Beth A. Swagman, MSW, JD

Beth A. Swagman, MSW, JD


  • Graduate of Calvin College
  • Graduate of University of Michigan School of Social Work (MSW)
  • Graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School (JD)


  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Director of the Holland Office of Bethany Christian Services
  • Director of Safe Church Ministry for the Christian Reformed Church in North America
  • Internship at Sixty Plus Elder Law Clinic at Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • Completed The Probate and Estate Planning Certificate Program


  • West Michigan Estate Planning Council
  • Michigan State Bar: Probate Section & Elder Law and Disability Rights Section
  • Elder Law and Disability Rights Council Member from 2011-2018
    • Treasurer of ELDRS from 2016-2017
    • Secretary of ELDRS from 2017-2018
  • Grand Rapids Bar Probate Section
    • Secretary of Probate Section
    • Treasurer of Probate Section
    • Chairperson of Probate Section from 2016-2018
  • Steering Committee of Grand Rapids Bar Probate and Estate Planning Section
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Academy of Certified Social Workers


  • Certificate of Completion from Probate & Estate Planning Certificate Program, 2012
  • Michigan Board of Examiners Certified Social Worker

Related Experience:

  • Author of three books
  • Professional speaker and trainer
  • Chairperson of the ELDRS fall conference in 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Board of Directors of Georgetown Harmony Homes from 2015-2018
  • Board of Directors of Friendship Ministries from 2016-present
  • Numerous public speaking engagements and seminars on stewardship, estate planning, dementia, and elder abuse