Undue Influence and Capacity in Michigan

In Michigan, can a person under Guardianship or Conservatorship execute an Estate Plan? Quite simply, there is no statutory bar for a person under guardianship or conservatorship to execute an estate plan. Warning bells may be ringing but it can be permissible under certain circumstances. Let’s examine this question reviewing two of the theories that [...]

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 [...]

How To Probate A Will

Upon death, a will provides the instructions to the probate court and to the family as to who the individual wants to nominate as their personal representative, and how they would like their estate to be distributed. So, how does one actually probate a will? First, the probate court provides supervision over all matters in [...]

Plan Your Estate Like You Would A Vacation

Having an estate plan is so important because anything can happen, but exactly how do you go about preparing an estate plan? Well, it's not all that different than getting ready for a vacation. When you’re planning for a vacation, you  make sure you have all your essentials packed. Your clothes, your toiletries, your electronics [...]

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. [...]

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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