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

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When should you purchase life insurance?

Many people aren’t really in the market for a new car, a new home, or a swanky getaway to Greece right now. However, when the interest is strong enough, we often turn what we want into a reality. Even when the times do not seem like they’re on our side, we consider our options and we tend to make things we want happen.… Read more

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What All Millennials Need To Know About Estate Planning

It might not be immediately clear to many young people why they need to plan their estates, but they should.

It does not take a sociology PhD to realize that younger generations are leading considerably different lives from those of their forebears.Read more

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SECURE Act: It’s time to review your stretch IRAs and Retirement Benefit Trusts

January oftentimes brings something new and perhaps unexpected to you and someone you may know. From a new gym membership to a new start with an employer, there’s always “something new” with each new year.  As expected, the first month of 2020 already promises to bring changes.… Read more

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When your child turns 18, have him or her do this!

Turning eighteen in the United States usually equates to being “grown’ish”. Oftentimes, 18 means your child is leaving the nest for the first time — and hopefully for the last time, right? This includes going to college, joining the military or moving to a major city in order to make their dreams a reality.… Read more