We Help Michigan Families Plan A Comfortable Future

Estate planning is important to not only prepare for the inevitable future of aging, but also to have a plan in place in the event of an emergency. An estate planning attorney specializes in establishing a plan that’s suitable to your needs and handling any legal issues that may arise including:

  • Planning a comfortable future for yourself or loved ones
  • Avoiding hassles in probate court
  • Drafting a will to express your last wishes
  • Legal issues involving wills or trusts
  • Legal aspects involved with personal represenatives
  • Setting up a trust to manage assets
  • Trust administration
  • Trusts for people with special needs
  • Legal guardianship over adults & minors
  • Power of attorney for healthcare & finances

Our law firm has years of experience helping individuals and families navigate issues related to estate planning in Michigan. Regardless of the complexity of your situation, Sean J Nichols, PLLC is dedicated to making this process as straightforward and efficient as possible while covering individual needs.

If you or a loved one need help with estate planning, call our offices today.

Why Hire Us?

Our law firm is dedicated to helping families across Michigan plan a comfortable future. We are dedicated to client success and pride ourselves on making estate planning as simple, straight forward, and affordable for our clients as possible. We do not push unnecessary or overly complex plans on our clients.

On the other hand, for issues that do require more complex planning such as large estates, family members with special needs, or issues involving legal disputes or litigation, our law firm has the knowledge and experience to effectively handle these cases as well.

Top Rated Estate Planning Attorney

Attorney Sean Nichols has dedicated his legal practice to helping senior citizens and families with legal issues involving aging. Throughout this time, he’s achieved a perfect 5 star consumer rating among clients. This includes multiple attorney review sites over the course of several years.

How We Can Help

A good estate planning attorney understands that an estate plan is unique to each individual’s situation. Some plans are fairly straightforward such as drafting a will while others dictate more comprehensive planning (i.e. special needs trusts, tax planning, issues with inheritance, etc).

At Sean J Nichols, PLLC we specialize in many aspects of estate planning. These aspects include, but are not limited to the following:

Client Reviews & Testimonials

I have been so satisfied with Sean’s service.  Very thorough and makes you feel so comfortable.  I would recommend him to anybody.

J. Stewart

Sean helped me set up an estate plan for myself, my business, and my family. He’s a very knowledgeable attorney who makes things simple and straight forward to clients.

I would absolutely recommend Sean Nichols for anyone looking for help with elder law, estate planning, or probate matters.

K. Kohlert

Sean is a very talented elder law attorney who cares about his clients. His knowledge of the law and dedication to his craft is exceptional.

A. Montville

I thought my sister’s estate would take years but Sean took care of my sister’s estate very well and quickly. And he has written my trust and will and done a very good job. Everyone is very happy with him.

M. English

Wills and Trusts

There are many benefits in establishing a will or trust. These benefits include: avoiding issues in probate court, ensuring your final wishes are legally documented, and much more. An experienced estate planning attorney can help set up a trust or draft a will that’s aligned with someone’s final wishes and is unique to their individual situation.

Here’s a brief overview on the difference between a will and trust and how each document can assist you in planning your future.

Open estate planning textbook on a table with the page titled willsWills – Drafting a will is an essential component that dictates what happens to someone’s property after they pass away. These documents help in minimizing or avoiding probate in Michigan. The most common type of will is known as the Last Will and Testament; this takes effect immediately after someone passes away. There are several other types of wills as well as other legal matters pertaining to this document that our law firm handles.

Trusts – In contrast from a will, trusts takes effect as soon as they’re created. There are many aspects involved with trusts; however, the main purpose is generally to provide funding to a loved one throughout the course of their life, hence the name “trust fund.” the law firm of Sean J Nichols, PLLC provides comprehensive legal guidance to trustees as well as beneficiaries named within the document.

Michigan Estate & Inheritance Taxes

Although Michigan technically does not collect estate or inheritance taxes, there are cases where individuals may be required to pay certain taxes after receiving assets.

For instance, very large estates may have a federal estate tax associated with them. In other cases, someone may receive a tax bill from another state if the deceased individual legally resides outside of Michigan.

Sean J Nichols provides comprehensive legal guidance on issues involving estate taxation.

Guardianship and Conservatorship

Our law firm is experienced in legal issues involving adult or child guardianship as well as conservatorship. Here’s a brief overview of the two separate entities:

Guardianship – Simply put, when someone is appointed as a legal guardian over another individual, this means they are in charge of making decisions on their behalf. Guardianship is not always straightforward. guardianship over minors or individuals with special needs involving government benefits have specific legal requirements.

Conservatorships – Similar to guardianship, conservatorship involves appointing a responsible individual to care for another person. Conservatorships are most commonly appointed in cases where someone is mentally ill, suicidal, incapacitated, and other urgent circumstances. It may be necessary to establish a conservatorship over an elder’s estate when proper estate planning documents have not been established.

Common Estate Planning Questions

There are many misunderstood concepts surrounding estate planning. For example, many believe that estate planning is only relevant for extremely wealthy or elderly individuals. Simply put, this is not true. Estate planning involves setting up a plan that details someone’s personal wishes should they pass away or lose the ability to make decisions.

An estate plan includes more than wills and trusts, it also relies on careful and professional advice that is personalized to your condition. Estate planning is one of the most important steps a person can take to make sure that their final property and health care wishes are honored.

Although you technically do not “need” an attorney to set up a will or trust, you also do not “need” a surgeon to perform a minor surgery. With that said, using a licensed professional to handle important issues such as these will give someone the peace of mind knowing there won’t be issues or complications down the road.

For example, if an estate plan is improperly set up, your will or trust can be disputed in court or the court may declare your property intestate. In other words, your family may not receive assets and inheritance and it will cost significant legal fees to fix issues caused by the improperly set up estate plan.

All of this can be avoided by using an experienced lawyer to craft your estate plan. Proper estate planning is unique to each individual’s situation. Often times, this involves providing care for minors, children, elderly relatives/parents, and more. Having a solid estate plan in place and keeping it updated is very important.

When someone passes without an estate plan or with a poorly crafted one, the court may declare their estate “intestate.”

Essentially, this means that the court now has complete control over the property of the deceased. Once property is declared “intestate,” the process of obtaining it can be extremely time-consuming and expensive. This involves a lengthy court process to determine details of asset division and inheritance.

Estate Planning Attorney In Plymouth, MI

The law offices of Sean J Nichols, PLLC is located in Plymouth, MI. We work with clients in Livonia, Romulus, Garden City, Northville, Canton, and many other cities within Southeast Michigan. Our role is to use our knowledge, expertise and experience to craft the right plan for you.

If you or someone you know needs help with an estate plan, talk to an experienced Michigan estate planning attorney today. (734) 219-9798