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New Law Allows Macomb County Probate Court Option to Add Third Judge

A new Michigan law amends the Revised Judicature Act to authorize an additional judge for the Macomb County Probate Court beginning Jan. 1, 2025. Currently the county has two probate judges. The addition of a third probate judgeship would be subject… Read More
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What is the Difference Between a Tangible and Intangible Asset?

A decedent will likely pass on both tangible and intangible property through their last will and testament. Questions often arise regarding the difference between tangible and intangible assets and how something that lacks a physical existence is cla… Read More
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New Laws Allow Electronic Signing of Estate Planning, Real Property Documents Through Dec. 31, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently signed House Bills 6294-6297 into law, allowing documents to be signed, witnessed, and notarized electronically until Dec. 31, 2020. The bills amend the Estates and Protected Individuals Code, the Uniform Electronic Tra… Read More
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A closer look at estate planning tactics for avoiding probate - II

As we discussed in a previous post, there are a multitude of reasons why people from all walks of life decide to undertake comprehensive estate planning, including the reduction of their estate tax burden, the assurance that their hard-earned assets… Read More
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A Closer Look at Estate Planning Tactics for Avoiding Probate

While the overarching objectives of estate planning are minimizing estate tax liability and ensuring assets are distributed according to a person’s exact wishes, there are other considerations that will undoubtedly factor into a person’s… Read More
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How you can be a better executor

If you’re made the executor of an estate, you may be concerned about how to move forward. Fortunately, there are some tips for how to be the best executor you can be. Your job is to handle the estate of someone who has passed away, and this nee… Read More
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Are you someone's long lost life insurance beneficiary?

We often remind people to make sure their estate plans are up-to-date. While a major life event will usually prompt a review of will and trust documents, what people sometimes forget is to check the designated beneficiaries of life insurance policies… Read More
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Up next: Fiduciary Smackdown and Monster Trust Rally!

Tabloids continue to speculate about the circumstances surrounding the January 2015 incident that led to Bobbi Kristina Brown’s death six months later. There are conspiracy theories that link her death with her mother’s — Whitney Ho… Read More
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Crime doesn't pay in probate court, either

The movie “Double Indemnity” and its modern remake “Body Heat” may seem a little farfetched to happen in real life. Both stories are about a woman and her lover’s plot to kill her husband — money is the motive R… Read More
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