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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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Planning for Flexibility in Your Trust

As any estate planning attorney will tell you, estate planning is important, because the future is uncertain. But it is that very uncertainty that makes estate planning more difficult. In the past, estate planning options, like certain trusts, offere… Read More
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Five Planning Tips For Families With Special Needs

When we hear the term “special needs” we often think of children, but a family may have a young adult or older relative with a physical or mental disability that falls under the umbrella of special needs. Individuals with special needs may qualif… Read More
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Categories: Estates & Trusts

Five Ways to Handle Digital Estate Planning

So much of our lives is online these days, but surprisingly few of us plan for what happens to our online accounts and assets when we are no longer around. Some of your Instagram followers may never notice that you’ve stopped posting vacation pictu… Read More
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