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Tax planning and 2013 - what do Michigan residents need to know?

Even though the bitter presidential election is now more than a month in our reader's rearview mirrors, no doubt many have been unable to escape the continuing political news out of our nation's capital. The discourse has been muddled and mostly unproductive, regardless of the fact that the decisions that need to be made could affect nearly every American's financial situation.

Trusts and taxes - how can Michigan residents benefit?

When it comes to tax planning, most Michigan residents probably all have the same goal: pay as little in taxes as possible. That can be easier said than done these days, especially with the uncertainty coming from the federal government over what exactly the tax structure of future years, or even next year, will be. However, one thing that our Michigan readers can be sure of is what the taxes for this year, 2012, will be. And, many may not be aware of a creative way to begin structuring their tax requirements around the use of trusts.

Houston's estate documents come through in protecting inheritance

Protecting inheritance is important, and, when it comes to the potential for arguments among family members, the documents which are drafted specifically to distribute an inheritance can be of the utmost importance. That's why in one fight involving a high-profile individual, the fight was over almost as soon as it began.

Trusts may be the best option for protecting inheritance

It seems to be a sad reality in today's world that whenever a celebrity or famous person dies unexpectedly there will be a dispute about the persons' estate and assets. Most of our Michigan readers probably saw the huge problems that the death of Michael Jackson caused within his family, and now it appears some similar issues may be arising in the wake of the unexpected death of Whitney Houston.

Pet trusts and modern estate planning for Michigan residents

Readers in Oakland County likely already realize that a will is a primary estate planning tool. A will can be the bedrock around which all other estate planning devices revolve. Wills are known for helping estate planners avoid intestacy and carefully designate how property should be distributed to heirs and beneficiaries.

How would Michigan residents benefit from LLCs and trusts?

There is a plethora of estate planning options for Detroit residents who want to avoid probate litigation and reduce personal liability. Neither lawsuits over personal property nor family strife pertaining to the distribution of assets are desirable consequences of estate planning. In particular, Michigan real estate owners may want to consider a few important tools for avoiding future problems with probate.

Should Michigan business owners consider trusts?

When Oakland County residents think of establishing a trust, they may think of one aspect in particular: trusts are complicated. While that can be true, the real benefits of trusts are worth the effort when it comes to tax planning or protecting an inheritance. This is true not only for individuals thinking of individual estate planning; trusts can also be an extremely useful for small business owners who intend to eventually pass their business and assets on to beneficiaries.

Entrepreneur adopts girlfriend to protect estate

Getting the financial house in order and managing an estate can be a complex and time-consuming operation. Even for many Michigan residents whose lifestyle is less ostentatious than others, estate planning is an important matter. But for one extremely wealthy polo club owner, estate planning was taken to a new level when he made the questionable move of adopting his adult girlfriend.

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