As soon as you have a child, it’s important to begin planning for the future and preparing for the unthinkable. That means putting together an estate plan, which should include a will that names the people who will care for your child in case you pass away or become incapacitated. If you’re in … Read more about How Do I Name a Guardian for My Children in My Michigan Will?
Here’s How (and Why) to Write a Business Contingency Plan
A business contingency plan is a critical piece of the business ownership puzzle. But for many small business owners, a contingency plan might not be the first priority when they’re wrapped up in day-to-day business operations. And when the unthinkable happens, whether it’s a flood, accident, or … Read more about Here’s How (and Why) to Write a Business Contingency Plan
What to Know About Medical Power of Attorney in Michigan
In Michigan, a medical power of attorney is a legal document completed in advance of an incapacitating medical emergency. It empowers you to choose a trusted friend, family member, or confidant to make medical decisions on your behalf when you can’t make them for yourself. This individual is also … Read more about What to Know About Medical Power of Attorney in Michigan
What the Coronavirus Taught Us About Estate Planning
With an uncertain future ahead of us, the global pandemic has made it clear that even otherwise healthy people and families need an estate plan to protect their future. Anyone with children, significant assets like a house or car, savings, or even insurance policies can benefit from having an … Read more about What the Coronavirus Taught Us About Estate Planning
4 Ways to Protect Your Children With Your Estate Plan
One of the best ways to protect your children is by creating a comprehensive estate plan that outlines their future care and provides for their needs. However, many young or new parents don’t understand how an estate plan can help support their kids for many years into the future — and put their own … Read more about 4 Ways to Protect Your Children With Your Estate Plan
5 Reasons You Need a Probate Lawyer in Michigan
Losing a loved one is never easy. When disagreements or challenges arise surrounding their will or other estate plan documents, the situation can become even more challenging. Hiring a probate lawyer is one way to avoid conflict, navigate complex arrangements, and take advantage of lesser-known laws … Read more about 5 Reasons You Need a Probate Lawyer in Michigan
3 Things to Know About Online Estate Planning
The coronavirus health crisis has forced Americans to re-evaluate their end-of-life plans. As shelter-in-place orders confine people mostly to their homes, many are turning to the internet to meet their estate planning needs, especially in states like Michigan with high numbers of COVID-19 cases and … Read more about 3 Things to Know About Online Estate Planning
How to Update Your Will and Avoid Mistakes
The coronavirus crisis is motivating more people than ever to write or update their wills. As people and families hurry to update their wills, they often feel tempted to rely on tools, templates, and information they find on the internet. Unfortunately, relying on internet (mis)information when … Read more about How to Update Your Will and Avoid Mistakes
4 Reasons to Make Your Michigan Freelance Business an LLC
Whether your freelance is a “side hustle” to bring in a little extra cash or a full-time career, you’re not alone in your desire to work on your terms. More than a quarter of all Americans engage in some form of freelance work, according to the Pew Research Center. When setting up a freelance … Read more about 4 Reasons to Make Your Michigan Freelance Business an LLC
What if the Trustee of a Trust Doesn’t Carry Out Their Duties?
Anyone who plans a trust puts a great deal of care into appointing a responsible trustee who will take their duties seriously. Despite careful consideration, however, trustees sometimes neglect, disregard, or violate their responsibilities. Thankfully, Michigan law includes provisions that can help … Read more about What if the Trustee of a Trust Doesn’t Carry Out Their Duties?
Why Should I Go to a Lawyer When I Can Make My Will Online?
When you decide you need a will or trust to legally designate what happens to your assets and minor children after you pass away, you have a few options for creating the documents you need. Two of the most popular ways are to use an online software program and to consult an estate planning … Read more about Why Should I Go to a Lawyer When I Can Make My Will Online?
Avoid These 5 Common Estate Planning Mistakes
Individuals who plan their own estates are more likely to make mistakes that impact their loved ones and their family’s ability to carry out their final wishes. Fortunately, many of these mistakes are easy to avoid once you know what they are. Keep reading to learn the five most common estate … Read more about Avoid These 5 Common Estate Planning Mistakes