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(231)924-6200

Eliminating obstacles.  Focused on your present, future, and legacy.

The lawyers at Jaunese, Barkow and Barkow combine over 50 years of legal experience to meet your legal needs.  We strive to connect with our clients, understand their legal issues, and provide efficient, practical solutions.  With expertise in business, estate planning, probate matters, agricultural law, real estate litigation and transactions, and family law; our attorneys are poised to meet your legal needs.

Our firm is conveniently located in Fremont, Michigan with additional offices in Hart and Casnovia, Michigan.  We routinely handle matters in Newaygo County, Muskegon County, Oceana County, Kent County, Ottawa County, and Mecosta County, but have served clients from the Upper Peninsula to the Indiana border. 

ATTORNEYS:

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David Jaunese
Dave is Senior Counsel with Jaunese, Barkow and Barkow. Dave has spent nearly 44 years serving the Newaygo County and Oceana County areas. Throughout his career, Dave has worked on almost every kind of case imaginable but specializes in probate proceedings, estate planning, business planning, and real estate transactions. Dave is very proud to have counseled clients on millions of dollars in real estate development but is equally proud of his 40 years dedicated to providing indigent defense in Newaygo County. Dave has always been a respected member of the community and was privileged to serve as the Newaygo County Guardian for 19 years.
Dave attended Muskegon Community College before graduating from Central Michigan University in 1970 with a degree in History and a minor in geography.  Working as a teacher after graduation, Dave’s students quickly made him realize he was meant to be a lawyer. In 1974, Dave received his law degree from Detroit College of Law. He is admitted to practice in all Michigan courts as well as the Eastern and Western District of Michigan Federal Courts.
Dave has been married to his wife, Paula, for over 50 years. He is a proud father and grandfather, and thoroughly enjoys fishing, traveling, and golfing.
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Lindsey Barkow
Lindsey focuses on probate matters at Jaunese, Barkow and Barkow. Prior to joining the legal profession, Lindsey served as a social worker in her native Upper Peninsula, which gave her experience and perspective on helping elderly and young people in high-risk environments. Lindsey was also blessed to work with special education students in the public school setting. Her practice also includes estate planning, commercial debt collections, and employment issues.
Lindsey graduated from Michigan Technological University with a degree in Social Sciences. After working as a social worker in the Upper Peninsula, Lindsey decided to pursue her dream of being a lawyer at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. During law school, Lindsey gained invaluable experience as a long-term intern with the 60 Plus Elder Law Clinic and an externship with an elder law firm in Hastings, Michigan. In 2014, Lindsey was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and the United States Court for the Western District of Michigan.
Lindsey is married to her law school classmate and partner at the firm, Ben Barkow. Together they have a son, Otto.  Lindsey loves cooking, hiking, working out, camping, and any excuse to be near water.
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R. Benjamin Barkow
Ben specializes in agricultural law and business & estate planning at Jaunese, Barkow, and Barkow. He also focuses on real estate, liquor licensing, civil litigation, and family law matters.
Growing up on a small farm in the “Fruit Ridge” area of West Michigan, Ben naturally began his career practicing agricultural law. His practice began by modernizing a small dairy farm and has since grown to servicing clients from Traverse City to the Indiana border. Ben especially loves succession planning and adding value to his clients’ businesses.
Ben earned a degree in Agribusiness Management from Michigan State University. While at MSU, he was a proud member of the 2008 Livestock Judging Team.  During law school, Ben completed an internship with 17th Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Feeney. He also had the privilege of completing an externship with Dr. Donald Buckingham at the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He earned his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2012.
Ben is married to his law school classmate and firm partner, Lindsey Barkow.  They are the proud parents of their son, Otto. Ben enjoys working on his family farm, welding, woodworking, attending auction sales, and traveling. He also enjoys serving as a livestock judge at youth fairs and guest lecturing on legal matters.

Address:

2 East Main Street
PO Box 168
Fremont, MI 49412

Contact Us:

(231) 924-6200
(231) 924-4882 (fax)