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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

7 Estate Planning Resolutions to Make Now

Given the uncertainty surrounding estate planning legislation, not to mention the fact that the busy holiday season is now upon us, we may be reluctant to focus on our estate planning goals. Now is the perfect time to ensure that your estate plans are in shape for whatever the future holds—and here are seven estate 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

The Difference Between Having a Will and Not Having a Will

In the third part of our Understanding Probate series, I will discuss the basic differences between having a will and not having a will. If someone dies without a will, trust, or other testamentary instrument, then they are said to die intestate. MCL 700.2101.  If someone dies and one wants to know if someone had Read More

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