Ducks in a Row

Ducks in a Row

How does a trust avoid probate? It’s in the details. In my experience, the primary reason most people set up trusts is to avoid probate. So, how does that work? Does the mere fact of having signed a trust cut out the probate court? Not quite. I… Read More
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A Broad Reach

A Broad Reach

We’ve been posting, along with many others, about the new federal Corporate Transparency Act. (Read our overview here.) The Act requires most small and medium-sized companies (“Reporting Companies”) to disclose to the U.S. Treasury Department i… Read More
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Love and the Law

Love and the Law

Why is estate planning vital for unmarried couples? You may think that you don’t need to worry about estate planning until after you are married, but estate planning for unmarried couples is just as important as it is for their married counterparts… Read More
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Make Your Intentions Clea…

Make Your Intentions Clear

A recent Michigan Court of Appeals decision has served as a reminder that when it comes to interpreting a trust, clear language regarding your intentions can go a long way in resolving potential disputes and making sure your wishes are fulfilled. In… Read More
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Woman at desk making notes about changes to her estate plan

Time and Tide...

As poet Geoffrey Chaucer attested centuries ago, “Time and tide wait for no man.” For the second time in as many years, survivors have turned to me for help when a loved one died unexpectedly, leaving behind wills or trusts that no longer reflect… Read More
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Curve Ahead (Maybe)

Curve Ahead (Maybe)

The Michigan Secretary of State (“SOS”) has thrown us a curve. For as long as I can remember, it was possible to title a motor vehicle in the name of a trust. This was routinely done when a vehicle owner’s estate was being probated after death.… Read More
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Which Type of Trust Is Ri…

Which Type of Trust Is Right for Your Estate Plan?

When done right, an estate plan can help make certain that a person’s assets will be easily passed on to the correct people after death. Not planning properly may cause family conflict, higher tax burdens, and the excessive time and costs of pr… 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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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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