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People have the ability to control how assets are used. If they want to buy something fun for a family member, they can. If they want to support a loved one, no problem. Contributing to a charity is often easily arranged. However, these simple tasks are not so simple after a person passes away.

Is there property that can't be included in a will?

When people are planning for their own death, they often decide to create a will. In this will, they will be able to distribute their assets to whomever they choose. With the creation of a will, people will be able to give their loved ones a clear understanding about how they want their assets to be used after they are gone.

What is a legal guardian?

A will serves many different functions. Most people understand that it helps to designate who will receive one's property when that person dies. However, it can do more than that. One area where a will is extremely important is appointing a guardian for people's wards.

Considerations in naming a guardian in a will

Many people think that estate planning is an issue relevant only to older people who are advancing in age. In reality, however, death sometimes strikes unexpectedly, even when people are young and in the prime of their lives. Thinking about estate planning and creating a will has numerous benefits beyond simply indicating who will receive the deceased individual's possessions. In fact, one of the most important parts of wills drafted by younger people is naming a guardian for children.

What are the legal grounds for a will contest?

Wills are important legal documents that enable people to give effect to their wishes after they are deceased and no longer able to make those wishes known. Wills can be used to give personal property to relatives or other beneficiaries--one of the most common uses of wills--or to make charitable donations, establish guardians for minors, and other purposes. Unfortunately, there are situations when relatives believe that a will does not accurately reflect what the deceased would have wanted. In these cases, a person may choose to initiate a will contest.

For help in creating a Michigan will, turn to us

Regardless of the amount of assets you possess or the degree of your wealth, there are many benefits to creating a Michigan will before you pass away. You likely spent the majority of your life controlling your own affairs, so why not also make your wishes known regarding your property and estate after your death?

What is a statutory will and when can it be used?

One of the most important, and commonly understood, parts of estate planning is the creation of a will. However, despite many people's familiarity with the concept of a will, many people still do not understand some of the intricacies or complexity in the will creation process. First of all, there are different types of wills. While different types of wills can all be legally valid-if they are created correctly-each type of will may not be applicable or well-suited to every situation.

Understanding a living will for medical decisions

Many people are familiar with the purpose of a will. They understand that one of its primary purposes is to direct how assets will be distributed, and to whom, upon the will creator's death. Another important, yet commonly overlooked, element of estate planning is a living will. Although it is similar to a traditional will in that it is a written document with legal force, there are many differences between a standard will and a living will.

A specific and tailored approach to a will can be beneficial

Planning for death is a difficult but necessary part of life. Wills constitute a key component of end-of-life planning because it is important for people to have a way to make their wishes known in a legally enforceable way. Wills can address who will care for your children in the event both you and the other parent die while the children are minors. Wills can also address the distribution of personal property to beneficiaries, how your assets will be handled after your death, and who will manage your estate and/or make key decisions.

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