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Lady Bird Deed

Lady Bird Deed Michigan A Michigan ladybird deed is a type of Quit Claim Deed commonly used in Michigan. This estate planning instrument allows a property owner to maintain control over their property while alive and transfer it to heirs upon their death. A ladybird deed falls under the Michigan Land Title Standards (6th) 9.3 which governs this method of property transfer. An experienced estate planning attorney can advise you if this type of deed is appropriate for your needs. Advantages of Lady Bird Deeds Numerous reasons exist to include a ladybird deed as part [...]

Personal Representative

The Purpose of a Personal Representative in Probate A personal representative is an individual approved by the court to settle an estate. This person may also be referred to as an executor/executrix or an administrator. This individual is in charge of overseeing the distribution of assets in probate court. They're also in charge of settling all aspects of an estate after someone passes away. If a decedent left a will, the personal representative should be named in that legal document. When a person passes away without a will, then the Probate Court names the personal [...]

Intestate Succession

Michigan Intestate Succession Intestate succession occurs when a person dies without a written, legal document detailing how to distribute their property and assets. If a decedent passes away without a will or trust in place the estate usually goes through Probate Court. This process is both lengthy and expensive so it’s important to obtain legal council when a family member passes away without an estate plan. Each state has their own individual process to determine who inherits assets. This page focuses on intestate succession in the State of Michigan. Michigan's Laws on Dying [...]

Michigan Probate Laws

Michigan Probate Rules & Processes Probate is a legal process used for the administration of someone's assets after death. The process for probate varies depending on which state the individual resides in at the time of death. This article will focus on Michigan probate laws. Please note, that the information found within this article can serve as a useful guide; however, it should not be considered a substitute for professional legal advice. If you have legal issues related to probate in Michigan, you should contact an attorney that specializes in this area. Table of Contents [...]

December 17th, 2019|Michigan Probate Law|

Estate Planning Trusts

Guide to Estate Planning Trusts in Michigan According to survey results, most Americans believe that estate planning is important, but only 57% of people have a will. Trusts and estate planning are highly important responsibilities to take care of. If left unattended, an intestate death can result in unmanageable costs for family members as well as time-consuming legal complications. Nobody wants to leave their affairs in a mess, or cause their loved ones to be left in the middle of a legal battle. Fortunately, estate planning does not need to be difficult. Read on to [...]

Elder Care Attorney

Elder Care 101: A Guide to Elder Law - Finding the Right Elder Care Attorney According to research, 15% of parents in the US are also caring for an elderly adult. With the population of seniors at 47 million (and on its way to doubling), many people are either facing the incapacitating effects of old age or are responsible for caring for a senior person. In many of these cases, the services of an elder care attorney might be needed. These types of attorneys specialize in what is known as elder law. Understanding elder law and the areas [...]

November 6th, 2019|Michigan Elder Law|

Macomb County Probate Court

Macomb County Probate Court - What You Need To Know When a loved one dies, the process of facilitating their assets to family members can be straightforward or it can end in lots of litigation and claims. If the situation ends up going to probate, you need to understand the laws in your state and which court you need to visit to handle all these matters. You need to learn more about the Macomb County probate court so you can figure out what obligations you must fulfill and the processes you need to follow. To [...]

Probate Without A Will

No Will? There's Still a Way: A Guide to Michigan's Probate Laws According to survey results, over half of the adult US population does not have a will. Statistically, we are more likely to start drafting wills as we get older. However, in some cases, this does not happen, which can lead to a person passing away without a legal will. This is also termed dying intestate. If this has happened to a family member of yours, do not panic. Fortunately, there are provisions for you to carry out probate without a will. Read on to find [...]

Probate a Will

What it Takes to Probate a Will in Michigan This article discusses the process involved to probate a will, and covers other useful information regarding probate in the State of Michigan. When Someone Dies Without a Will When a person passes away without a will or trust their assets are declared intestate. This means that the state probate courts are in charge of administering the estate. This court-supervised legal process assigns a family member to gather the decedent’s assets, pay debts and taxes, and finally distribute assets to people who inherit them. Of [...]

September 27th, 2019|Michigan Probate Law|

Livonia Senior Citizen Resources

Resources for Senior Citizens in Livonia, MI As an experienced elder law, estate planning, and probate law firm, we regularly interact with many senior citizens and their families. These interactions provide us with unique insights on legal requirements and needs associated with the elderly population. We’ve prepared this page to provide information on various local resources for senior citizens located in the City of Livonia, MI. Continue reading to learn more. List of Free Elder Resources Below is a list of free senior citizen resources offered by the City of Livonia and certain [...]

September 16th, 2019|Michigan Elder Law|
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