James E. Molenaar passed away on Friday, September 1, 2017.
James joined Huck Bouma when his law practice merged with that of Huck Bouma in 2013. Jim’s practice areas involved residential and commercial real estate transactions; estate planning, trusts and probate matters, and corporate law and mechanics’ liens concerns.
Jim had experience negotiating and drafting simple and complex real estate contracts (including new construction), estate plans; and business arrangements. Jim was also familiar with the handling of probate and guardianship matters.
Jim received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois, after which he served two years in the U.S. Army. After completing his military service, he then returned to the University of Illinois, earning his law degree.
Over the years Jim had served in various positions of leadership: President of the Rotary Club of Lansing, Illinois; President of the Lansing Christian School Board, Chairman of the Deacons and as the Vice-President of the Consistory of the First Reformed Church of Lansing, Illinois. He also had served as President of LARC (Lansing Association for Retarded Citizens), as well as a Village Trustee for the Village of Lansing.
Jim was active in various bar associations, and served as president of the South Suburban Bar Association. He was a member of several Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) task forces and had spoken at several Illinois State Bar Association continuing legal education programs. Jim also served as the Chairman
of the General Practice Section Council of the ISBA.
In addition to being on the Board of Directors of Attorney’s Title Guaranty Fund
for over 25 years, Jim served as its Chairman. He had also been a member of the
Board of Directors of ATG Trust Company.