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Where There’s a “Will…

Where There’s a “Will,” There’s a Way

In Michigan, any document that says who gets what after one’s death and that meets specific requirements constitutes a valid will.  There are exceptions to this general rule, however, allowing certain less formal documents to also qualify as wills…
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,…
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…
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…