Marilyn Lankfer

Marilyn Lankfer

Varnum LLP

Recognized since 1993

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Practice Areas

Trusts and Estates

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Trusts and Estates
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Marilyn is a partner in the Estate Planning Practice Group. Her practice includes estate planning, estate and trust administration, estate taxation and charitable giving. She was elected by her peers to be a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Marilyn was recently honored by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of the 2012 Women in the Law.


  • Bridgewater Place, Suite 1700
    333 Bridge Street, NW
    Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, State Bar of Michigan


  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Michigan Women Lawyers Association - Member
  • State Bar of Michigan - Member
  • Grand Rapids Community Foundation - Past Chair of the Board of Trustees
  • Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education - Lecturer and Author on the new Michigan Trust Code
  • Michigan Trust Code Drafting Committee - Member
  • Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Council - Treasurer

Varnum LLP
Headquarters: Grand Rapids, Michigan

89 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

8 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Trusts and Estates

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Trusts and Estates, Grand Rapids (2012)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Trusts and Estates

Special Focus

  • Estate Planning
  • Fiduciary Duties
  • Gift Planning
  • Nonprofit Organizations and Charitable Giving
  • Planning for Closely Held Businesses
  • Probate
  • Succession Planning
  • Tax
  • Trust Administration
  • Wealth Management


  • YWCA Professional Tribute Award
  • Women's Resource Center Pillar Award
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • 50 Most Influential Women Grand Rapids Business Journal
  • Recipient of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation Philanthropic Leadership Award
  • Featured in Grand Rapids Magazine - Top 10 Lawyers in Grand Rapids
  • Listed in Michigan Super Lawyers

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