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Appoint a Guardian for your Child

Do you have minor children? Do you have legal documents that plan for your children if something happens to you and your spouse? You can use the attached form if you do not have any estate planning documents and would like to appoint a guardian for your minor children if you have not done so 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

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

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

What is probate?

Is probate a place I go after die? No! Probate court is a place where your heirs go after you die to administer your affairs if you do not have a properly funded trust agreement, or if you only have a living will or do not have a will at all. Facts About Probate Court Read More

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