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Probate and Estate Planning Glossary
Probate law and estate planning affect everyone’s life in some way. Grow your understanding of this important area of law by reviewing our glossary of probate and estate planning terms.

Preparing to Meet with Your Estate Planning Attorney
Before meeting with your attorney, it is wise to prepare information relating to your case. This checklist provides different types of information you may be asked to bring to an initial meeting with your probate and estate planning attorney.

The Purpose of Probate and Estate Planning
The following article discusses the important functions of probate and estate planning law.

Estate Planning Law Blog

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Can you challenge a trust in Michigan?

When planning an estate, choosing to create a trust can be a sure way of protecting assets. Planners may choose to draft revocable or irrevocable trusts. In Michigan, there are circumstances that dictate whether a person may challenge a trust. If you are wondering...

How an inventory of assets protects the executor of an estate

One of the earliest steps in the administration of an estate will involve creating an inventory of assets and financial liabilities. You will need this inventory to present to the probate court along with the last will and other important documentation.  The inventory...

Revisiting estate planning goals after the end of a marriage

There are a variety of scenarios in which a change in life circumstances could leave you facing a need to reassess your goals for the future. Should you and your spouse choose to part ways, the end of your marriage could leave you facing a variety of difficult...

Estate planning is a gift

Some of those who have not yet done their estate planning simply have not found a compelling reason to get started. They know that they need a plan someday, but it does not seem all that urgent or important. They resolve themselves to the idea of doing it later. This...

Should you leave your business to your heirs?

Estate planning is, in part, the process of passing assets to your heirs. You need to create a plan to do this effectively. Common assets include the family home, a life insurance policy, your investment portfolio, your bank accounts and the minor assets at your home,...