May 2018 Archives

When terminal illness precedes estate planning

Having an estate plan has become more prevalent as more people have become aware of the need to ensure that their wishes will be carried out after their death. In Michigan and elsewhere, such planning can lead to peace of mind. But what if a terminal illness is diagnosed before estate planning has been put in place?

Coping with estate planning after a person has passed

When a person dies in Michigan, there are many issues to be resolved. If estate planning was done, the process may be relatively straightforward. But what if a plan is not in place or if the appointed executor of the estate is not familiar with the plan? What is the best way to proceed in such an instance?

Asset knowledge matters to trust and probate administration

When a person in Michigan prepares an estate plan, his or her will may indicate that certain bequests be made. These bequests may be made to family members, friends, charitable organizations or other recipients as indicated in the document. However, there are other factors to consider besides simply including the bequests in a will to ensure the wishes of the deceased are carried out. These factors can impact trust and probate administration.