WHY DO I NEED A WILL?

Who Wants to Talk About Death? Many individuals postpone writing a will for a variety of reasons. First, people understandably associate wills with death, and would prefer to avoid thoughts pertaining to it until necessary. Second, many may view writing a will as expensive, and deem the financial costs as outweighing the benefits of actually [...]

PRENUPS AND PROBATE: WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

With wedding season upon us, it’s easy and fun to get caught up in all of our loved ones’ true love. Wedding after wedding, we watch numerous couples dance down the aisle on their way to forever. Everything seems all wedding cake and butterflies in the moment, but then life happens. From Kim Kardashian’s 72-day [...]

COMMEMORATING ON MEMORIAL DAY

It’s hard to believe this weekend will already be Memorial Day weekend. For some people, an extra day off means barbeques, beers, and sunbathing. But, for many, this will be a long weekend of mourning and commemorating the loved ones that have paid the ultimate price of freedom. Memorial Day: Meaning and More Memorial Day [...]

SPRINGING INTO SELLING SEASON!

Approaching the middle of May means springing into many things – allergies, graduations, and cleaning house. Keeping with the spirit of rejuvenation, many people decide not to keep cleaning the same house but, rather, to move into a completely new home. Maybe an empty-nester couple decides to downsize, a growing family decides to upgrade, or [...]

NOTING OUR NURSES DURING NATIONAL NURSES’ WEEK!

I have had the pleasure of meeting plenty of nurses in my lifetime who, simply by knowing and caring for their patients, win over and over again. In the realm of probate, we work with, support, and witness the healing powers of nurses on a daily basis. Just last week, the nation’s heart broke during [...]

WORLD AUTISM MONTH: WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW

Throughout April, the world has been lighting up blue in recognition of World Autism Month. Universally-recognized landmarks across the globe, such as The White House, the Empire State Building, and Niagara Falls, have lit up blue in support of Autism awareness and the Light It Up Blue campaign. As the fastest-growing developmental disorder in America [...]

MICHIGAN WELCOMES DOMESTIC ASSET PROTECTION TRUSTS (DAPTs)

It’s been just over a month since Michigan became the 17th state to allow Domestic Asset Protection Trusts (DAPTs). Effective March 8, 2017, these irrevocable trusts primarily assist in shielding one’s assets from creditors and estate taxes, with the goal of keeping your wealth with your loved ones. Michigan’s DAPT Criteria While DAPTs sound like [...]

DEATH TO DOWER IN MICHIGAN

The Deal with Dower 171 years ago, the dower law was codified in Michigan. Because women were prohibited from both working and owning property, dower ensured women were provided for in the event of their husband’s passing. In short, if a husband passed away, his wife would be entitled to one-third of the value of [...]

Tax Filings for Fiduciaries: What Are Your Filing Obligations?

Remember the old adage, “There are only two certainties in life: death and taxes”? The bad news is that there is some truth to it. The good news is that we can help you with both. Most people believe the requirement to file taxes dies when you do, but that could not be further from [...]

NATIONAL PROCRASTINATION WEEK: WHAT TRULY CANNOT "WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW"

If you are reading this blog in lieu of doing your work, starting that diet tomorrow instead of today, or watching reruns of the Oscars rather than cleaning, this week is dedicated to you. No, you didn’t read that wrong – it really is National Procrastination Week! As an attorney, I try my best to [...]