The death of a prominent citizen of Detroit emphasizes the need of establishing an estate plan. Aretha Franklin recently passed away at the age of 76 and she had apparently done no estate planning. It is said that she did not have a will or trust in place, which may complicate the settling of her estate. She is survived by four sons who have all listed themselves as interested parties. A niece has also requested to be appointed as the personal representative of the estate.
An early morning jog in Michigan turned out to be a bad way to start the day. A Wayne County Sheriff's Department employee was struck and killed during an early morning jog. The off-duty officer was allegedly struck by a vehicle and dragged for several feet in a hit-and-run accident. The driver of the vehicle is facing criminal charges.
The opioid drug crisis continues to plague Michigan and the nation. Two people, a man and a woman, who own an assisted living facility in Oakland County, are facing criminal law charges after drugs and firearms were allegedly found on their property. The investigation was carried out by the Oakland County Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET).
It's time for you to tell your spouse that you want to end your marriage. You started considering divorce a year ago. You mulled it over. You thought it through. You went to counseling. Nothing helped, and now you know it is time.
Becoming new parents can be one of the most exciting steps in a young family's life in Michigan. While there are so many things to be considered and provided for the new family member, establishing or reviewing an estate plan should not be neglected. While extensive planning may have gone into expanding a family, it is difficult to plan for the unexpected. That is where estate planning can help.
Planning an estate can have many facets to cover many beneficiaries and many situations in Michigan. Trusts can be put in place to help provide for handicapped or mentally disabled relatives. There is a third category where trusts may be the right option. This would include addicted or mentally ill children that a family wants to provide for in their estate planning.