Harold G. Schuitmaker of Schuitmaker Cooper Law Office, P.C., Paw Paw, Michigan is admitted to the Michigan and Florida bars. Harold practices in the areas of estate planning and probate, mediation of probate cases, municipal law, corporations and real estate.He received a Bachelor of Arts in 1965 after attending Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University. Harold went on to attend Wayne State University Law School, where he received his Juris Doctor in 1970. While at Wayne State University, he became a member of the Delta Theta Phi Fraternity and Moot Court. He was awarded the Region 8 (Michigan, Ohio and Indiana) Outstanding Student Award from Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity.
Harold is a past-president of the Van Buren County Bar Association, a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation, and holds an AV Peer Review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and ICLE Certificates of Completion in the Probate and Estate Planning Program. He is a past-president of the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Harold is a member of the Kalamazoo County Bar Association and the Van Buren County Bar Association. He is a past-president of the Rotary District Foundation. He received the Paul Harris Award. Harold is a former member of the Chemical Bank Shoreline Kalamazoo Community Board and the Michigan State Bar Discipline Panel.
Harold has been named as a 2013 Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly and has been named a “Michigan Super Lawyer,” “Best Lawyers in America” and “Best Attorneys in Michigan.” He was awarded the Best Lawyer in Michigan for 2018 in the fields of Corporate Law, Trust and Estates. Schuitmaker was one of 138 attorneys named state-wide in Corporate Law and one of 118 attorneys named state-wide in Trust and Estate Law by Lawyers Weekly. Harold is also a regular contributor to the Michigan Probate and Estate Planning Journal.
He has been active as an Elder in his church, served on the United Way Board, Tri-County Human Resources Board (Chairman), Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy (obtained their 501-C3 status), the Specific Language Disability Board (obtained their 501-C3 status), Child and Family Services Board (President), Michigan Rotary Past President, Van Buren County Public Administrator, Michigan Board of Medicine.
Admitted in 1970, Michigan and U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
1975, U.S. Supreme Court