estate planning

Why You Need to Talk to Mom and Dad About Estate Planning

During the holiday season, there are many events that we look forward to- trimming the tree, cooking with our family, and enjoying time with our loved ones over the exchanging of gifts. One exchange that your family could be avoiding, however, is the conversation that is most important: what will occur when one, or both, of your parents pass away.… Read more

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Care, Custody and Cash for Children After Death: How?

Most of the time when we think of our estate plans, we think only of what will happen to our assets when we are old and gray? However, have you ever considered what would happen if you and/or your spouse were not here tomorrow?Read more

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4 Great Reasons For A Trust Plus Your 529 College Savings Plan

Congratulations on planning ahead for your child’s educational future! A 529 college savings plan is a great idea for many families. Now that you have established the 529 plan, you may be wondering if you should still talk to an attorney about creating a trust to handle any assets you leave behind?… Read more

Want Heirs To Access Your Digital Assets? Michigan Says "Ok!"

Want Heirs To Access Your Digital Assets? Michigan Says “Ok!”

I’m sure that you have considered this before: “Who takes over someone’s Facebook account once their gone?” Or, “How can I make sure my kids can access my Instagram photos if I leave?” Let’s face it, in today’s day and time social media usage has become commonplace in our culture.… Read more

Who Gets Mom’s Jewelry and Dad’s Tools?

Who Gets Mom’s Jewelry and Dad’s Tools?

During my time as an estate planning attorney I have had the privilege of working with individuals and couples that were very interested in preventing family drama and settling anticipated disputes among their children and other family members. These individuals knew their children well.… Read more

Guess Who Can Get Into Your Safe?

Guess Who Can Get Into Your Safe?

Earlier this year I conducted research involving safes that can be kept at home to provide safety and quick access to important documents, and other material. I saw information that discussed the importance of a fireproof safe (according to a report issued by the National Fire Protection Association, in 2013 there were 1,240,000 fires reported in the United States for a total of $11.5 billion in property damage).… Read more