Estate Planning

Estate Planning

Planning the distribution of assets to stepchildren

An estate plan involves the use of legal instruments such as wills and trusts to distribute the assets of an estate. Many families are blended from more than one biological family, so estate planning often involves stepchildren. Readers in Oakland and Mccomb counties will want to learn more about planning

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Many include charitable donations in estate plans

There are many Michigan residents who have favorite charities. Maybe it is a charity that provides support and research to patients battling certain illnesses, like cancer or heart disease. Or, maybe it is a religious congregation that one feels particularly connected to. According to Charity Navigator, charitable bequests — meaning

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Lincoln’s unwise decision

An estate plan provides guidance to families going through a difficult time. Sometimes, serious illnesses or injuries can occur without warning, leaving once-healthy people unable to state their final wishes. An effective estate plan will save grieving loved ones the added stress of figuring out the wishes of the deceased,

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Fidelity study identifies estate-planning issues

Estate planning requires the use of legal instruments, such as wills and trusts, to implement an individual’s wishes after they die. It’s a very important consideration in a person’s life, but a recent study by Fidelity Investment shows many parents do not discuss their estate planning needs adequately with their

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Congress debating relief from estate taxes

An estate plan generally uses a variety of legal instruments, including wills and trusts, to distribute assets after a person dies. The pending estate tax code changes on these assets can have a profound effect on estate planning strategies for many Michigan families if Congress chooses to let them expire.

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Estate planning needs of adult children in Michigan

Oftentimes when a child turns eighteen in Michigan and elsewhere it is not considered a major deal, except to the child maybe. But did you know that once your child turns 18 years of age you could be kept out of certain decisions regarding their healthcare, among others? Without a

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Estate planning: keeping the family harmony alive

We have all heard or read about stories in Michigan and elsewhere involving families in disputes over a relative’s death and what he or she would have ‘wanted.’ Without a solid estate plan, including a will or trust it can be difficult to know, let alone prove in probate court,

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Estate planning: joint tenancy and asset ownership

When establishing an estate plan it is important to determine how you own something, such as an investment account, real estate property or even a checking account. Consider the example of a couple who brings not only separate property to a second marriage, but children as well, like many blended

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