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March 2016 Archives

Make sure your will is ready for the unforeseen

Life is full of unforeseen circumstances. No one really knows what will happen today, tomorrow or well into the future. People can only try to be as prepared as possible for adverse events. While older adults may be prepared for their death, many younger adults are not. Thinking about a person's own death is not often pleasant. Instead, people want to push that possibility to the back of their minds and worry about it later. However, when it comes to estate planning this can be a mistake.

Does an estate have to pay taxes after a person's death?

During the first few months of every year, many individuals start to worry about their taxes. Depending on the person's income, individuals can have a large tax burden each April. Individuals might wonder whether their estate also shares in this tax burden after they have passed away.

Will contest ends in $8.5 million settlement

Famed billionaire Kirk Kerkorian spent his life investing in a variety of businesses across the United States -- including in the automakers that have made parts of Michigan so famous. He was also key in developing many properties in Las Vegas and many businesses in other industries throughout the United States. However, last June Kerkorian died at the age of 98.

Certain assets are excluded from probate process

When an individual dies in Michigan, the person's assets need to be distributed according to their estate plan. If an individual does not have an estate plan, then Michigan laws will dictate how the property is divided. In either case, the estate is handled in the probate court. The probate court will allow for the appointment of a personal representative who will distribute the assets and pay any liabilities that the estate has. The court may or may not oversee the process but will have the final say about when the process is complete.

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