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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.

Even celebrities fail to prepare wills and estate plans

Many Michigan residents were undoubtedly devastated when they learned that the musician Prince had died. The gifted vocalist and guitar player had a recognizable style and presence that was well-known by even those who may not have been big fans of his music. Though news of his untimely death dominated many media outlets in the wake of his passing, an interesting fact about his estate emerged in the weeks following his death.

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.

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.

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