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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Estate Planning: Things to Consider in Michigan

Estate planning involves structuring the disposition of one's assets. Estate plans should account for expected and unexpected life events, and they commonly address the way in which assets will be distributed in both life and death. Below are some things to consider when starting the estate planning process in Michigan.


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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Why Casey Kasem’s Kids Think Michigan Needs To Change Its Laws


Do children have a right to visit their dying parents? In Michigan, they soon may thanks to the children of Casey Kasem, Mickey Rooney, and Glen Campbell. Regardless of what the law is, this is something anyone who is making an estate plan should think about.

A lot of attention is paid to parental rights, and rightfully so, but as the Baby Boomer generation ages, a new issue is emerging - adult children who are prevented from visiting their dying parents.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Privacy Preserved

Questions About Harper Lee’s Life Go Unanswered Thanks To Astute Estate Planning

Eight days before her death, Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, created a new will. Now, two years later, it has been released to the public, but it reveals very little about the author’s last wishes. And that is probably not an accident.

Lee, who was known for her desire to live a private life, made headlines in the year preceding her death by agreeing to publish what was billed as a sequel to her coming-of-age classic. Go Set a Watchman sparked more pre-orders than any book since the last Harry Potter novel, and raised a lot of eyebrows.


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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Do I Need a New Estate Plan?

Does The New Tax Law Mean I Need A New Estate Plan?

The answer to this question is the stereotypical lawyer answer – it depends. The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” that was signed into law by President Trump in late December will significantly impact large estates, but even folks with smaller estates should make an appointment with their estate planning attorney if it has been a few years since your plan was last updated.
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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.


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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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