The Downsides of DIY Estate Planning

Downsides of DIY Estate Planning

You may be familiar with the concept of “Do It Yourself,” or “DIY.” In short, this ethos is all about tackling important projects on your own, without having to involve professionals. Most people associate DIY with homeowners researching solutions, buying their own tools, and getting to work making fixes and repairs around the house. Other […]

What Can a Probate and Estates Attorney Do for You?

Probate and Estates Attorney

When you have a foot problem, you go to the podiatrist. When you have a heart problem, you go to the cardiologist. When you want to complete your estate plan or are forced into the probate courts, you need to go to an established probate and estate planning attorney.  Michigan probate attorneys focus on the […]

“My Loved One Just Passed Away in Michigan. What Are My Next Steps?”

Next Steps After Someone Dies, Michigan

Losing a loved one can be an incredibly difficult time. On top of the understandable grief and devastation at losing someone dear — whether a parent, sibling, spouse, or grandparent — this moment can also bring confusion and uncertainty. There are many logistical steps and important decisions that must be taken after someone dies in […]

Amending or Updating a Will in Michigan

Amending or Updating a Will

A will is an important estate planning document for anyone who is looking to prepare for the future care of their family and assets. Wills are one of the most cost-effective ways to plan for the distribution of your estate. If you do not choose, the State makes those crucial decisions for you — and […]

What are the Differences Between Heirs, Beneficiaries, and Devisees?

Heirs, Beneficiaries, and Devisees

What’s the difference between an heir and a devisee? Do you know what it means to be the beneficiary of a trust? Whether you are getting started with estate planning or facing the legal aftermath following a loved one’s passing, you’re sure to encounter many unfamiliar terms and concepts along the way. One area where […]

When Can You Contest a Will in Michigan?

Contesting a Will in Michigan

The passing of a loved one is incredibly difficult, and can be made even more so when this tragic loss leads to disagreements and arguments among family and friends. Some matters, such as a will contest, can put family members in opposition to each other — which may add to the level of stress involved […]

The Importance of Estate Planning During COVID-19

The Importance of Estate Planning During COVID-19

The ongoing outbreak of novel coronavirus COVID-19 has spread concern and uncertainty around the globe. The pandemic has also underscored the vital importance of looking to the future, and planning ahead for whatever may come your way. As a result, many people here in Michigan and across the country are considering the necessity of estate […]