Estate Planning

Common Services Include:

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  • Wills

  • Codicils

  • Irrevocable Trusts

  • Testamentary Trusts

  • Pet Trusts

  • Healthcare Power of Attorneys

  • Financial Power of Attorneys

  • HIPAA Authorization and Waiver

  • Revocable Trusts

  • IRA Beneficiary Trusts

  • Advanced Healthcare Directives

Estate planning can protect you and your assets during your lifetime and preserve your estate for your heirs and other beneficiaries after your death. A well thought out and personally tailored estate plan can insure your assets are distributed as you intended after your death while minimizing administrative costs, transfer costs, and taxes. An estate plan can also protect wealth from the claims of creditors and predators in the event of a divorce, lawsuit or bankruptcy. 

Putting together an estate plan is an individual custom process that has several different determining factors. For example, a young, single individual will have a much different plan than a married couple with children. It is important to have a plan in place to help alleviate the burdens after your death. Once a plan is in place it is also important to keep it updated with changing life events such as a marriage, the birth of a child, or health complications.

Limited Scope Representation

Many low and medium income individuals involved in a legal dispute are left with the choice of suffering without legal representation or attempting to represent themselves.  As the number of self-represented litigants in Michigan continues to rise, so does the confusion, delay, and frustration of litigants, judges, and courts.  Recently, the Michigan Supreme Court approved a set of guidelines for limited scope representation that allows for litigants to hire an attorney for specific distinct tasks rather than full representation.  This permits the client and attorney to collectively determine which portions of the case each is capable of handling.

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