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Is a Holographic Will Valid in Michigan?

It’s not hard to make a valid will. In Michigan, all a will needs in order to be valid under the law is to be in writing; signed by the person making it (or by someone else at that person’s conscious direction); and signed by two witnesses to eit… Read More
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Categories: Estate planning
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Estate Planning for Minor Children

For many people, the motivation for creating an estate plan is the birth of a child. Becoming a parent and becoming responsible for another life tends to focus your attention on planning for the future! The hope, of course, is that you will be around… Read More
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Categories: Estate planning
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What to Do If You Can’t Find the Will After Someone Dies

The days and weeks after a loved one’s death are difficult, as you deal with your grief and begin adjusting to life without your family member. Unfortunately, the mourning period often involves the need to probate your loved one’s estate. Probate… Read More
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What Does It Mean to Fund a Trust?

Trusts have become increasingly popular as an estate planning tool in recent years. Trusts aren’t just for the wealthy. They are useful for anyone who does not want their assets to have to go through probate at their death. A trust is a legal relat… Read More
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Do I Need a Death Certificate to Open an Estate in Michigan?

In the moments after a family member’s death, the need to open an estate for them is probably not the first thing on your mind. But in the days and weeks that follow, you will come to realize that you need to take steps to settle their estate—pay… Read More
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Difference Between Full and Limited Guardianship

When a person lacks the legal capacity to make decisions on their own behalf, they need someone who can make those decisions for them. Being under the age of 18 is such a legal incapacity. For most children, the decision maker is a parent. But if the… Read More
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Categories: Guardianships
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Don't Forget Your Pets in Your Estate Plan!

Legally, pets are considered property. But anyone who actually has a pet understands that they are much more than that—pets are members of the family. You create an estate plan to protect the human members of your family. But have you considered es… Read More
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A Simple Guide To Filing For An Adult Guardianship In Michigan

What is Adult 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 per… Read More
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Do I need a will?

Do I Need A Will?

More than half of American adults don’t have a last will and testament or any type of estate plan. Many of them have been meaning to get around to estate planning, but have put it off for one reason or another. But many others simply don’t see th… Read More
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Senior Woman - Emergency guardianship concept

When is Getting Emergency Guardianship Appropriate?

As adults, we are accustomed to making our own decisions and managing our own affairs, both personal and financial. Unfortunately, sometimes adults become unable to take care of their own needs, and someone else needs to step in to assist them, for t… Read More
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Categories: Guardianships