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When Do I Need to Start Estate Planning?

Ensuring that you have an estate plan in place, even at a young age, can be crucial to having your affairs handled in the manner that you choose. Many individuals fail to engage in estate planning early in their lives because they don’t believe tha… Read More
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Can a Trustee Just Ignore the Terms of a Trust?

Michigan law makes it clear that it is part of a trustee’s fiduciary duty to follow the terms of a trust, including those that relate to administering the trust assets, distributing them in accordance with the directives of the trust, and paying an… Read More
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Estate Planning: Dos and Don’ts

The need for future planning confronts all of us at one point or another, and future planning includes estate planning. While you may not wish to think about topics like incapacity and death, they are both a part of life for everyone. Careful plannin… Read More
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Can’t I Just Use Online Will or Estate Planning Documents?

In today’s age of do-it-yourself (DIY) home repairs, instructional YouTube videos on every possible subject, and Pinterest, it is no surprise that DIY wills and estate planning documents have emerged into mainstream America. Essentially, these form… Read More
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Estate Planning is On My To-Do List - Right Where It's Been for Twenty Years!

Every week, I meet with prospective new clients who are interested in doing estate planning. And invariably, one of my first questions is “have you done any estate planning before?” It’s a simple question, only used for information gathering. B… Read More
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What Do I Have to Do if I Am Named Executor of My Mother’s Estate?

Acting as the executor or personal representative of anyone’s estate comes with significant responsibilities. Completing all of these duties can be complicated and typically requires the assistance of an experienced estate administration attorney w… Read More
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What Do I Have to Do if I Am Named Executor of My Mother’s Estate?

Acting as the executor or personal representative of anyone’s estate comes with significant responsibilities. Completing all of these duties can be complicated and typically requires the assistance of an experienced estate administration attorney w… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning FAQ

When Should You Plan Your Estate?

Did you know yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift, which is why we call it the present? Anything can happen to any one of us at any time and in any place. Cars crash, strokes strike and each of us has a date with potential… Read More
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The Difference Between Guardianship & Power of Attorney

Remember the old Fram® oil filter TV commercial from the 1980s? The tag line was, “You can pay me now… or you can pay me later.” The idea behind this old TV spot is that taking precautions, being proactive and preparing for the future will sav… Read More
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Asking the Right Questions

Are you, or someone you know, beginning the search for an estate planning attorney? If yes, then congratulations! So, where do you go from here? What Not to Do Do you simply start calling random local attorneys from the phone book and ask how much ea… Read More
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