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Estate Planning

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Using GRATs and SLATs for High-Net-Worth Individuals’ Estate Planning

If your family’s assets are worth enough to raise concerns about estate taxes (currently $11.7 million for an individual or $23.4 million for a married couple), GRATs (Grantor Retained Annuity Trust) and SLATs (Spousal Lifetime Access Trust) are tw… Read More
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Lessons from Covid: Importance of Estate Planning in Place for the Unexpected

If there’s one thing the COVID-19 pandemic has shown, it is that we are all at risk of an unexpected illness or untimely death. If there’s one legal lesson to learn from this tragedy, it is the importance of estate planning, even for relatively y… Read More
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Updating Your Financial Power of Attorney Post-COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we do a lot of things. It has brought special attention to the need to update your estate plan to give clear direction for your health and hospital care if you get sick. But what about your finances? Michigan… Read More
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The Importance of Elder Law Estate Planning

Seniors are living longer, healthier, and happier lives than ever before. Sunset careers and active retirements are becoming the norm. However, whether you are 40 or 80, it is never too early to start thinking about your elder law estate planning. In… Read More
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Estate Planning for Surrogacy in Michigan

The laws related to surrogacy in Michigan are restrictive and confusing, but families across the state are still working with volunteer surrogates to overcome reproductive difficulties or as gay couples looking to start a family. If you are acting as… Read More
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How Does the SECURE Act Affect Retirement Assets?

It’s been just over a year since Congress passed the SECURE Act. The law is designed to make it easier for individuals to save for their retirement. However, it also includes changes that affect retirement assets already in place, and those inherit… Read More
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Michigan Estate Planning Documents

  It is never too early to start creating your estate plan. Life is uncertain, and you never know when you or your loved ones may be faced with tough choices about your care, well-being, healthcare treatment, or distribution of your assets. Her… Read More
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Estate Planning for Minor Beneficiaries

In this time of COVID-19, I have had a lot of questions from parents about whether there are any special considerations they should have when planning for the unthinkable: their own incapacity or death while their children are still minors. The answe… Read More
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Divorce Planning: Updating Your Estate Plan

Getting a divorce is the start of a new chapter for your life. But if you don’t update your estate plan, you may be failing to protect your assets from your divorced spouse. Find out how your divorce affects the different parts of your estate plan,… Read More
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STAYING PREPARED FROM A LEGAL STANDPOINT DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

While the most significant suggestion is to have a plan for your health and safety, you should also consider having a plan for what happens if you are admitted to a hospital, confined to a home or nursing home, under quarantine, or can no longer cond… Read More
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