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Estate Planning During The Health Crisis

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a significant impact on people throughout the world. This health crisis has changed people’s day-to-day life and many are uncertain as to what the future holds. If you’re reading this, we wish you and your family health and safety throughout the remainder of this crisis and beyond. On a personal note, our law firm has been adapting to these new changes through the use of modern technology. We’ve been working remotely to accommodate client needs. Also, more than ever, we’re getting calls from a significant number of young people and [...]

Who Can Override a Power of Attorney

Who Can Override A Power of Attorney? A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document between two or more people. One person (the “principal”) grants another person or persons (the “attorney in fact” or “agent”) the authority to act on the principal’s behalf. This article focuses on legal aspects surrounding A power of attorney including who can override a power of attorney in the event of a disagreement. Reasons to Override A Power of Attorney A principal who is of sound mind may decide to change their agent designation at any time. [...]

Michigan Probate Court Forms

Michigan Probate Court Forms Probate is used to determine who will receive property and inheritance of a deceased individual. This court-supervised process varies for each state. In Michigan, probate is required for most estates with only a few exceptions. When going through this process, there are several important Michigan probate court forms. When someone dies in Michigan, probate is supervised in the local circuit court in the county where the individual lives during the time of death. This page gives information along with PDF examples of Michigan probate forms. Many of these examples are taken [...]

March 13th, 2020|Probate|

Life Estate

What Is a Life Estate? A Life Estate involves property ownership. In Michigan, an Enhanced Life Estate Deed, or Lady Bird Deed is also a popular option. Michigan also has a Quit Claim Deed for passing on property and defining property interests. Each of these documents helps heirs avoid Probate Court. Of course, each situation is unique and contacting an experienced attorney who specializes in estate planning is highly recommended. Sound legal advice helps you decide which one of these documents works best for your family. What is the Purpose of a Life [...]

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 [...]

February 19th, 2020|Estate Planning|

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 [...]

February 4th, 2020|Probate|

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 [...]

January 7th, 2020|Probate|

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|Probate|

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 [...]

November 9th, 2019|Estate Planning|

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|Elder Law|
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