Lady Bird Deed in Michigan: What You Should Know

Lately, there has been a marked increase in demand for Lady Bird Deeds. A Lady Bird Deed is an enhanced life estate in which someone who owns property keeps the property, and control over it, until his or her passing. Once the owner of said property passes away, the property will transfer to the new [...]

Does A Will Avoid Probate?

It’s an often-asked question, but to those of us in probate, it’s an  age-old question. Does a will avoid probate? The answer to this question is no, a will does not clear way. A will is a document that guides you through the probate process. The only way to avoid probate is if there were [...]

Why Having an Estate Plan is so Important

You’ve probably read it by now, seen it on the television screen or heard it on the radio. Kobe Bryant, basketball legend – along with eight other passengers, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna – were killed in a helicopter accident on January 26. Typing those words still don’t feel right. LA Times Columnist Bill Plaschke [...]

When to Use Power of Attorney or Guardianship

An estate plan is a wonderful tool that encompasses various documents of authority such as a power of attorney, a will and more. A power of attorney, also known as a letter of attorney, is a written authorization to represent or act for another person. In order to have a valid power of attorney, two [...]

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 [...]

How to Disinherit Someone

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, dissent between family members just happens. Maybe so much so, that you think about disinheriting your child. If you die without a will, the laws of intestacy will dictate how your assets are distributed. In most States, if there is a surviving spouse then that spouse will take all of your estate [...]

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. [...]

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