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Close up view of last will and testament. Probate vs. Non-probate assets

Probate vs. Non-Probate Assets

Transferring property after someone dies can be complicated. Many people mistakenly believe that their will is sufficient to transfer their assets. They fail to consider the difference between probate and non-probate assets and the effect that transf… Read More
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Why Designated Beneficiaries Are Important in Estate Planning

Designating beneficiaries is an important but often overlooked aspect of a sound estate plan. Many people prepare their estate planning documents, such as their last will and testament or trust, but forget to verify and update beneficiary designation… Read More
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Attorney consultation for senior couple. Patient advocate designation and senior planning concept.

Dementia Awareness: Michigan Patient Advocate Designation

June is Dementia Awareness Month, which provides an opportunity to learn more about this condition and make plans for your future if you or someone you love ever receives this diagnosis. What Is Dementia? Dementia is a general term for a group of sym… Read More
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Family dispute concept

Avoiding Family Disputes and Litigation Over Your Will or Trust

One of the goals of a properly-prepared estate plan is to avoid a family dispute after a loved one passes away. When planning and preparing your estate plan, it is wise to consider some of the issues that can divide a family so you can craft your est… Read More
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power of attorney

How to Choose the Right Power of Attorney or Personal Representative

When it comes to selecting someone to serve as your power of attorney or personal representative, you simply cannot be too careful. This is a person who will handle your legal and financial affairs if you are unable to do so, and the person who will… Read More
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can a minor be a beneficiary

Protecting Minor Beneficiaries

Preparing your estate plan inevitably requires that you consider your own mortality. If you have children under the age of 18, planning to provide for and protect your family is even more important. But can a minor be a beneficiary at all? One of the… Read More
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last will and testament

What is a Last Will and Testament, and Why You Need One

What is a Last Will and Testament? A Will, also known as a Last Will and Testament, is a legal document that states your intentions for the distribution of your assets and property after your death. The State of Michigan requires the person creating… Read More
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spendthrift provision

How to Protect Your Legacy from Immature Financial Decisions

As you work with your lawyer to develop your estate plan, you will consider the legacy you want to leave to the people you care about most. But sometimes the people we love need to be protected from themselves. This is where a spendthrift provision c… Read More
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The Importance of a Durable Power of Attorney

A durable power of attorney allows you to appoint another person to make decisions for you if you lose the mental capacity to make decisions on your own. Choosing someone who will act as your power of attorney is an important decision that should onl… Read More
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Estate plan file in a filing cabinet

10 Reasons to Update your Will or Trust

Your estate planning documents, and especially your Last Will and Testament (Will) and any trusts you have created, are living documents that need regular maintenance. As your life and circumstances change over time, your estate planning documents mu… Read More
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