Estate (and Lifetime) Planning: Jay counsels on and prepares 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. Once formed, Jay advises the business entity regarding its governance, management, and ongoing operations.
  • 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, employment agreements, merger and acquisition transactions, and succession planning.
  • 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 for both residential and commercial real estate. Jay also represents commercial real estate developers and brokers, as well as buyers and sellers at real estate closings.

Jay’s clients include:

  • Dentists and dental practices
  • Restaurants
  • Retail businesses
  • Health care professionals
  • Automobile and boat dealerships
  • Manufacturing companies.

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 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?". Another frequent question that is asked is “How can probate be avoided?”. These questions and more are addressed in Jay's e-book, “Estate Planning: You Have to Start in Order to Finish.” This e-book is free and available for download below.

A Grand Rapids resident, Jay is a runner and sports enthusiast married to a dog and animal enthusiast, and they have two adult children. He also enjoys reading good books, writing and watching good movies.
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Memberships & Affiliations

Legal 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



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Speaking Engagements

  • Farm Succession and Estate Planning, Michigan Farm Bureau, April 29, 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