Will Your Business Die With You?

As warm summer breezes slowly transform into cool Fall days, we begin dusting off the to-do list we started pre-June. For many, it’s weighted by our every-day business needs: preparing for tax season, annual reports, charitable holiday giving, and rearranging our work schedules to better align with our kids’ new school schedules. While I’m sure [...]

WHAT IS A HEALTHCARE POWER OF ATTORNEY/PATIENT ADVOCATE DESIGNATION?

As mentioned in a previous blog post titled “The DL on POAs,” a Power of Attorney (or “POA” for short) is a legal document that gives another person, who is often called an “agent,” the authority to act on your behalf should you become incapacitated and unable to care for your own affairs.  The two [...]

NATIONAL ESTATE PLANNING MONTH: CELEBRATE YOUR LEGACY

It seems like there is always some sort “national something-or-other” to celebrate. Last week recognized National IPA Day and National Girlfriends Day. Tomorrow is International Cat Day. Later this week is National S’mores Day. While we can’t celebrate every holiday, there are a few significant ones that should make us all stop and think – [...]

WHO IS A TRUSTEE

The common terms in estate planning can be confusing and overwhelming. Terms such as “grantor,” “trustee,” “settlor,” “successor trustee,” “executor,” “personal representative,” and many others are commonly used. So much legal vernacular is enough to make someone’s head spin, especially without any prior knowledge of estate planning. This post will focus on who a trustee [...]

DEBT AFTER DEATH

It is very difficult to live an entirely debt-free life. Purchasing big-ticket items is a way of life (think homes, cars, and luxurious vacations) not to mention the things we need to pay for every month, like utilities, insurance, taxes, and medical bills. We do our best to pay off all of our debts, but [...]

SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS: THE WHAT, WHEN, AND HOW

We are excited to share the information below on Special Needs Planning, which was written courtesy of our guest blogger Paul who is serving as a summer law clerk at our office. What is a Special Needs Trust? My older brother is autistic and will be dependent upon my parents for the remainder of their [...]

WHY WE TRUST TRUSTS

The Why So, why do you need a trust? Well, the answer is like the answer to many legal questions: “It depends!” In order to determine whether you need a trust, you must consider your specific estate planning needs or, in other words, which arrangement provides you the most favorable cost-to-benefit ratio. Recall that a [...]

IN TRUSTS WE TRUST

A Lesson In History The Uniform Trust Code (UTC) was coordinated by legal practitioners across the country to standardize and simplify state trust code in 2000, and was last amended in 2010. Since then, many states have completely or, at least, partially adopted the UTC. Estates and Protected Individuals Code (commonly called EPIC) is Michigan’s [...]

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 [...]