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1. Is my estate too small to plan for?

No, you need to protect what you do have and have it pass to whom you want when you want.

2. What is estate planning?

Many people believe that estate planning is simply a way to pass assets to heirs after death. While that is part of it, proper estate planning also involves preparing for the possibility of incapacity to ensure that the people you trust are empowered to manage your affairs if you cannot. A well-designed plan should include directions to carry out your wishes regarding healthcare matters, thereby authorizing someone you know and trust to make decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so, such as whether you want to be kept on life support or have other extraordinary measures taken to keep you alive.

3. Why is estate planning important?

If you don’t make proper legal arrangements for the management of your assets and affairs after you pass away, the state of Michigan and the IRS will do so for you. And they are not concerned with making sure your assets go to the people you want, let alone minimizing taxes. This transfer process is known as probate, and in Michigan it can be very frustrating, time-consuming, stressful and unnecessarily expensive. Failing to specify your intentions can also result in family disputes over who will be appointed to manage your affairs. These battles can be very bitter and costly both financially and emotionally.

4. What is included in an "estate"?

Simply put, an estate is everything you own. This can include your home, investments, business, life insurance, employee benefits such as a 401K plan, and other property.

5. Should my minor children have a named guardian? If so, who?

Yes. You should also name at least one alternate guardian in case the primary guardian cannot serve. The choice of guardian is obviously an important decision, since it impacts how your children will be cared for. You should consider factors such as whether the prospective guardian shares your values, where they live, their financial situation and of course whether they are willing and able to take on the added responsibility if something happens to you.

6. My parent's health is declining and I need to know what to do next?

Depending on your parent's current situation there are many ways we can help. Please review the Elder Law section of our website and call our office to learn more about caring for a loved one.

7. Can't I do my own planning online?

Do it yourself estate planning can be very dangerous. While completing the forms may seem easy and straightforward, a single mistake or omission can have far reaching complications that only come to light after the person has died. With that person not here to explain his or her intentions, the heirs could end up disappointed and confused, and could end up paying much more in legal help to try to sort things out after the fact than it would have cost in the first place.

Most people think their estate planning will be simple. But the reality is, most of us discover we do need some personalized planning…and you may not know that without the guidance and counseling of an experienced attorney. It is far better to spend a little more now and make sure your plan is created correctly than to try to save a few dollars and have things turn out badly later. You won’t be around then to straighten things out. Don’t you think you owe it to those you love to do this the right way?

Upcoming Events

6/15/14: Special Needs Planning Workshop

Special Needs Planning Workshop

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Date: 6/15/2014

In this workshop you will learn the critical information needed to plan effectively for your special needs child. 

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In this workshop you will learn the critical information needed to plan effectively for your special needs child. 

2/5/15: Truth About Long Term Care

Truth About Long Term Care

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Date: 2/5/2015

Brighton Community Education

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Brighton Community Education

2/10/15: Truth About Estate Planners

Truth About Estate Planners

Category: Events
Date: 2/10/2015

Brighton Community Education

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Brighton Community Education

2/26/15: Client Educational Event

Client Educational Event

Category: Events
Date: 2/26/2015

Highland Library

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3/3/15: Truth About Estate Planning

Truth About Estate Planning

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Date: 3/3/2015

Milford Library

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3/12/15: Truth About Estate Planning

Truth About Estate Planning

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Date: 3/12/2015

3/18/15: Client Educational Event - Estate Administration

Client Educational Event - Estate Administration

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Date: 3/18/2015

Novi Library

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Novi Library

3/24/15: Truth About Estate Planning

Truth About Estate Planning

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Date: 3/24/2015

Highland Library

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4/21/15: Truth About Long Term Care

Truth About Long Term Care

Category: Events
Date: 4/21/2015

4/28/15: Medicaid and You: Long Term Care Basics

Medicaid and You: Long Term Care Basics

Category: Events
Date: 4/28/2015
Time: 7PM - 8:45PM
Commerce Township Library more

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Commerce Township Library

5/12/15: Special Needs Planning

Special Needs Planning

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Date: 5/12/2015

2/11/16: Truth About Estate Planning

Truth About Estate Planning

Category: Events
Date: 2/11/2016
Highland Library more

Highland Library

2/15/16: Client Educational Event - Successor Trustee

Client Educational Event - Successor Trustee

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Date: 2/15/2016
Brighton District Library more

Brighton District Library

4/15/16: Huron Valley Sinai Hospital Fair - Healthcare Directives

Huron Valley Sinai Hospital Fair - Healthcare Directives

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Date: 4/15/2016
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Huron Valley Sinai Hospital

5/18/16: Protecting Your Investments

Protecting Your Investments

Category: Events
Date: 5/18/2016
Novi Library more

Novi Library

6/2/16: Truth About Long Term Care

Truth About Long Term Care

Category: Events
Date: 6/2/2016
Novi Library more

Novi Library

9/21/16: Understanding Annuities

Understanding Annuities

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Date: 9/21/2016
Milford Library more

Milford Library

10/20/16: WXW Annual Forum

WXW Annual Forum

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Date: 10/20/2016
Washtenaw Community College more

Washtenaw Community College

1/12/17: Client Educational Event - Successor Trustee

Client Educational Event - Successor Trustee

Category: Events
Date: 1/12/2017
Milford Library (6:00 pm-8:00 pm) more

Milford Library (6:00 pm-8:00 pm)

1/18/17: Smart Women, Smart Legal and Financial Choices

Smart Women, Smart Legal and Financial Choices

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Date: 1/18/2017
Brighton Community Education (6:00 pm-8:00 pm) more

Brighton Community Education (6:00 pm-8:00 pm)

4/22/17: Community Wellness Expo

Community Wellness Expo

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Date: 4/22/2017
Lakeland High School (10:00 am-2:00 pm) more

Lakeland High School (10:00 am-2:00 pm)

4/25/17: But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

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Date: 4/25/2017
Independence Village of White Lake (2:30 pm-3:30 pm) more

Independence Village of White Lake (2:30 pm-3:30 pm)

5/11/17: But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

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Date: 5/11/2017
Walled Lake Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm) more

Walled Lake Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm)

5/16/17: But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

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Date: 5/16/2017
Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm) more

Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm)

5/23/17: Understanding Hospice and Funeral Planning

Understanding Hospice and Funeral Planning

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Date: 5/23/2017
Highland Library (6:00 pm-8:00 pm) more

Highland Library (6:00 pm-8:00 pm)

5/25/17: I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

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Date: 5/25/2017

Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm)

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Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm)

6/1/17: Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

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Date: 6/1/2017
Hartland Community Ed (6:30 pm-8:00 pm) CANCELLED more

Hartland Community Ed (6:30 pm-8:00 pm) CANCELLED

6/6/17: Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

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Date: 6/6/2017
Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm) CANCELLED more

Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm) CANCELLED

6/8/17: I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

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Date: 6/8/2017

Independence Village of White Lake (6:30 pm-7:30 pm) - CANCELLED

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Independence Village of White Lake (6:30 pm-7:30 pm) - CANCELLED

6/20/17: Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

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Date: 6/20/2017
Walled Lake Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm) CANCELLED more

Walled Lake Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm) CANCELLED

7/11/17: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You – Medicaid Myths and Misinformation

What You Don't Know Can Hurt You – Medicaid Myths and Misinformation

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Date: 7/11/2017
Walled Lake Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm) CANCELLED more

Walled Lake Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm) CANCELLED

7/14/17: Summer Picnic!

Summer Picnic!

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Date: 7/14/2017
Huron Valley Law Center (2:00 pm-7:00 pm) more

Huron Valley Law Center (2:00 pm-7:00 pm)

7/20/17: I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

Category: Events
Date: 7/20/2017

Salem-South Lyon District Library (7:00 pm-8:30 pm)

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Salem-South Lyon District Library (7:00 pm-8:30 pm)

7/25/17: Plan Your Estate or the State Will!

Plan Your Estate or the State Will!

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Date: 7/25/2017
Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm) more

Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm)

8/10/17: Who's Minding the Store?

Who's Minding the Store?

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Date: 8/10/2017
Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm) more

Brighton Community Education Center (6:15 pm-8:00 pm)

8/15/17: Who's Minding the Store?

Who's Minding the Store?

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Date: 8/15/2017
Salem-South Lyon District Library (7:00 pm-8:30 pm) CANCELLED more

Salem-South Lyon District Library (7:00 pm-8:30 pm) CANCELLED

8/29/17: Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

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Date: 8/29/2017
Salem-South Lyon District Library (7:00 pm-8:30 pm) more

Salem-South Lyon District Library (7:00 pm-8:30 pm)

9/9/17: But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

Category: Events
Date: 9/9/2017
Lyon Township Public Library (1:00 pm-2:30 pm) more

Lyon Township Public Library (1:00 pm-2:30 pm)

9/12/17: But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

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Date: 9/12/2017
Salem-South Lyon District Library (7:00 pm-8:30 pm) more

Salem-South Lyon District Library (7:00 pm-8:30 pm)

9/19/17: Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

Who's the Boss? Planning for Disability, Aging and Death

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Date: 9/19/2017
Independence Village of White Lake (6:30 pm-7:30 pm) CANCELLED more

Independence Village of White Lake (6:30 pm-7:30 pm) CANCELLED

10/4/17: But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

But Mom Promised! Why Good Families Go Bad

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Date: 10/4/2017
Brighton Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm) more

Brighton Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm)

10/26/17: I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

Category: Events
Date: 10/26/2017

Brighton Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm)

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Brighton Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm)

11/1/17: I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

I Don't Even Know Where to Start! A Survival Guide for Successor Trustees, Agents, and Executors

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Date: 11/1/2017

Independence Village of White Lake (6:00 pm-7:15 pm)

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Independence Village of White Lake (6:00 pm-7:15 pm)

11/9/17: Plan Your Estate or the State Will!

Plan Your Estate or the State Will!

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Date: 11/9/2017
Brighton Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm) more

Brighton Community Education Center (6:00 pm-7:30 pm)

12/8/17: Annual Holiday Party!

Annual Holiday Party!

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Date: 12/8/2017
Huron Valley Law Center (2:00 pm-7:00 pm) more

Huron Valley Law Center (2:00 pm-7:00 pm)

2/13/18: Treat Yourself to Some Peace of Mind this Valentine's Day!

Treat Yourself to Some Peace of Mind this Valentine's Day!

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Date: 2/13/2018
Milford Public Library (6:00 pm-8:00 pm) more

Milford Public Library (6:00 pm-8:00 pm)

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