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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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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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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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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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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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How 2021 Estate Tax Legis…

How 2021 Estate Tax Legislation in Congress May Impact Your Estate Plan

Since the moment President Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 election, attorneys, tax planners, and financial professionals have speculated about how the new administration might change the tax landscape, particularly with regard to estate ta… Read More
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Proposed Guardianship Reforms in Michigan

Legal guardianship is not an issue most people think about unless it is splashed across websites and tabloid television, as in the Britney Spears guardianship saga. But the reality is that guardianship abuse is widespread, even though it rarely gets… Read More
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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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Responding to Elder Abuse in Michigan

Learning that an older family member is being mistreated is a gut-wrenching experience. At first, as with many other types of abuse, you may not want to believe it, especially if the abuser was someone who was supposed to be caring for and protecting… Read More
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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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