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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Estate Planning: Things to Consider for Michigan Business Owners

Estate planning is the process of arranging for the management and distribution of an individual’s assets following incapacitation or death. For some individuals, a small business is included among the assets to be distributed. Unfortunately, however, some business owners fail to account for their business assets during the estate planning process, leaving interested parties little direction on how to proceed. Therefore, it is important that each business owner who wishes to control the direction of his or her business after death engage in estate planning. Typical estate planning considerations for business owners include: 

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Choosing an Estate Executor in Michigan

Estate planning is essential, especially for individuals who are retired or nearing retirement. And to ensure that your wishes are properly carried out, it’s important to choose the right estate executor. Your estate executor, who is an individual specifically appointed to manage your estate in the event that you become deceased or otherwise incapacitated, should be someone you can trust. Below are some tips on choosing an estate executor in Michigan. 

When possible, go with legal or financial experience

Although your executor doesn’t need to be a lawyer or financial professional, it is advisable that you choose someone who has at least some experience in both areas.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Here’s Why You Need an Estate Plan

If you want to provide for your loved ones after your passing, you need an estate plan. Without an estate plan, your assets will be distributed pursuant to state law—leaving your loved ones little say in the matter. Therefore, if you want to avoid state intervention in the asset distribution process, you should contact an experienced estate planning attorney as soon as possible to begin the process. In the meantime, here are a few more reasons why you need an estate plan. 

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Things to Consider When Choosing an Estate Planning Attorney

When you are trying to choose an estate planning attorney, there are certain things you should consider before making your final decision. By obtaining certain information from prospective estate planning lawyers, you'll be able to determine who can best serve your needs. Below are some things to consider when choosing an estate planning attorney in Michigan.



When it comes to estate planning, specialization is important. In other words, you should choose an attorney who focuses heavily on estate planning.
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Monday, November 5, 2018

Incorporating Cryptocurrency Into Your Estate Plan

The witty and wise Benjamin Franklin once said, “...in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” We can think of no better quote to sum up the developing cryptocurrency economy. The owners of Bitcoin and other digital currencies have a vision for what they hope digital currency will evolve into, but for now, all that they can be assured of is that their assets will be taxed, and that someday they will die. Savvy crypto-holders are preparing for these two eventualities by incorporating their digital assets into their estate plans.

What is cryptocurrency?

If you are reading this post, you most likely know what cryptocurrency is from a technical and cultural standpoint. So, we’re not going to go into that. What we are more interested in is what the law says cryptocurrency is.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

What to Ask Yourself about Estate Planning in Michigan

Estate planning is an important process, and it’s something that everyone should undertake at some point in their lives. However, before getting started, you should ask yourself several questions, including:

  • Who will be my children’s guardian?
  • What types of things should I put in my will?
  • Who will be my estate’s executor?
  • Do I need a power of attorney?
  • Do I need to establish a trust for my children?

Depending on your familiarity with the estate planning process, you may or may not know the answers to these questions…and that’s okay! At Keating Law, PLC, we realize that not everyone has experience with estate planning, which is one of the reasons that our experienced estate planning attorneys are always eager to answer any questions you may have about the process. In the meantime, though, below is some basic information to help you get started with the estate planning process.

Who will be my children’s guardian?

It’s important to designate a guardian for your children during the estate planning process. If you fail to name a guardian, however, this decision will be placed in the hands of the court.

What types of things should I put in my will?

Your will should include, at a minimum, the names of the people chosen to receive your property and the property to be distributed. However, certain types of assets and property should be omitted, including certain kinds of retirement accounts and life insurance policies.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Estate Planning Considerations for Unmarried Couples

Estate planning, which is the legal structuring of the disposition of one's assets, is a process that all couples—both married and unmarried—should consider participating in. However, estate planning is especially important for unmarried couples, as unmarried couples are afforded far less legal protection than those couples who are married. Below are some things that unmarried couples should consider when approaching the estate planning process in Michigan.  

Things to Consider

Who gets the home?  – The family home is an important issue to address during the estate planning process, particularly for unmarried couples who want to leave it to their surviving children while protecting each other’s interests. One way to address this issue is to create a life estate for the surviving partner in the relationship.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Michigan Business Formation

Determining the legal structure of one’s business is a very important decision. A number of factors must be examined when deciding how to structure a business, including the business’s financial health and the nature of activities it engages in. Below is an overview of some of the most common business entity types.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Evil Stepmother, Bad Estate Planning, Or Both?

A Michigan resident recently wrote into MarketWatch’s money-based advice column seeking guidance about what to do when you think your stepmother is stealing money or other assets from your late father’s estate that you believe rightfully belong to you. Sadly, it’s a tricky question with no great answer.

The questioner wondered whether she has a fighting chance to take possession of her late father’s property.

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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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