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2022 Tax Year Inflation Adjustments

Inflation has been in the news lately, with impacts on everything from the price of a gallon of milk to the price of a gallon of gas. But consumer goods aren’t the only things affected by inflation: your tax rate is, too. It’s a good idea to unde… Read More
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2021 Year-End Tax Planning Checklist

If you could travel through time, it probably wouldn’t be to visit your future self next April as you do your taxes. But next April, you might wish for the ability to travel back in time to 2021 and take some actions to make that tax preparation ea… Read More
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Guardianship Changes Announced by Michigan Supreme Court

The issue of adult guardianship caught the attention of many Americans this year amidst the drama over Britney Spears’s 13-year guardianship and the singer’s effort to take control over her life and decisions back from her father. Few guardianshi… Read More
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Does My Property Qualify for Homestead Protection?

From time to time, a client will call our law office asking about homestead protection, and whether they and their home are eligible. What is homestead protection, and why might it matter to you? The short answer is that homestead protection could pu… Read More
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An “Unfunded” Living Trust Isn’t Worth the Paper It’s Written On

You probably wouldn’t buy a car that didn’t have an engine or build a kitchen that didn’t have a stove in it. In fact, people might think there was something wrong with you if you did. Cars and kitchens have functions: to transport people and p… Read More
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Categories: Probate Litigation

Five Tips for Resolving a Probate Dispute with Siblings

When you hear the term “sibling rivalry,” you probably picture kids squabbling over who got the bigger piece of pie or jockeying for a favored seat in the car on a road trip. Those fights may irritate parents, but they are momentary and usually e… Read More
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Proving Fraudulent Misrepresentation in Probate Court

The great majority of the time, individuals involved in the probate process behave diligently and honorably, and any mistakes are innocent and readily resolved. Unfortunately, from time to time, people behave dishonorably with the intention of enrich… Read More
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Undue Influence Among Elders

Often, when a dispute arises over a deceased person’s estate, someone disappointed in their share will accuse someone who received more of having exerted “undue influence” over the deceased. What is undue influence, and how do you prove that so… Read More
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Update: Proposed Changes to Estate Tax Laws

Benjamin Franklin famously said, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.” The saying is true as far as it goes. But where death and taxes meet, change seems to happen with every administration, and not always for… Read More
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Understanding Informal Probate in Michigan

People often refer to an estate having to “go through probate” as if probate were a single, standardized process. In fact, there is more than one type of probate. In Michigan, there is formal and informal probate. The formal probate process is ov… Read More
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Categories: Probate Litigation
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