What is Probate? A Look at Assets and Estates

Probate isn’t a commonly known field of law, but you would be remiss in protecting yourself if you didn’t know what probate is. So, what is it? Probate is a broad field of law that includes important legal hearings and procedures such as deceased estates, guardianships, conservatorships, trusts and more. For any regular Joe Six-Pack, [...]

2020-10-23T12:08:17-04:00Friday, October 23, 2020|Assets, estate plan, Estate Planning, Probate|0 Comments

Everything you need to know about a Will

The Will In the state of Michigan, a valid will must comply with MCL 700.2502. It must exist in writing. On top of this, it is recommended to create a written will with the assistance of a competent estate planning lawyer. Another requirement under Michigan law is that the will must be signed by the [...]

2020-07-22T11:18:45-04:00Wednesday, July 22, 2020|estate plan, Estate Planning, Will|0 Comments

Three Common Questions About a Pet Trust

Many families around the world have a canine, feline or other type of animal companion that’s in their lives. While there’s no biological relation, they’re often treated like family. When it comes to family, you always want to leave them protected. Through a comprehensive estate plan, you can protect your family and assure your assets [...]

2020-06-15T12:10:59-04:00Friday, March 6, 2020|Assets, estate plan, Estate Planning, Trust|0 Comments

Why Building an Estate Plan Now is the Best Time

We always talk about what an estate plan is and what needs to be in an estate plan. More importantly, we have explained time after time why it’s so important to have an estate plan in place. So once again, let’s go over why it’s so important to have one and why building that plan [...]

2020-06-15T12:13:13-04:00Friday, January 10, 2020|Assets, estate law, estate plan, Estate Planning|0 Comments

Jeffrey Epstein’s Will and the Lessons Learned

Earlier this year, financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead inside his jail cell in New York City.  Interestingly, two days prior to his death, he wrote an estate plan and will. As estate planning attorneys, we’ve been asked if putting an estate plan together right before death is a common thing that happens. The answer [...]

2019-12-03T11:11:21-05:00Tuesday, December 3, 2019|estate plan, Estate Planning, Will|0 Comments

This Just In: You Already Have An Estate Plan!

What is an Estate and an Estate Plan? When people hear the word “estate,” some may think of movie-like mansions, sprawled across the mountains with swimming pools and acres of land. However, an estate refers to any assets that you have. This means anything that belongs to you. An estate plan contains a variety of [...]

How to find a Will

On occasion, we tend to forget where we've placed things. It could be losing track of where you placed the car keys inside the house, or your wallet. Believe it or not, a will can also be misplaced, despite the importance of the document. It may not be the result of forgetting where it was. [...]

2019-10-15T09:40:30-04:00Tuesday, October 15, 2019|estate plan, Estate Planning, Will|0 Comments

Funeral, Burial Expenses and the Estate

Funeral and burial expenses are things you just don't like to think about. If not the expenses, then at the very least, you don't like it because you're saying goodbye to someone you've loved or cared for greatly in your lifetime. If those don't even move the needle, then think about this: the decedent's estate [...]

Reading of the Will: Is it Real or Not?

Reading of the will, a moment in probate that is over dramatized. We see it often in the theater or on television where there's this big, revealing scene. The beneficiary walks into a swanky office of a high profile lawyer. Joining you are other beneficiaries who are also scheduled to learn of what they've inherited. [...]

2019-09-24T07:47:52-04:00Tuesday, September 24, 2019|estate plan, Estate Planning, Will|0 Comments

Living Will for College-Bound Children?

It's around this time of the year when we receive phone calls from parents. Generally, it's usually the children who come to us and talk about estate planning for their parent(s).This time however, it's the parents who are coming to us to inquire about estate planning for their children. Why? Because their children are leaving [...]

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