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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

What Makes A Will Or Trust A Living One?


What Makes A Will Or Trust A Living One?

“Look! It's moving. It's alive. It's alive...
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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Special Trusts For Special People


If you have a loved one with special needs, you are probably an expert at navigating government bureaucracy. Developing this skill set is basically a necessity if you want to ensure your loved one has the quality of life they deserve. It can be scary to think about what will happen to your loved one after you are no longer there to advocate, cajole, and fill out endless reams of paperwork on his or her behalf. Creating a Read more . . .


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

What Is A Trust?


In basically every tv show and movie involving a death there is a dramatic scene where the family gathers to hear the lawyers read their loved one’s last will and testament. And there’s always some shocking surprise that sets up a bunch of drama for the characters to deal with. In the real world, this just doesn’t happen.

Families rarely gather for a dramatic, Hollywood-style will reading. There are a couple reasons for this.
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Saturday, November 11, 2017

How Often Should I Update My Estate Plan?


We all know we’re supposed to change the oil in the car every 3,000 miles, clean our furnace filters monthly, and defragment our hard drives every week or so. But routine maintenance is one of those things that gets skipped when our schedules get too busy. So, we drive our car until it makes that weird noise, run our furnace until it breaks down, and cross our fingers that our computers are set up to do what they need to do on their own in the background.

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

4 Tips for Snowbirds


After decades of braving the Michigan winters, you are entitled to spend weeks or months of the winter season in a warmer climate. You’ve earned it! Just make sure you know how spending some time down South or out West will impact your estate plan. Here are a few tips and tricks to consider.
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Monday, September 11, 2017

A Lawyer To English Dictionary


Deciding it is time to talk with an estate planning attorney and get your affairs in order is a difficult thing to do. It requires you to look death in the face and make some tough decisions about the future. But pondering one’s mortality is a piece of cake compared to having a conversation with some estate planning attorneys.
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Friday, August 25, 2017

6 Tips For Finding An Attorney That Is Right For You


The task of finding a good attorney can make you feel like Goldilocks. One attorney may charge too much, while another just gives you the creeps. But eventually, you will find an attorney that is “just right.
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Monday, July 10, 2017

We Will Do Anything For Our Clients, But We Won’t Do That


At our firm we pride ourselves on the work we do to help business owners throughout the Metropolitan Detroit area achieve their dreams. From formation, through growing pains, in the board room, and when a business is sold or a succession plan is put into place, we are there. To paraphrase Meatloaf: we will anything for our clients, but we won’t do that.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

DIY Estate Planning Does Not Work Well For Everyone


The Do-It-Yourself, or DIY, movement has become huge since the Great Recession. What started as a necessity has now become a hobby. Hipsters have gone mainstream and it seems like everyone is taking to Instagram to show off pictures of their home brewed kombucha or a bookcase made from an old shipping pallet. But there is one task that DIYers should be extra cautious about tackling on their own:


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Sunday, May 21, 2017

IRA Inheritance Trusts


We all worry about how to provide for our loved ones and how they will be supported after we are gone. A well-designed estate plan can bring peace of mind by securing assets to benefit those we hold dear. Estate planning is not just about wills. There are several very useful legal tools that can be put in place to protect the financial future of your loved ones even after you pass away. One such valuable tool is the


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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Estate Planning for Singles Without Children


Do I need an estate plan if I am single and do not have children?

If you are single and without children, you are part of a growing crowd in America.  About half of all Americans today are single and an increasingly large percentage of people are electing to forego children.  Many single people believe that an estate plan is not necessary for them.  However, without an estate plan, you will have no control over who receives your assets after your death.  Even further, you may be leaving critical health care and financial decisions to an individual you would not have selected.
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