COVID

With 10 million Americans positive for COVID-19, estate planning is a must!

As of right now, 10.2 million American have tested positive for COVID-19, a virus that has also taken the lives of over 200,000 U.S. citizens. When we discussed COVID-19 and estate planning before today, no one knew how important it would still be to explain, in clear and concise detail, why planning your estate — by putting a will, trust, or other documentation in place before your demise — is more important now than ever before in our lifetime.… Read more

medical power of attorney

Medical Power of Attorney Plan: What decisions need to be made and when

When it comes to medical powers of attorney, most people would rather think about something else…anything else. The thought of a loved one not being physically or mentally able to make health-wise decisions is enough to leave anyone overwhelmed. However, we should let this year be a lesson: always have a plan!… Read more

uncertainty

Three things to know about estate planning during uncertainty

Most of us have never been faced with a major pandemic such as COVID-19. It may prompt some of us to think about the kind of life we want to leave for our families, while choosing the best strategies for staying safe from the virus, working from home, and doing all we can to adjust to a new normal.… Read more

It’s time to put a will and a trust in place. Here’s how to do both, correctly.

By now many have read some recent news about Taylor Simone Ledward, wife of Chadwick Boseman, the Black Panther star who suddenly passed away in August due to terminal cancer. According to reports, Ledward filed to become the administer of the Boseman estate, which includes property that is currently listed as “personal property” potentially totaling over $900,000.… Read more

probate

Who has the right to open a probate case?

The question in the title of this article is a bit presumptive.  Considering whether probate is even required in the first place is perhaps a better starting point. Probate refers to the administration of the estate of a decedent (deceased person) by a personal representative (PR) under the jurisdiction of one of Michigan’s county probate courts.… Read more

Simple next steps when your loved one passes without a will

Firstly, if you are reading this article and seeking information because you have recently lost someone, please allow us to say that we recognize your pain, and understand your desire to honor your dearly departed by ensuring that their estate is maintained and distributed in a way that is fair, orderly and legal.… Read more