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A Timely Reminder

A Timely Reminder

While many of you may be in the midst of sending your children off to college at this time of year, the fact is, whether your child is going to college or not, once they turn 18, they become adults in the eyes of the law and you risk being shut out u… Read More
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The Complications of Cons…

The Complications of Conservatorships

During last month’s hearing, Britney Spears gave an emotional plea to the California Superior Court to finally end her 13-year conservatorship. In recent time, the #FreeBritney conversation has brought light to the issue of conservatorships, and ho… Read More
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Avoiding Roadblocks

Avoiding Roadblocks

It has long been possible in Michigan to transfer a decedent’s vehicles to their closest kin without probate – as long as all the decedent’s vehicles aren’t worth more than $60,000, and the estate is not being probated. The forms to transfer… Read More
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Planning for Crypto

Planning for Crypto

Cryptocurrencies (like Bitcoin) are continuing to become more mainstream as their volatility has made headlines during this past pandemic year. As more people add cryptocurrency to their investment portfolio, it becomes increasingly important for est… Read More
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The Hazards of DIY

The Hazards of DIY

Do-it-yourself estate planning is the gift that keeps on giving. To attorneys, that is. A married client recently came in to see me. He had used one of the online document preparation services to create a revocable living trust for himself. When I re… Read More
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A Man Named Brady

A Man Named Brady

These days, families come in all shapes and sizes. Blended families are even more common now than ever. And without proper planning, it can be easier than you think to unintentionally disinherit your children. We all know the story about Mike and Car… Read More
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Protecting Your Pets with…

Protecting Your Pets with Estate Planning

This is Fred. He is a very good boy who loves walks, cuddles, and bacon. Being a responsible pet owner not only requires giving Fred lots of love (and snacks), but also ensuring that someone will step in if I am no longer able to care for him. Your e… Read More
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Prove It!

Prove It!

Earlier this month, the Michigan Court of Appeals clarified the standard of proof that must be met in determining whether a conservator has breached the fiduciary duty he or she owes to the individual whose assets are being managed under the conserva… Read More
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A Lesson Learned

A Lesson Learned

A friend of mine gave me permission to share her story in the hope that it would be helpful to others. Her brother, a single man, was recently found dead in his Florida apartment. Sadly, no one in his family knows where he banked. They do not know hi… Read More
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It May Be Time for a Chec…

It May Be Time for a Checkup

There’s a lot of buzz lately about federal estate tax. Currently, we can each pass down $11,580,000 to the next generation free of estate tax. This tax exemption increases annually with inflation, but it will be cut by more than half at the end of… Read More
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