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Planning for Your Digital Estate Plan

Do you ever wonder what would happen to your digital assets when you die? Who will be able to pay your electronic bills, shut off automatic debits to your checking account, or tell your Facebook friends that you are gone? Who would have access to get into your email account? The more we are digitally Read More

How do I open a probate estate? Miniseries part 3/3

In the last part of our miniseries on opening a probate estate, we will discuss the basics of opening an estate using a “formal” procedure and will include a brief discussion of what supervised estates are. Formal Procedure for Opening an Estate When used in probate court jargon, “Formal” is a bit of a misnomer Read More

Understanding Probate: Is my will a public document?

Is my will a public document? The answer to this question is “yes” and “no”. For guidance we will look to MCL 700.2515: Deposit of will with court in testator’s lifetime. First, one is not required to deposit a will with a court. One might keep their will in a safe deposit box, with an Read More

How do I open a Probate estate? Miniseries part 2/3

Miniseries part 1/3 discussed the basics of testate and intestate estates and some of the basics of unsupervised estates. In summary, if one dies without a valid will, trust or other instrument then one dies “Intestate” in the eyes of the law. Intestate comes from the Latin word “intestato” derived from ancient Roman law meaning Read More

How do I open a probate estate? Miniseries part 1/3

In the previous four parts of this series, we discussed the basic differences between having a will and not having a will. In this discussion, we will see how the end result takes shape in the form of opening a probate estate in a three part mini series on the matter. There are two forms Read More

I have a will so now what?

You either went to an attorney or legalzoom.com, perhaps even Suzie Orman, and you purchased and executed a will. So what does that mean? Assuming the will was properly executed and is a valid and enforceable instrument, then let’s consider the following effects of having a will after your death. The Effects of a Will Read More

To will or not to will?

When I speak in estate planning seminars, generally 70% of those in attendance have a will. Can that 70% of folks explain what their will does for them? Sometimes yes, sometimes, no. In this post I will explain what a will is by definition. A Will…By Definition A “Will” includes, but is not limited to, Read More

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