jeffreyk. helder

Jeffrey K. Helder | Partner at Cunningham Dalman


616.392.1821 Ext. 245
Fax: 616.392.4769


Cheryl L. Anderson
616-392-1821 Ext. 257

Probate Paralegal:

Carie Sneller
616-392-1821 Ext. 273

“I especially enjoy working with families and helping them avoid problems through proper planning,” Jeff said. “I’m proud to say that on many occasions I’ve represented three generations of the same family.”

Jeff enjoys helping people from all walks of life, in Holland and around the state of Michigan, navigate their way through the mazes of estate planning, trust and probate administration, and tax laws–for example, helping a person who has very few assets avoid the cost of probate, or helping a person with a great deal of wealth to minimize the estate tax burden on his or her heirs. Designing the proper plan takes  thoughtful consideration of a myriad of considerations. Jeff enjoys helping people work their way through the process.

His work also involves advising wealthy individuals on how to minimize the transfer-tax burden on their families, and provide appropriate structures to manage those assets for the next generation. Jeff has helped clients who live in the Holland area, throughout West Michigan, from Florida to the tip of Michigan, and from Virginia to California.

Practice Areas


  • Juris Doctor degree, University of Michigan Law School (magna cum laude)
  • Bachelor of Arts degree, Michigan State University (high honors)
  • Additional coursework, Grand Valley State University, Master of Taxation program

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan, Taxation and Estate Planning committees

Honors & Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell BV rating
  • 2010 Marvin C. Lindeman Award for meritorious service to the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area


  • Frequent presenter at estate planning seminars

Volunteer Associations and Memberships

  • Hospice of Holland, director
  • Kid's Hope Mentor

Hobbies and Community Activities

  • Singing with the Holland Chorale
  • Golf
  • Travel

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