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Don't Forget Your Pets in Your Estate Plan

Planning for Pets – Don’t Forget Your Pet In Your Estate Plan We Americans love our pets. The ASPCA estimates that we own 78 million dogs and 85 million cats.  Animals are part of our families and we spend a great deal of time and money…

Alcohol Use Disorder in Elder Adults

  Alcohol Use Disorder In Elder Adults By 2030, one-third of the U.S. population will be age 55 or older.  There is no reason why elder adults should not be able to drink responsibly as they age.    However, excessive alcohol abuse, known as Alc…

What Information Should The Personal Representative Give Estate Beneficiaries

What Information Should a Personal Representative Provide to Estate Beneficiaries? Frustrated heirs will often contact me, frustrated at the lack of information they have received in a probate estate.  Unfortunately, estate heirs and devisees don…

What is Undue Influence?

What Is Undue Influence?   Undue influence occurs when an often elderly or person with diminished capacity, is subjected to threats, misrepresentation, undue flattery, fraud or physical or moral coercion.  This overpowers the person’s free a…

Good Will Hunting? What to do if you can't find the will after someone dies

What to do if you can’t find the will after someone dies When a loved one dies, one of the first things you might need to do is look to see if he or she left a will.  However, what do you do if you can’t find the original will? Surprisin…

Do I Need A Will? Five Reasons To Have a Will Done.

Do I need a will? Not sure it’s worth the bother? Here are five great reasons to change your mind and get that will done. 1. A will gives you the ability to distribute your assets the way you want. If you die without a will, the State decides h…

A Simple Guide To Filing For An Adult Guardianship In Michigan

  What is Guardianship? Filing for an adult Guardianship can appear daunting at first.  However, with some simple guideline, the process can be straightforward.  A Guardianship allows a person to make medical and placement decisions for another pe…

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