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Can a Guardian Sign a DNR…

Can a Guardian Sign a DNR for a Ward?

Thinking about serious illness and life-saving measures that might be taken in a crisis is never pleasant. Unfortunately, with the advent of the coronavirus pandemic, many of us have been confronted with images of how painful life-saving measures can… Read More
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Categories: Guardianships
Michigan Probate Filing D…

Michigan Probate Filing Deadlines Extended Due to COVID-19

Michigan has been particularly hard-hit by the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and hospitals have been overwhelmed. In order to stem the tide of cases, most Michiganders have been following recommendations for physical distancing and staying at hom… Read More
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Categories: Probate Law
Protecting Elderly Loved…

Protecting Elderly Loved Ones in the Time of the Coronavirus

It’s on every television news channel, splashed across the front page of every newspaper, blaring from radio stations and popping up on every social media site: the novel coronavirus, which causes the respiratory illness known as COVID-19. Many of… Read More
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Categories: Elder Care

Do I need a death certificate to open an estate in Michigan?

A guide to alternative documents you can use to open an estate in Michigan when there is no death certificate. Read More
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Three Reasons to Have a P…

Three Reasons to Have a Power of Attorney

When you hear the term “estate planning,” what comes to mind? If you’re like most people, you think of drafting a will or a trust, with the intention of disposing of your assets after your death. Many people are surprised to learn that estate p… Read More
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Categories: Estate planning
What Authority Does a Leg…

What Authority Does a Legal Guardian Have in Michigan?

If you are considering seeking guardianship of a loved one, you have almost certainly not come to this decision point easily. Particularly if that loved one is an older relative who is suffering from dementia, you may have spent months wrestling with… Read More
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Categories: Guardianships
Who Can Be Appointed a Pe…

Who Can Be Appointed a Personal Representative in a Probate Case?

A personal representative is the person in charge of overseeing and distributing the property owned solely by a deceased person, or decedent, at their death through the probate process. (Property owned jointly with others, or held in a trust, does no… Read More
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What Should I Do if a Tru…

What Should I Do if a Trustee or Personal Representative Isn’t Doing Their Job?

With the death of a loved one, normal routines and patterns can be thrown into disarray. That is why we encourage our clients to create an estate plan: so that in the days following a death, a trusted person can manage the assets of the deceased (dec… Read More
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Categories: Trusts
The Three Documents Your…

The Three Documents Your College-Aged Child Should Sign

For most of your child’s life, you’ve been responsible for managing their healthcare, and any significant assets intended for them. When they wake up on their eighteenth birthday, you still see your beloved child—but the law sees a lega… Read More
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Categories: Other Questions
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What Information Does a Trustee Owe a Beneficiary of a Trust?

From the perspective of the person creating a trust (called the settlor or grantor), a trust may have many advantages: probate avoidance, the ability to exert control over assets left to children and grandchildren, and the security of the knowledge t… Read More
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Categories: Trusts

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