ESTATE PLANNING / PROBATE

Estate Planning: Wealth Transfer Advantages May Require Prompt Action
By William B. Acker  [Fall 2016]
Two recent proposals would if implemented potentially greatly increase the federal tax cost of transferring wealth to sons, daughters and other beneficiaries.
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The Funeral Representative Act
By Joseph P. Buttiglieri  [Summer 2016]
A new law became effective in Michigan on June 27, 2016 that allows an individual to name a funeral representative.  A funeral representative is a person with the authority to make decisions regarding final arrangements and the resting place of the decedent after death.
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Over age 18, you need powers of attorney
By Brian R. Jenney    [Fall 2013]
Often I receive phone calls of distraught parents who are very upset that they cannot obtain medical information on their son or daughter. This is because the child has obtained the age of 18 years and is no longer considered a minor in the State of Michigan. If the child is unconscious or unable to make informed decisions regarding his or her care then he or she is unable to give consent to the physicians to discuss his or her condition with his or her parents.
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Unexpected reasons to make or change your estate plan
By Joseph P. Buttiglieri    [Fall 2011]
In life, there are a few obvious milestones like the birth of a child or a marriage that would trigger the need for an estate plan. But what about the in-between times in life?
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Parents of young adults need powers of attorney
By Thomas V. Trainer    [Summer 2010]
Sending your child off to college or out into the working world is a proud yet nerve-wracking experience. Your 18 year-old is legally an adult, but he or she is still your baby. However, because your child is an adult, you can no longer make decisions on his or her behalf simply because you are the parent.
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Families conflicted over medical and financial decisions
By Joseph P. Buttiglieri    [Summer 2010]
With advancements in medical care, families are faced with more complicated decisions concerning loved family members than ever and many are landing in probate court. Probate litigation is on the rise and it can be extremely stressful to people who suddenly find themselves battling family members.
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