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Should I Include a No-Contest Clause in My Will?

Your last will and testament is supposed to give effect to your wishes for what happens to your property after your death. Having a will typically promotes family harmony by making your wishes clear and preventing your family from fighting over what… Read More
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Categories: Probate Law
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Lessons From Britney Spears About Fighting Conservatorship Abuse

The word “conservatorship” wasn’t familiar to many people until this year, when the saga of pop singer Britney Spears’ conservatorship burst into the public consciousness. Images of #FreeBritney protests appeared on the news, and dramatic hea… Read More
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Categories: Conservatorships
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What’s the Difference Between a Guardian and a Conservator?

Conservators have been in the news lately, with singer Britney Spears pushing back in court against her father’s 13-year conservatorship over her. Many of the people standing outside the courthouse waving “FREE BRITNEY” signs have only a vague… Read More
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Designating Co-Executors of a Will

Estate planning, including preparing your will, is filled with big decisions. One of the most important is your choice of executor (also called a “personal representative”). Your executor is the person who will administer your estate after your d… Read More
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Michigan Probate

Michigan Probate for Out-of-State Families

Losing a loved one is always hard, and having to settle their estate while you are still grieving can make things even more difficult. It’s challenging enough when you live near your family member’s last residence and can deal with estate matters… Read More
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Categories: Probate Law
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How a Ladybird Deed Can Protect Your Home From Probate

Avoiding probate is a priority for many people, and understandably so; they don’t want their family, already grieving their loss, to be confronted with administrative difficulties in settling their estate. Estate planning tools, such as living trus… Read More
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Five Reasons for Contesting a Will

Fewer than one percent of wills are challenged in court, and many of those challenges are unsuccessful. The fact of the matter is, it is not easy to overturn a will, or even a provision in a will. That said, the law of every state, including Michigan… Read More
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What You Can't Do With A Will

While a will is one of the most important estate planning documents you can have, there are things that it won’t cover. A will is just one part of a comprehensive estate plan. A will is a legally-binding statement directing who will receive your pr… Read More
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When to Hire a Probate Lawyer

If someone close to you has died and their will puts you in charge of administering their estate, you have probably been told that the first thing you should do is hire a probate lawyer. Similarly, if a loved one has died without a will in Michigan,… Read More
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Living Trust Documents

The Importance of a Living Trust in Michigan

If you are making or updating an estate plan, you may be wondering if a living trust should be a part of it. You may be under the impression that trusts are complicated or only for the wealthy. In reality, trusts offer a host of benefits, and you don… Read More
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Categories: Estate planning, Trusts

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