Based in Kalamazoo since 1994, DeMent & Marquardt is committed to developing and nurturing long-lasting relationships with our clients.

More than half of our clients have been with us for more than twenty years. We are firmly rooted in the Kalamazoo community through our support and involvement with local organizations such as the Kalamazoo Public Library, KVCC Foundation Board, Heritage Community Foundation, and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.

The attorneys of DeMent & Marquardt have over a century of combined experience, as well as the education and expertise to ensure that the wishes of clients are followed, their assets protected, and their families, businesses and charitable organizations are cared for.

If you are ready to make a plan for your future, please contact us to make a free consultation appointment.

Dement and Marquardt
Daniel L. Dement
Daniel L. Dement
Michele Marquardt
Michele C. Marquardt
William B. Millard
William B. Millard

Daniel L. DeMent


Member

Estate Planning (including preparation of Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and other estate planning documents), Estate Settlement, and preparation of Federal Estate tax returns.

Phone: 269.343.2106

Email Daniel DeMent

Assistant Jenny Sowell

Bar Admission:

  • 1965, State of Michigan

Education:

  • Law School: LL.B., 1965, University of Michigan
  • College: A.B., 1962, University of Michigan

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Kalamazoo County Bar Association

Articles & Publications:

  • "Gifting S Corporation Stock to a Community Foundation," The Exempt Organization Tax Review
  • "Using a Community Foundation to Achieve Charitable Goals," Estate Planning
  • "Private Foundations," The Journal of Taxation of Exempt Organizations
  • "The Majority Shareholder, Charitable Contributions and Community Foundations," Corporate Taxation

Michele C. Marquardt


Member

Estate Planning, Estate Settlement, Wealth Preservation, Real Property, Business Planning.

Phone: 269.343.2106

Email Michele Marquardt

Assistant Gayle Piper

Bar Admission:

  • 1986, State of Michigan
  • 1986, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Education:

  • Law School: J.D., Cum Laude, 1986, Wayne State University Law School, Detroit MI
  • College: M.A., Educational Psychology, 1977, University of Michigan
  • College: A.B., Summa Cum Laude, 1972, Albion College

Professional Affiliations:

  • Fellow, American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan (Real Property & Probate Sections)
  • Kalamazoo County Bar Association

Articles & Publications:

  • "Estate Administration in Michigan", 2nd edition 2013, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, State of Michigan
  • “Incentive Trusts? Beware!" Estates, Gifts and Trusts Journal, BNA Tax Management
  • “Gifting S Corporation Stock to a Community Foundation," The Exempt Organization Tax Review
  • “Site Plan Review— Limits on Discretion," Michigan Real Property Review
  • “Share Loan Financing for the Cooperative Member," Michigan Real Property Review
  • “Revocable Living Trusts," Institute of Continuing Legal Education, State of Michigan

Achievements:

  • “Michigan SuperLawyers, Estate Planning," 2007 - 2017.
  • “Top Women Attorneys in Michigan," Hour Detroit, 2017.
  • Named as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in the U.S. by Worth Magazine, 2006, 2007, and 2008.
  • “Who's Who of American Women," 2010-2011.

William B. Millard


Member

Estate Planning and Administration, Probate, Federal Estate and Gift Taxation, Charitable Giving, Trust Administration, Retirement Planning

Phone: 269.343.2106

Email William Millard

Assistant Jenny Sowell

Bar Admission:

  • 1985, State of Illinois
  • 1986, State of Michigan
  • 1993, State of New York
  • 1993, State of Florida
  • 1988, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • 1989, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • 1994, U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

Education:

  • Law School: J.D., with distinction, 1985, John Marshall Law School
  • College: A.B. (Biology and Political Science), 1982 Albion

Professional Affiliations:

  • State Bar of Illinois
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of New York
  • State Bar of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth District

Articles & Publications:

  • "Examining the Guidelines of Fiduciary Responsibilities and Liabilities," National Business Institute, New York Probate: Beyond the Basics
Michael D. Holmes
Michael D. Holmes
Charles S. Ofstein
Charles S. Ofstein
Whitney A. Kemerling
Whitney A. Kemerling
DeMent & Marquardt Staff

Michael D. Holmes


Member

Estate Planning, Probate, Probate Litigation, Trust Administration, Transfer of Wealth, Estate Settlements, Guardianship and Conservatorship.

Phone: 269.343.2106

Email Michael Holmes

Assistant Michelle Dresen

Bar Admission:

  • 2003, State of Michigan
  • 2003, U. S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Education:

  • Law School: J.D., 2003, Wayne State University Law School
  • College: B.A., Cum Laude, (Political Science). 2000, Kalamazoo College

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan (Probate and Estate Planning Section)
  • State Bar of Michigan (Elder Law and Disability Rights Section)
  • State Bar of Michigan (Business Law Section)
  • Kalamazoo County Bar Association
  • Society of Financial Service Professionals

Articles & Publications:

  • "Estate Administration in Michigan," 2nd edition 2013, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, State of Michigan
  • "Transfer of Wealth in Blended Families,"Institute of Continuing Legal Education, State of Michigan

Achievements:

  • "Michigan SuperLawyers, Rising Star, Estate Planning," 2010 - 2016

Charles S. Ofstein


Member

Estate Planning and Administration, Probate, Probate Litigation, Wealth Preservation, Elder Law and Disability Planning

Phone: 269.343.2106

Email Charles Ofstein

Assistant Michelle Dresen

Bar Admission:

  • 2003, State of Illinois
  • 2012, State of Michigan
  • 2003, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • 2005, U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois

Education:

  • Law School: J.D., Cum Laude, 2003, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, IL
  • College: B.A., Political Science and Economics, 1998, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Professional Affiliations:

  • State Bar of Michigan (Probate and Estate Planning Section)
  • State Bar of Michigan (Elder Law and Disability Rights Section)

Articles & Publications:

  • "Drafting the Medicaid Application," Institute of Continuing Legal Education, State of Michigan (presented at the 25th Annual Drafting Estate Planning Documents Seminar, January 21, 2016)
  • "Drafting Durable Powers of Attorney," Institute of Continuing Legal Education, State of Michigan (presented at the 1st Annual Elder Law Institute, September 15, 2015)
  • "Comment: Destination Unknown: Illinois' Search for a Solution to the Physician Collective Bargaining Problem," 33 Loyola U. Chi. L. J. 443 (2002)

Whitney A. Kemerling


Associate

Estate Planning, Estate Settlement, Trust Administration, Wealth Preservation, Probate, and preparation of Federal Estate Tax returns.

Phone: 269.343.2106

Email Whitney Kemerling

Assistant Gayle Piper

Bar Admission:

  • 2011, State of Michigan
  • 2011, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Education:

  • Law School: J.D., Cum Laude, 2011, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
  • College: B.A., General Business Administration, 2008, MIchigan State University

Professional Affiliations:

  • State Bar of Michigan (Probate and Estate Planning Section)
  • Kalamazoo County Bar Association

The DeMent & Marquardt support staff, pictured left to right:

Based in Kalamazoo since 1994, DeMent & Marquardt is committed to developing and nurturing long-lasting relationships with our clients.

More than half of our clients have been with us for more than twenty years. We are firmly rooted in the Kalamazoo community through our support and involvement with local organizations such as the Kalamazoo Public Library, KVCC Foundation Board, Heritage Community Foundation, and the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra.

The attorneys of DeMent & Marquardt have over a century of combined experience, as well as the education and expertise to ensure that the wishes of clients are followed, their assets protected, and their families, businesses and charitable organizations are cared for.

If you are ready to make a plan for your future, please contact us to make a free consultation appointment.

Our people

Daniel DeMent
Michelle Marquardt
William Millard
Michael Holmes
Charles Ofstein
Whitney Kemerling

Our staff

Daniel DeMent
Daniel L. DeMent
Member

Estate Planning (including preparation of Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and other estate planning documents), Estate Settlement, and preparation of Federal Estate tax returns.

Phone: 269.343.2106

Email Daniel DeMent

Assistant Jenny Sowell

Bar Admission:

  • 1965, State of Michigan

Education:

  • Law School: LL.B., 1965, University of Michigan
  • College: A.B., 1962, University of Michigan

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Kalamazoo County Bar Association

Articles & Publications:

  • “Gifting S Corporation Stock to a Community Foundation,” The Exempt Organization Tax Review
  • “Using a Community Foundation to Achieve Charitable Goals,” Estate Planning
  • “Private Foundations,” The Journal of Taxation of Exempt Organizations
  • “The Majority Shareholder, Charitable Contributions and Community Foundations,” Corporate Taxation
Michele Marquardt
Michele C. Marquardt
Member

Estate Planning, Estate Settlement, Wealth Preservation, Real Property, Business Planning.

Phone: 269.343.2106

Email Michele Marquardt

Assistant Gayle Piper

Bar Admission:

  • 1986, State of Michigan
  • 1986, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Education:

  • Law School: J.D., Cum Laude, 1986, Wayne State University Law School, Detroit MI
  • College: M.A., Educational Psychology, 1977, University of Michigan
  • College: A.B., Summa Cum Laude, 1972, Albion College

Professional Affiliations:

  • Fellow, American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan (Real Property & Probate Sections)
  • Kalamazoo County Bar Association

Articles & Publications:

  • “Estate Administration in Michigan”, 2nd edition 2013, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, State of Michigan
  • “Incentive Trusts? Beware!” Estates, Gifts and Trusts Journal, BNA Tax Management
  • “Gifting S Corporation Stock to a Community Foundation,” The Exempt Organization Tax Review
  • “Site Plan Review— Limits on Discretion,” Michigan Real Property Review
  • “Share Loan Financing for the Cooperative Member,” Michigan Real Property Review
  • “Revocable Living Trusts,” Institute of Continuing Legal Education, State of Michigan

Achievements:

  • “Michigan SuperLawyers, Estate Planning,” 2007 – 2017.
  • “Top Women Attorneys in Michigan,” Hour Detroit, 2017.
  • Named as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in the U.S. by Worth Magazine, 2006, 2007, and 2008.
  • “Who’s Who of American Women,” 2010-2011.
William Millard
William B. Millard
Member
Estate Planning and Administration, Probate, Federal Estate and Gift Taxation, Charitable Giving, Trust Administration, Retirement Planning

Phone: 269.343.2106

Email William Millard

Assistant Jenny Sowell

Bar Admission:

  • 1985, State of Illinois
  • 1986, State of Michigan
  • 1993, State of New York
  • 1993, State of Florida
  • 1988, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • 1989, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • 1994, U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

Education:

  • Law School: J.D., with distinction, 1985, John Marshall Law School
  • College: A.B. (Biology and Political Science), 1982 Albion

Professional Affiliations:

  • State Bar of Illinois
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of New York
  • State Bar of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth District

Articles & Publications:

  • “Examining the Guidelines of Fiduciary Responsibilities and Liabilities,” National Business Institute, New York Probate: Beyond the Basics
Michael Holmes
Michael D. Holmes
Member

Estate Planning, Probate, Probate Litigation, Trust Administration, Transfer of Wealth, Estate Settlements, Guardianship and Conservatorship.

Phone: 269.343.2106

Email Michael Holmes

Assistant Michelle Dresen

Bar Admission:

  • 2003, State of Michigan
  • 2003, U. S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Education:

  • Law School: J.D., 2003, Wayne State University Law School
  • College: B.A., Cum Laude, (Political Science). 2000, Kalamazoo College

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan (Probate and Estate Planning Section)
  • State Bar of Michigan (Elder Law and Disability Rights Section)
  • State Bar of Michigan (Business Law Section)
  • Kalamazoo County Bar Association
  • Society of Financial Service Professionals

Articles & Publications:

  • “Estate Administration in Michigan,” 2nd edition 2013, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, State of Michigan
  • “Transfer of Wealth in Blended Families,”Institute of Continuing Legal Education, State of Michigan

Achievements:

  • “Michigan SuperLawyers, Rising Star, Estate Planning,” 2010 – 2016

Charles Ofstein
Charles S. Ofstein
Member
Estate Planning and Administration, Probate, Probate Litigation, Wealth Preservation, Elder Law and Disability Planning

Phone: 269.343.2106

Email Charles Ofstein

Assistant Michelle Dresen

Bar Admission:

  • 2003, State of Illinois
  • 2012, State of Michigan
  • 2003, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • 2005, U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois

Education:

  • Law School: J.D., Cum Laude, 2003, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, IL
  • College: B.A., Political Science and Economics, 1998, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Professional Affiliations:

  • State Bar of Michigan (Probate and Estate Planning Section)
  • State Bar of Michigan (Elder Law and Disability Rights Section)

Articles & Publications:

  • “Drafting the Medicaid Application,” Institute of Continuing Legal Education, State of Michigan (presented at the 25th Annual Drafting Estate Planning Documents Seminar, January 21, 2016)
  • “Drafting Durable Powers of Attorney,” Institute of Continuing Legal Education, State of Michigan (presented at the 1st Annual Elder Law Institute, September 15, 2015)
  • “Comment: Destination Unknown: Illinois’ Search for a Solution to the Physician Collective Bargaining Problem,” 33 Loyola U. Chi. L. J. 443 (2002)

Whitney Kemmerling
Whitney A. Kemerling
Associate
Estate Planning, Estate Settlement, Trust Administration, Wealth Preservation, Probate, and preparation of Federal Estate Tax returns.

Phone: 269.343.2106

Email Whitney Kemerling

Assistant Gayle Piper

Bar Admission:

  • 2011, State of Michigan
  • 2011, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

Education:

  • Law School: J.D., Cum Laude, 2011, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
  • College: B.A., General Business Administration, 2008, MIchigan State University

Professional Affiliations:

  • State Bar of Michigan (Probate and Estate Planning Section)
  • Kalamazoo County Bar Association

The DeMent & Marquardt support staff, pictured left to right: