Guardianship V. Custody

As a paralegal and team member of our intake team, I often get asked what to do if someone has left their minor child with them and the parent has not returned. Or what if the parent gave the grandparents “temporary custody” of the child until they could get back on their feet, and now [...]

National Make-A-Will Month is August!

August is National Make-A-Will Month! Having a will not only ensures that your wishes are carried out after your passing, but it also protects your loved ones from potentially lengthy and expensive court proceedings. Common misconceptions about making a will are you think you’re too young, you think creating one is too expensive, and you [...]

How Much $ Would You Pay for an A+ Estate Plan?

Probate costs can far exceed the cost of personally crafted estate plan. Everyone’s situation is different, and therefore, everyone has a different need for an estate plan. An estate plan is personalized and created custom to fit your needs. You could say that getting a skillfully drafted estate plan is one of the best investments [...]

Married and Living Separately… What’s the Big Deal?

Well it’s not a big deal if you have a will. In Saginaw, Michigan a case arose that will define an aspect of estate law. The case has made it to the Michigan Supreme Court; arguments were heard last month on the matter. James Erwin Sr. and his wife, Maggie Erwin, were married in 1968 [...]

What is a Guardianship?

What is a Guardianship? When a person lacks the understanding or ability to make or communicate informed decisions relating to their care, medical needs, and placement, the individual may need the help of a guardian. A guardian is appointed by the probate court at the request of a concerned person (the petitioner). Common petitioners include [...]

October is “Organize Your Medical Information Month”

Think about this: there are about 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s – only one of many incapacities a person can endure – and only 40 percent of Americans have a medical directive. Living with any illness, disability, or other incapacity is understandably challenging. However, ensuring that you have a patient advocate designation, also called [...]

Conservatorships and Guardianships: Who Can They Help?

When we think about guardianships and conservatorships, we often picture the elderly or minor children. But these protections aren’t just for assisting people at polar ends of the aging spectrum. Conservatorships and guardianships can be a solution for anyone of any age with dependency issues, disabilities, and/or mental illness. Opioid Nation: An American Epidemic Local [...]

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

In America, approximately 27 people die per day as a result of drunk driving. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: A Two-Week Reminder to Save Your Life On Friday, August 18, the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign went into effect across the country. The two-week movement is a reminder to all about [...]

GUARDIANSHIP: WHAT IS IT AND WHEN IS IT NEEDED?

It’s a sad reality that, at some point in all of our lifetimes, a situation may arise in which we are unable able to take care of ourselves or make our own medical decisions.  When this happens, we refer to the person as an incapacitated individual. If an incapacitated individual has a healthcare power of [...]

The DL on POAs

With numerous acronyms in the probate world, it is easy to get confused as to what legal professionals are referencing.  One of those troubling acronyms is POA, which stands for “power of attorney.” Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives another person, who is often called an “agent,” the authority to act on [...]