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Got A Little Charlie Sheen On Your Hands?

Friday, May 4th, 2012

The title to this article is both humorous, and yet more appropriate to your life than you might realize. When I was a kid, my mother used to always say to me, “The way you like to spend money, you’d better grow up to be a brain surgeon or lawyer”! Knowing what I know now, […]

Remember Fido & Garfield

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

This is the time of year when New Year Resolutions are made and, inevitably, getting one’s estate planning put into place is typically listed. As the Will or Trust is written, family members are bequeathed Grandpa’s pocket watch, Mom’s china collection and Aunt Sally’s antique clock. Any estate planning attorney worth their salt will also […]

3 (of many) Good Reasons for an Estate Plan

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Over the next few weeks, it is my intention to give you some “food for thought” on the WHY behind having your estate planning put into place now, while you have the opportunity to make those decisions for yourself…not a court making those decisions for you. Specific Devise: A specific devise is when we list […]

Get Your DARN Will Done!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Are you ready for this? I had to deal with this provision because someone died without a Will in place and now we have to determine ALL the heirs! Under Michigan Codified Law 700.2106(2) it reads: “If, under section 2103(c) or (d), a decedent’s intestate estate or a part of the estate passes by representation […]

Why The Cost Difference?

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Many times my clients ask why a Will is so much more expensive than a Trust. Click here to find out why you’re paying just as much OR MORE (in the long run) with a Will.

Estate Taxes Going Up

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

The Bad News: The federal estate tax is going up in 2011. The Good News: Not nearly as high as it was supposed to reach!

Top 6-10 (of 10) Tips For Parents w/ Special Needs Children

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Last week we discussed some basics on what you can do for your estate planning attorney, accountant and the future caregiver(s) of your child with special needs. This week we’ll dive right into the critical parts of estate planning when you have a special needs child (SNC). 6.             A letter about your child. This should […]

Top 1-5 (of 10) Tip For Parents w/ Special Needs Children

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Children with special needs are a true joy, but they do come with some challenges when it comes to making sure they are cared for after the death of their parents. If the children with special needs (SNC) are unable to care for themselves, and as medical advances enable people with disabilities to live longer, […]

Unmarried Cohabitants Face Legal Inequality

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

There are certain aspects of unmarried couples living together that can cause legal concerns down the road.

Expectant Mothers Survive

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

MCL 700.5507 legally forbids a medical power of attorney to terminate the life sustaining treatment of a patient if the mother is pregnant.

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