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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?…
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…
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…
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…
School Days Are Near Agai…

School Days Are Near Again

A timely reminder from Wright Beamer…  As surely as the warm weather brings vacations, barbecues and fireworks, it also brings inquiries from parents preparing to send their children off to college in the fall. Most commonly, our clients call abo…
Caring for Elderly Parent…

Caring for Elderly Parents: Are You Ready?

A recent telephone call from my client went something like this: Julie, my mom kicked me out of her house again. She was screaming at me for over an hour, she was calling me names, and threatening to “kick my *&$.” She is not taking her medic…
Powers of Attorney:An Imp…

Powers of Attorney:An Important Addition to Your Pre-College Checklist

As surely as the warm weather brings vacations, barbecues and fireworks, it also brings inquiries from parents preparing to send their children off to college in the fall. Most commonly, our clients call about getting general and health care powers…
Wright Beamer Founder Tea…

Wright Beamer Founder Teaches Estate Planning to Lawyers

William M. Wright – founder and of counsel attorney with Wright Beamer, PLC – recently taught a seminar at the Probate and Estate Planning Institute’s sessions in Traverse City and Plymouth.  The Institute, which is sponsored by the Institute…
A New Burden for Agents U…

A New Burden for Agents Under Powers of Attorney

In an effort to prevent potential abuse of elders and other vulnerable adults, the Michigan legislature recently added a new provision to the law governing durable powers of attorney.  Powers of attorney, in a nutshell, are documents whereby we desi…
Tell Me Again Why I’ve…

Tell Me Again Why I’ve Been Disinherited?

It’s long been the law in Michigan that someone who “feloniously and intentionally” kills another cannot inherit from the person he or she killed.  On October 1, 2012, this law will be expanded to also prevent people convicted of abuse, neglec…