May the force be with all of us as we mourn the sudden and tragic loss of Carrie Fisher, better known as Princess Leia.

Among the many humble and human qualities that Carrie Fisher shared with us over the years was her candidness about jumbled family ties. Dig deep enough into anyone’s family tree, and the connections will usually get pretty dense. Carrie Fisher’s genealogy, however, starts out as a forest and is rooted in marriages, divorces, re-marriages, and plenty of children.

If you have not yet been introduced to the complication that is Carrie Fisher’s family tree, I recommend watching Wishful Drinking, her own hysterically raw dissection of how her family came to be the legacy that it is.

While large, complex families, such as Carrie Fisher’s, are gold mines for stories, fun and lots of love, they can also serve as obstacles to peace when a family member passes away. As explained in “Family Trees,” Michigan’s intestacy law governs when a person dies without a Will and dictates which family members receive how much of an inheritance depending on their relationship to the lost loved one.

As you can imagine, this process can spark wildfires of stress and emotion in any family, let alone one with non-traditional ties that string along for miles.

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Whether you have a family tree or a family forest, we can help ensure that all of your belongings fall off the right branches and into the right hands.

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