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Reason #15 You Need an Es…

Reason #15 You Need an Estate Plan

You’re Having Surgery You have the date. You know the procedure’s risks and rewards. You’re familiar with the pre-op instructions, and you’ve made arrangements to get to and from the procedure. But, do you have your estate plan in place?…
Reason #84 You Need an Es…

Reason #84 You Need an Estate Plan

There’s a National Holiday for It Raise your hand if you have your party hat on for National Estate Planning Awareness Week, which kicked off yesterday! Just me? Not surprising. Yes, National Estate Planning Awareness Week is an actual thing. Adopt…
Reason #32 Why You Need a…

Reason #32 Why You Need an Estate Plan

Your Mom Can’t Manage Money People often come into my office and promptly inform me that while they need a will and power of attorney, they do not need a trust. I always ask them to give me some time to go through their situation and explain ho…
Do This 1 Thing Every Yea…

Do This 1 Thing Every Year to Help Your Family

Helping clients settle deceased loved ones’ estates has exposed me to all sorts of unique problems (and smells and sights) that I could never have anticipated. It is not the unique situations, however, that prompt me to write this post. Rather,…
College Students Heading…

College Students Heading Off to School

When a minor turns 18, parents no longer have authority to access their child’s medical, school or financial records, or make decisions (medical or otherwise) on their behalf if the child is unable to on his or her own. This may cause delays and e…
A World Happiness Summit

A World Happiness Summit

I had the privilege and good fortune to attend the World Happiness Summit (WOHASU) in Miami March 16-18. While that may sound like a hokey, silly purpose for a summit, the content was compelling. Over the past three decades or so, the science of happ…
Practicing Compassion, No…

Practicing Compassion, Not Just Law

Sensational tales of families ripped apart by the legal system get top billing, but this week in the probate court, I had the opportunity to participate in the healing of family strife rather than its exacerbation. My client, a 17-year old, and his m…
Did You Know That Wright…

Did You Know That Wright Beamer...

…Handles Probate Administration? “You mean you could handle that for us? We wouldn’t have to do anything?” I was at the deceased’s home, sitting with my clients at a table surrounded by piles of papers. My clients looked weary and were…
Minimum Wage Increase Com…

Minimum Wage Increase Coming in 2018

While the federal minimum wage of $7.25 has not increased since 2009, states can impose a minimum wage above the federal amount. As we have mentioned before, Michigan has done just that, and on January 1, 2018, the Michigan minimum wage increased $0…
Reason #2 Why You Need an…

Reason #2 Why You Need an Estate Plan

You May Lose Consciousness My client came to me asking for an estate plan because her husband was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She wanted to make sure they had powers of attorney and patient advocate designations in place, anticipating Hus…