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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

How to Avoid Probate in Michigan

Probate is the court-supervised process of settling a deceased person’s estate: making sure all assets are located, all legitimate debts are paid, and the remaining property transferred to the people the deceased intended to have it. Depending on t… Read More
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Categories: Probate Litigation

Not All Probate is Created Equal

In general, when someone in Michigan dies owning property in their sole name (rather than jointly with someone else, or in a trust), that property must go through probate. Although the probate process is not as burdensome as many people believe, it c… Read More
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Could Your Children Lose Their Inheritance in a Divorce?

If you have adult children, there’s a good chance that they are either married, or that they will be. Watching our kids grow up, find love, and start families of their own is one of the great joys in life. As a parent, you probably anticipate that… Read More
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Five Ways Small Business Owners Can Lower Taxes

Most people who become small business owners do so because they have a great idea, service, or product that they want to share. If you are a small business owner, you probably know a lot about the subject matter of your business, whether that’s… Read More
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