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Lending and Michigan’s Domestic Asset Protection Trusts

Lending and Michigan’s Domestic Asset Protection Trusts

New under Michigan law are creditor protection trusts established pursuant to Michigan’s Qualified Dispositions in Trust Act. - Article by Ryan Conboy

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Posted on August 17, 2017

Antenuptial Agreements and Equity

Antenuptial Agreements and Equity

Antenuptial (Prenuptial) Agreements are often thought of as the tool of a wealthy parent trying to protect the family’s wealth. But what exactly are these agreements? - Article by Ryan Conboy

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Posted on August 03, 2017

Michigan Asset Protection Trusts – What are they, and who can they benefit?

Michigan Asset Protection Trusts – What are they, and who can they benefit?

A DAPT is a tool that is used along with other estate planning and asset protection techniques. - Article by Kate Gadbois

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Posted on July 24, 2017

Should You Contest a Will or Trust?

Should You Contest a Will or Trust?

If the amount of estate assets do warrant consideration of a will or trust contest, a disinherited person should carefully consider a few key questions. - Article by Sara Fazio

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Posted on May 08, 2017

Estate Planning for the Agribusiness: Like-Kind Exchanges

Estate Planning for the Agribusiness: Like-Kind Exchanges

Farmers that intend to retire and purchase real estate in Florida, Arizona or elsewhere, can take advantage of section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code (“section 1031”), often referred to as a Like-Kind Exchange. - Article by Justin Wheeler

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Posted on December 16, 2016

Newly Minted Adults: It’s Never Too Early for Estate Planning

Newly Minted Adults: It’s Never Too Early for Estate Planning

As a young adult, you may think it is way too early in life to consider estate planning. However, estate planning goes beyond wills and trusts and making arrangements for gifting of your property at death. - Article by Ryan Conboy

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Posted on May 18, 2016

Durable Power of Attorney: Planning for Disability

Durable Power of Attorney: Planning for Disability

There is a fine line between making bad choices and legal incapacity, and a child or elderly adult may need the careful advice of an attorney to help them through these tough legal issues. - Article by Kay Kossen

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Posted on April 15, 2016

Remember to Fund Your Trust

Remember to Fund Your Trust

Simply creating your Trust is not enough. You must have an ongoing strategy. - Article by Jim Lance

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Posted on October 02, 2015

The Law of Unintended Consequences: Potential Traps of Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning

The Law of Unintended Consequences: Potential Traps of Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning

When considering estate-planning scenarios, it will be well worth the time to discuss your ideas with a qualified estate advisor. - Article by Janice Peters

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Posted on March 31, 2015

Adding a Joint Owner to Your Account? Consider the Pitfalls and Alternatives

Adding a Joint Owner to Your Account? Consider the Pitfalls and Alternatives

Evaluating your options when considering the possibility of adding a joint owner to your account. - Article by Ryan Conboy

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Posted on December 12, 2014

Temporary Delegation of Parental Powers

Temporary Delegation of Parental Powers

Parents, if you are unavailable to exercise your parental authority for any reason and have left your children in the care and custody of a non-parent, consider executing a delegation of authority. - Article by Ryan Conboy

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Posted on October 27, 2014

Use a Certificate of Trust to Maintain Privacy

Use a Certificate of Trust to Maintain Privacy

If you value the private nature of your Michigan Trust, but face a request for your entire Trust to facilitate a transaction, know that under Michigan law the Certificate of Trust should, in most cases, be sufficient. - Article by Ryan Conboy

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Posted on October 06, 2014

When it's Not Enough to have a Will

When it's Not Enough to have a Will

You owe it to the most important people in your life to educate them on why your assets are divided in the way that they are. - Article by Steve Hessen

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Posted on August 25, 2014

An Estate Planning Cautionary Tale from a Nobel Peace Prize Winner

An Estate Planning Cautionary Tale from a Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Family disputes over items of tangible personal property are frequent and can devolve into venomous affairs, irreparably fracturing familial relations and costing thousands of dollars in unnecessary legal fees. - Article by Steve Staple

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Posted on August 04, 2014