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Is a Credit Shelter Trust for Me?

When Michigan residents are considering how to protect their assets following death, they often consider a variety of trusts. One such trust is a credit shelter trust. This trust is not for everyone, but in some situations, it can be quite beneficial… Read More
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What’s the Difference Between a Guardianship and a Conservatorship?

Michigan law provides for the appointment of both guardians and conservators, and there are significant differences between the two. While both are designed to handle the affairs of a minor or otherwise incapacitated person, the roles have completely… Read More
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Does a Small Estate Still Have to Go Through Probate?

When individuals pass away, they leave behind property that is classified as probate or non-probate. In order to be classified as non-probate property, the property must either be jointly held by the deceased and another person, or it must be the typ… Read More
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Estate Planning Following a Divorce

In the aftermath of a divorce, you may overlook the necessity of updating your estate plan. Whenever you experience a major life change, including a divorce, you always should review your existing plan. If you don’t already have an estate plan in p… Read More
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Poor Planning Can Lead to Problems for your Family

Michigan residents who fail to engage in comprehensive estate planning leave behind a stressful and expensive situation that can cause serious conflicts upon family members. While no one wants particularly wants to think about death and dying, it is… Read More
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What is the Difference Between Probate and Non-Probate Property?

The distinction between probate and non-probate property is an important one for the purposes of estate administration. Essentially, probate property must go through probate court proceedings in order to be distributed to heirs, while non-probate pro… Read More
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What is the Best Way to Leave Some of My Estate to Charity?

Many individuals donate funds, property, services, and volunteer time to charities or non-profit organizations during their lifetimes. Not only is this practice personally beneficial, but it often makes good financial sense, as well. In many cases, t… Read More
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What Happens if I Die Without a Will?

Although many individuals and families engage in careful estate planning, there also are a good number of people who choose, either purposely or inadvertently, to make no financial or legal arrangements for their property following their deaths. Whil… Read More
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Avoiding Probate in the State of Michigan

If you want to avoid the time and cost involved in the probate process, you’ll need to create a comprehensive estate plan that includes mechanisms specifically designed to avoid probate. Simply having a will is insufficient; a will merely explain h… Read More
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Should I Give My House to My Kids to Protect It From Medicaid?

With the costs of long-term care continuing to rise to astronomic levels, people are increasingly relying on Medicaid to help pay for their care. The catch is that you must meet certain resource limitations in order to qualify for Medicaid. While you… Read More
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