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At Plachta, Murphy & Associates it is our mission to promote our clients business and personal security through responsive and proactive legal expertise. We are a full-service law firm with over 50 years of combined legal expertise in all areas of the law. Our offices are located in Grand Rapids with an additional office in Holland. We dont strive to be the biggest law firm in West Michigan, but rather to be a law firm that provides one-on-one personalized service of the highest quality for our business and personal clients.

In addition to the traditional areas of business and personal law, in response to client needs we have developed unique specialty client practice groups in Elder Care Law, Divorce and Family Law, Government Benefits (including Social Security, Disability, VA, and Medicaid) and Back Tax Resolution. Because times are tough in Michigan, many of our services are billed on a flat fee basis. Please call us at 616-458-3994 to inquire how our team can help you accomplish your legal goals and objectives.

Regular Hours
Mon - Fri:
Sat - SunClosed
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Phone: (616) 458-4700

Payment method
debit, check, cash, all major credit cards
Attorneys and Counselors at Law
Heartside-Downtown Grand Rapids
Free Parking
Attorneys, Business Law Attorneys, Divorce Attorneys, Elder Law Attorneys, Estate Planning Attorneys
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Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

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Chuck J.



My wife and I utilized Plachta, Murphy & Associates, P.C. when we decided to fulfill our dream of owning our own business. After researching local law firms we contacted Business Law Attorney Bryan Reeder. Bryan was extremely friendly, professional, and answered all of our questions. He even returned all of our phone calls promptly—which we really appreciate in an attorney.

Bryan explained our options when deciding which form of business ownership would be best suited for us. We were astonished by his guidance with forming our LLC with such relative ease! He helped us register our business name, guided us through our proper paperwork, negotiate and execute an operating agreement, helped determine our tax obligations, and much more. We really liked the way Bryan was patient in explaining everything and how helpful he was. He even gave us some resources to help our business be as successful as possible!

We would highly recommend Bryan for anyone considering starting their own business. His expertise and professionalism was second to none.

Nancy W.



Dear Mr. Murphy,

Thank you so much for winning my Social Security Disability case. I am so glad I chose your firm and I will certainly recommend you to my friends and family. It was obvious from our first meeting that you knew what you were doing and your excellent advice and guidance helped me to get a fully favorable decision.

Thank you to your Government Benefits Specialist, Rick Cross, as well for working with me through my case. After Rick's call telling me I had won my Disability, I had to just let it sink in.

Thank you both again very much!

Nancy Wilson

Greg F.



I wanted to say thank you for all your help through our mess. We consulted a different lawyer on recommendation before coming to you and he made us feel very uneasy about our situation. You both made things very clear for us and we appreciate the time you took in explaining and sometimes re-explaining until we were contentedly "in the know" of what was going on. Beyond your legal advice your attitudes and counseling towards our case made us more comfortable, especially being first timers in anything like this.

I looked forward to our meetings and conversations because the result was always a better feeling and a better understanding. I never felt grilled or uneasy about the questions you asked, and more importantly, how you asked them.

Again, thank you for everything. You may not always get feedback and as a business owner I know how much it can mean. From my small experience with lawyers, you guys are different. You talk at our level and make us feel comfortable. That may seem like a small thing that you do but as a client who would rather not be dealing with a lawyer in the first place it really is a huge thing. Anyone can offer legal advice; the difference is how you do it.

I look forward to working with you in the future, and will always mention our positive experience given the opportunity.

Take care,

Greg Feutz


DDS Integration

Shari C.



Plachta, Murphy & Associates has been my legal counsel in personal and business matters. Brian Plachta walked me through the process of incorporating my small business, assisted our condo association in acquiring land for green-space, and also attended to my personal Estate Planning needs as well as Elder Care for my mother.

While I have always been impressed with Brian Plachta's legal services from a business perspective, it was my meeting with him about Elder Care Law and Estate Planning that made me fully aware of why I call Attorney Plachta. While dealing with my mother’s dementia was overwhelming, Brian’s patience in explaining the financial implications of my mother's dementia and his compassion while we discussed the sensitive matter of taking over my family’s decision making was wonderful. In addition to helping me care for my parents, Brian helped me create a Will that protected my assets and my children’s best interests.

I trust Brian to help me make sure my children and parents receive the very best care, my LLC is legally sound, and my neighborhood business is in order and you can too!

Shari Ann Ciganik


Aquinas College



Excellent Law Firm

Rick Cross and Plachta Murphy staff,

The VA recently deposited 10 months retroactive pension in the amount of $10,560 in my Mom's account and we also received a letter last week confirming they will be depositing $1056/month regularly. That first payment was also made last week.

I just wanted to thank you for all your help and encouragement through some difficult times, and for the success we ultimately experienced through your efforts. If you would like a copy of the VA letter confirming the payment, please do not hesitate to let me know and I will get a copy to you.

Again, thank you very much and we would highly recommend Plachta Law Firm to anyone who needs legal assistance of any kind, and especially regarding VA benefits.

Have a great day.

John and Donna Thomas