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What You Can't Do With A Will

While a will is one of the most important estate planning documents you can have, there are things that it won’t cover. A will is just one part of a comprehensive estate plan. A will is a legally-binding statement directing who will receive your pr… Read More
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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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Where Should You File Your Michigan Probate Matter? A Guide To Proper Venue

Where should you file your probate matter in Michigan? This hand guide will walk you though the rules to file in the right county. Read More
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Parental Rights and Responsibilities: Knowing Your Rights and How to Best Provide for Your Child

Whether you’re planning on becoming a first-time parent or you have half a dozen children, it’s important to know what your parental rights and responsibilities are. Historically, parental rights go hand-in-hand with parental responsibilities. Pa… Read More
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Elder Undue Influence - A Checklist Of Red Flags

A check list of red flags for potential undue influence and exploitation of elder adults Read More
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How To Choose The Right Nursing Home In Michigan?

Choosing The Right Nursing Home In Michigan 47.8 million people, or 13% of the U.S. population are now over the age of 65. About 1.5 million of those people currently reside in nursing homes. A nursing home is a residential facility that provides ski… Read More
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Do I Need A Trust In Michigan?

One of the most common questions I am asked by a new client in an initial estate interview is “Do I need a trust?” The following are circumstances where a trust might be necessary or helpful to your asset planning: Tax Planning A trust ma… Read More
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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 to… Read More
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Alcohol Use Disorder in Elder Adults

Alcohol Abuse in Elders 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 Alcohol Abuse Disorder (AUD… Read More
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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 don̵… Read More
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