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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...