What happens in Probate Court…

…does not always stay in Probate Court

In Michigan, Probate Courts serve the primary purpose of protecting those who are incapable of speaking for themselves due to death, incapacity, or being under 18.  This protection does not extend to protecting the privacy of these individuals, however. (more…)

Lawyer Joke of the Week

NASA was interviewing professionals to be sent to Mars. Only one could go — and couldn’t return to Earth.

The first applicant, an engineer, was asked how much he wanted to be paid for going. “A million dollars,” he answered, “because I want to donate it to M.I.T.” (more…)

What Is A “Do It Yourself Estate Plan?”

And Is a Do It Yourself Estate Plan Right for Me?

Before getting into whether a do it yourself estate plan is appropriate for your situation, it is important to know exactly what will or “estate plan” is and what it does.  In my opinion, the most basic estate plan, whether drafted by the most expensive lawyer in town or put together from the cheapest do it yourself estate planning kit you could find, must include a will and a patient advocate designation. Our estate plans typically include a few other steps to make the management of your affairs less cumbersome in the event of an unforeseen disability and upon your death. (more…)