2019 it is shaping up to be a red-letter year for Toburen Law with the addition of the firm’s first full time employee and new office space in the historic Pike House in downtown Grand Rapids – changes that will enhance our services to clients.

I’m very pleased to announce that Phoebe Leek has joined the firm as Legal Assistant in charge of managing case files and court dates, correspondence with clients and court personnel, assembly of pleadings and other documents, and creating a smooth orientation for new clients.

Her experience and legal training already have proven to be valuable assets for Toburen Law. A graduate of Caledonia High School, Phoebe recently worked for a Hastings law firm with a broad range of practice areas, including family and estate planning, elder law, adoption, and bankruptcy and debt settlement. She also assisted in creating a series of educational lunches for legal assistants in Barry County while working there.

In addition to her solid experience, Phoebe is pursuing a degree in Paralegal Studies at Davenport University, having completed coursework at Grand Rapids Community College. She is a member of the Legal Assistants @ Davenport University, an organization that encourages networking and furthering knowledge in the legal field.

But most importantly, Phoebe brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the practice of estate planning and family law, particularly in cases involving neglect and abuse of children. She is particularly drawn to the dynamic nature of law, where situations change on a daily basis.

Interestingly, Phoebe is a native of the United Kingdom and still holds British citizenship, but she makes no bones about saying that Michigan is her chosen home now due to its change of seasons and proximity to woods and water.

The other major change this year for Toburen Law is our move to the newly renovated Suite 7 at the iconic, white-columned Pike House at 230 E. Fulton St. While the move was just down the hall from our former offices at Pike House, we now have more space and easier access to conference rooms and the reception area.

Our move to Pike House about two years ago has proven to be a good one, as our clients have said that they appreciate the amenities such as free on-site parking and private, spacious meeting rooms. We continue to feel that Pike House – listed on the National Register of Historic Places as one of the oldest surviving homes in Michigan – conveys the right message about Toburen Law as a trusted and respected firm.

With the addition of Phoebe and the expanded office space, I expect to become more efficient this year in the practice of family law and estate planning because I’ll be able to focus almost exclusively on legal rather than administrative issues – all of which should ultimately benefit my clients. Please feel free to stop by for a cup of coffee to meet Phoebe and see the new offices!

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