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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… Read More
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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.… Read More
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Reason #2 You Need an Est…

Reason #2 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 Husb… Read More
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A Taste of Diversity

A Taste of Diversity

Last week, our very own Dirk Beamer and Julie Cotant attended the Taste of Diversity dinner hosted by the Oakland County Bar Association. The biannual event was created to help encourage diversity in the legal profession. This year’s gathering… Read More
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Reason #17 You Need An Es…

Reason #17 You Need An Estate Plan

You are not a United States Citizen You probably thought that because you are in the United States, abiding by all of our rules, blissfully married to your U.S. citizen spouse that all of your spouse’s assets will transfer to you seamlessly upon yo… Read More
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Reason #25 You Need an Es…

Reason #25 You Need an Estate Plan

You Mean My Rotten Relatives Will Get My Stuff? I had a couple come into my office to discuss estate planning last week. The husband has six children and twelve grandchildren. He does not have a relationship with three kids and four grandkids. He bel… Read More
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Attention College Student…

Attention College Students!

You may remember our earlier posts about the importance of powers of attorney and patient advocate documents for your children once they turn 18. At age 18, parents can no longer access their child’s medical, school, or financial records and inform… Read More
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You Lied to Me!

You Lied to Me!

Home buyers don’t like when they discover problems with the home they bought, and who can blame them? But, not every problem is the responsibility of the seller. I’ve had two clients recently contacted by buyers looking for money based on alleged… Read More
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Let’s Get Real about Yo…

Let’s Get Real about Your Adult Children

I want to know if your adult children are productive citizens or drains on your bank account. Are they employed or underemployed? Are they shrewd investors or spendthrifts? Are all of your kids similar, or do their financial situations and personalit… Read More
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Goodbye, Dower

Goodbye, Dower

Michigan’s lame duck legislature passed another notable statute that attempts to abolish dower in our state. “Dower” is about as obscure as it sounds, and it has little relevance in today’s society. It’s a legal concept borrowed from Britis… Read More
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