Step-Family Estate Planning

Double the In-laws, Double the Fun; An Introduction to the Art of Step-Family Estate Planning I’ve been the proud patriarch of a step-family for over seven years.  I would not have spent the last 85 months any other way, but it is amazing how fast these 371 weeks have flown by.  Most of our 2600 […]

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Staying Independent As You Grow Older (With an Estate Plan)

A new movement is making headway with seniors today. Record numbers of Baby Boomers are participating in triathlons, traveling the globe, starting their own companies from scratch, creating new social circles and in general being much more active than their own parents and grandparents. But that’s not all these seniors are doing. The Demand Institute surveyed […]

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Do You Need a Probate Lawyer?

West Michigan probate lawyers have a pretty complex job to do, and it can be even more difficult because of the fact that many people don’t really even know what the probate process is.  This isn’t all that surprising, as by the time a person needs probate, it’s because he or she has passed away.  […]

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Bad Estate Planning Decisions Can Be a Royal Pain

It seems that nearly everyone is paying attention to the lives of the British royal family, and now estate planning lawyers have their interest piqued, too.  In September, Prince Harry—Princess Diana’s youngest son—turned 30.  With his birthday came access to the rest of his inheritance from his late mother.  It’s not his birthday that is […]

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What Happens to Debt When Someone Dies?

Will and estate lawyers are becoming intimately aware of their clients’ financial situations, and it’s just a fact of life that many people have considerable debt.  Whether it is the person setting up an estate plan or one who has inherited from it, there are often questions regarding what happens to that debt.  Does money […]

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Three Grandville Estate Planning Myths: True or False

Estate planning lawyers eat, sleep, and breathe estate planning and see pretty much every kind of situation unfold.  Clearly, individuals who have taken the time to create a solid estate plan nearly always fare better than those who do not.  Still, there are a whole lot of myths and misunderstandings floating around that stop people […]

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Business Planning Attorneys in Michigan Recommend Living Trusts

Michigan business attorneys see again and again how folks underappreciate just what they can do to protect their businesses through estate planning.  After spending years building a solid business, it should almost go without saying that you want to protect what you’ve created.  One way to do this is to create a living trust.

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7 Signs that It’s Time to Update Your Estate Plan

So, you and your estate planning lawyer have put together a great plan for you.  Congratulations!  You are ahead of the majority of the population already.  Keep in mind, however, that even though the hard part is done, there is some maintenance that you and your attorney will want to do from time to time.  Your […]

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IRA Preservation Trust

Many of my clients have similar concerns and questions when it comes to IRAs and how to make the most of them. With that in mind, I’ve created a new resource that covers a wealth of information including:

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