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Helping you craft the will that is right for you and your needs

For most Michigan residents, thinking about the future often means thinking about what you might be doing in a year. What trips you might go on, what events you might go to and who you might see. One does not often enjoy thinking too far in the future because that often requires them to think about potential negative or unfortunate events. While no one likes to think about their death or incapacitation, the truth it that this is not just the concern of the elderly.

5 reasons everyone should have a will

No matter how advanced medical technology gets, the reality is that all people are going to eventually die. While no one likes to think of their own mortality, the more prepared you are, the happier your family is after you are gone. A will allows you to appoint an executor to pass out your belongings and give guardianship to any minors living in your home. Simply put, a will is a huge protection for your family.

End-of-life planning and drafting a will

Thinking about the future is not always an easy task for Michigan residents. This is especially true for those considering the sensitive topic of end-of-life planning. While it is not an easy conversation to begin or a pleasant process to go through, drafting a will is often an important step for individuals to take in order to ensure their wishes are followed in the event of death or incapacitation.

What is required for a valid will?

If you want your property to be distributed in any particular way after you die, it is essential to make a proper will. In the absence of a will, the court will distribute your property based on your state's intestacy laws, and there will be nothing your heirs can do about it, even if they know your real intentions.

People need to update their estate plan as they age

When people are younger, they may create a simple estate plan. This plan may be in place to make sure that an individual's children are well taken care of in the event that something happens to them. For example, a will can name a guardian for children in the event that a parent passes away.

What is probate?

Michigan residents may not like to think about the time when they will leave their loved ones permanently. Because of this, many people may not consider what would happen to their earthly possessions once they pass on. However, a person's death starts what can be a long and complicated process of distributing those assets to loved ones. Whether or not someone has a will or other estate planning documents in place, this process will still occur.

When should you challenge a will?

When a loved one dies, it can be very traumatic for the remaining family. People miss their family members and wish their deaths never had to occur. However, death is a fact of life, and we have to come to terms with this difficult time period. While it is often not the first priority, at some point relatives must deal with their deceased family member's will. People will find out how their loved ones planned to distribute the assets following their deaths. The information found in a will, however, can be difficult if the will has terms that people were not expecting.

Dementia and competency in Michigan

As Americans age, Michigan residents need to be familiar with many of the diseases that can affect elderly individuals. While some of these diseases can be problems with the body, others can be problems of the mind. In some cases, individuals lose their ability to understand who they are, where they are and what they are doing.

Don't forget to plan for your family's future

People spend their adult lives worrying about their loved ones. People go to work to afford the things they need for their families. They take care of their homes to provide their children with a stable and happy environment to grow up in. And, they save money to provide the best future possible for themselves and the people they love.

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