Board member profile - Janelle Haggadone

August 3, 2020 | About RDAC

My name is Janelle Haggadone and I am an estate planning attorney at Varnum LLP.  I help individuals and families identify their estate planning goals and create a plan that is tailored to meet their specific needs.  Additionally, I help with estate and trust administration services.   

Varnum LLP is a full-service Michigan law firm servicing a diverse range of business and legal interests.  Our estate planning team consists of nearly 20 attorneys that partner with clients to craft estate plans that achieve their objectives for preserving, managing, and transferring wealth.   We also have some specialists that assist with guardianships and conservatorships for adults that have become incapacitated.   

Varnum shares RDAC's commitment to increasing early and accurate diagnoses of dementia.  Dementia impacts all segments of society, including our clients and family members.  Once the disease progresses to a point where an individual can no longer make her own legal decisions, she can no longer sign an estate plan.  The earlier a person receives a diagnosis, the earlier she can meet with an attorney to ensure that her plan will reflect her wishes.   

It has been a great privilege to serve on the RDAC board with so many impressive leaders in the Grand Rapids community.  Many key stakeholders in the health care space gather around the table to work toward improving the lives of those effected by dementia in our community.  As dementia impacts a person's ability to make financial and legal decisions, I am gratified by the opportunity to bring a different perspective to the conversation.  I appreciate that Rethinking Dementia is concerned with the whole health of the individuals living with dementia as well as the wellbeing of their families