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Can a Guardian Sign a DNR Order in Michigan?

In Michigan, a legal guardian has the right and responsibility to make medical decisions for an incapacitated person (ward). The guardian can, for instance, select the ward’s medical providers, consent to treatment on the ward’s behalf, and acces… Read More
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Do I Need Power of Attorney for My College Student?

If you are a parent, you know that in some ways, your child will always be your “baby.” But from a legal standpoint, your child is an adult at midnight on their eighteenth birthday. That creates a change in your relationship that neither of you m… Read More
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Categories: Estate planning
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How to Avoid Probate in Michigan

Many people, when asked about their estate planning goals, say that they want to avoid probate. Even if they are not entirely sure what the probate process involves, they have the sense that avoiding probate is a good thing—and often, they are righ… Read More
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New Year’s Resolutions and Estate Planning

As this blog post is published, we’re in the thick of the holiday season: shopping, decorating, attending parties, gathering with loved ones, and thinking about the year to come. Often, the holidays are also filled with reminiscences of loved ones… Read More
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Categories: Estate planning
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Can an Adopted Child Still Inherit From Biological Parents?

Most people expect that after their death, their property will go to their family. But what exactly does that mean? If you adopt a child, do they have the same inheritance rights under the law as any biological children you have? What about stepchild… Read More
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When Should I Start an Estate Plan?

Most people don’t spring out of bed on their eighteenth birthday, eager to start their day with a good breakfast and a visit to the estate planning attorney. In fact, many people wait decades before making an estate plan, and some never make one at… Read More
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Categories: Estate planning
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What Is the Difference Between Testate and Intestate?

These words don’t usually come up in conversation, but if you have recently been involved in dealing with a loved one’s estate, you may have heard the words “testate” and “intestate” and wondered what they mean. They sound very similar, b… Read More
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Can You Sell a House During Probate?

Often, when a homeowner dies, their house is the largest asset in their estate. Family members may need or want to liquidate the property as soon as possible. A house frequently represents more than its financial value, of course; it may hold treasur… Read More
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Categories: Probate Law
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What is a Pour-Over Will?

In a nutshell, a pour-over will is a tool to make sure that everything in your estate passes according to the terms of your estate plan. In recent years, trusts have become an increasingly popular way to avoid probate and ensure that inherited assets… Read More
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Categories: Estate planning
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What to Expect at a Guardianship Hearing

The decision to pursue guardianship of a loved one can be a difficult, but necessary one. Most family members who seek to become a guardian of a vulnerable person do so not because they want to control their loved one’s life, but because they belie… Read More
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Categories: Guardianships