Category: Handling Your Loved One’s Affairs

Choosing A Patient Advocate and Caregiver

Help your doctor, your family, and yourself.

When you need medical care, your doctor or the hospital is required to get your permission before beginning treatment. That permission can be difficult or even impossible to get if you are incapacitated or unconscious. Many times, hospitalsView Post

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.  That means that someone else needs to be in charge.View Post

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 come out of the estate for medical bills?  Are adult children responsible for credit cards?  What happens to the mortgage?View Post

Grand Rapids Probate Attorney- Why Having a Probate Attorney is a Good Idea

Do You Need a Grand Rapids Probate Attorney?

In the state of Michigan, it’s not legally required for you to hire a probate lawyer after the passing of a loved one, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea. For one thing, a Grand Rapids probate attorney will have a lot of insight into the process, which is something most folks just don’t have. After all, the probate lawyer works with probate cases all the time, is up-to-date on the most current laws, and has a pretty good idea of how to streamline the process as much as possible.View Post

Grand Rapids Special Needs Attorney Describes the New ABLE Act

A Grand Rapids Special Needs Attorney’s Take on the ABLE Act and New Savings Opportunities for Disabled Individuals

Thanks to a new law passed in Congress in December, disabled individuals will no longer have to choose between saving a small nest-egg for future care expenses or preserving long-term eligibility for low-income benefits such as Medicaid or Supplemental Social Security Insurance (SSI).View Post

Plan For Your Wishes To Be Carried Out With a Grand Rapids and Muskegon Probate Lawyer

Kent and Muskegon County Probate Lawyers Don’t Like Surprises

Sure, the typical probate lawyer in Kent and Muskegon County might like a surprise birthday party or an unexpected bit of good news, but when it comes to probate, the fewer surprises, the better. One of the main purposes of estate planning, after all, is to detail how an individual would like for things to proceed after his or her death.View Post

Planning for the Future With a Grand Rapids Special Needs and Guardianship Lawyer

Special Needs Planning and Guardianship in West Michigan

Parenting isn’t always easy, and it’s even less so when your child has a disability. We all have dreams of our children reaching full independence, but sometimes, this just isn’t possible. Our children may have needs that go beyond what others require, special needs that demand specific planning in order to make sure that the child is well looked after once the parents are gone.View Post

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.View Post

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