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Estate Planning to Avoid Family Conflict

One of the primary purposes of having an estate plan in place is to avoid the potential for family conflict after death. A minor disagreement may involve who is to handle the funeral and burial arrangements for a deceased family member. A more seriou… Read More
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Choosing a Will or Living Trust for Your Estate Plan

Making the decision between a Will or a Revocable Living Trust is the first step when starting an estate plan. Generally, both Wills and Living Trusts can accomplish the same end results by addressing how you want your assets transferred to your desi… Read More
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What to Consider When Naming a Beneficiary For Your Estate Plan

When preparing your estate plan, you will need to consider and name beneficiaries who will inherit your assets. Your beneficiaries can receive assets from your will or trust, through life insurance policies, as part of a retirement plan, or through s… Read More
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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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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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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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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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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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