Individual Services – Estate planning, probate, and family law

  • How Does Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order Impact Family Law?

    March 24, 2020

    Yesterday, Michigan families were preparing to comply and adapt to Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-21 (“Stay Home, Stay Safe”).  The Michigan Supreme Court issued a Statement, and the State Bar of Michigan also issued an Advisory regarding the impact on divorce and family law.  To assist you in understanding how you are impacted, we have […]

  • Administering a Special Needs Trust

    March 22, 2020

    When a special needs trust is needed, careful consideration should be given so beneficiaries who also are receiving government benefits are not impacted by an inheritance. A special needs trust provides for the beneficiary’s discretionary needs in a manner that is intended to avoid disqualification from government benefit programs.  So, properly administering a special needs […]

  • Workplace Issues Prompted By The COVID-19 Pandemic

    March 12, 2020

    The current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has prompted extraordinary public and governmental response, and with it, many practical questions for employers.  We are not medical doctors, and there is an abundance of advice available on-line about common-sense measures employers and employees can and should take to reduce the chance of exposure.  We also know that the […]

  • Does Your FIFRA Cost-Share Agreement Avoid Risk?

    January 23, 2020

    Any agreement that does not fully contemplate relevant regulations has the potential to expose parties to risk and leave money on the table. This is especially true for cost-share agreements regarding pesticide data development. Scientific data supporting pesticide registrations is highly proprietary and expensive. Protecting registrants’ investments is paramount, especially when the data is collectively […]

  • Legal Documents Every College Student Should Have

    August 5, 2019

    As fall quickly approaches, my oldest child will soon be leaving for college.  We have begun the process of packing and I have learned that the typical college-bound student’s packing list will include “essential items” such as a mini fridge, laptop computer, cell phone, clothes, and shower shoes.  There is one other item that I, […]

  • Young Families Need Estate Planning Too!

    February 19, 2019

    “I am not old enough for an estate plan.” “Wills and Trusts are for the rich.  All I have is debt and kids.” “Who me?  I’m still healthy.” All of these are common responses when parents of young children are asked if they have prepared an estate plan.  But consider the consequences…. When parents leave […]

  • What Michigan Nurses Should Know About LARA Investigations and Administrative Complaints

    June 2, 2018

    Many complaints made to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) regarding nurses arise in an employment context and involve issues with employers. Nurses and other employees in Michigan have a right to obtain a copy of their personnel files, which often contain documents and information that can help them formulate and support […]

  • What to Ask Before Retaining a Divorce Lawyer

    January 23, 2018

    Retaining a divorce attorney requires careful consideration.  When a marriage ends, spouses and their children often face a perfect storm of stressful decisions:  new living arrangements, parenting schedules, and of course issues concerning property and money.   Your attorney will inform you about the legal process, explain how the courts interpret the law and will help […]

  • Michigan’s DAPT Law Protects Assets from Creditors

    March 8, 2017

    Governor Snyder recently signed Michigan’s Qualified Dispositions in Trusts Act, which takes effect on March 8, 2017.  In so doing, Michigan joins 16 other states that permit a particular form of trust commonly known as “domestic asset protection trust” (or DAPT).  A DAPT is an irrevocable trust whose assets the grantor’s creditors cannot reach if […]

  • Michigan Legislature Abolishes Dower

    January 22, 2017

    Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation on January 6, 2017 abolishing a surviving wife’s dower right in her deceased husband’s property, making Michigan the final state to eliminate this law. However, some states still retain a form of dower, but in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of sex, they offer a reciprocal right to […]

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