Dingeman Dancer & Christopherson estate planning attorneys will counsel you and present practical plans and suggestions for the preservation and the tax-sensitive distribution of your assets to your beneficiaries, tailored specifically for your situation. We have extensive experience with the complex tax and probate laws and take pride in our ability to explain practical and understandable solutions.
Our attorneys average twenty years experience in estate planning and enforcement, and when necessary, in challenging estates’ documentation. Less than five percent of all Michigan licensed attorneys have obtained a state level certification in estate planning and administration and we proudly have one of these certified estate planning attorneys on our team.
When disputes arise, we often act as mediators and arbitrators, or when necessary, we aggressively litigate and advocate your position through the trial and appellate courts. We always strive for a solution outside of the courts, as this is often the best solution for everyone.
When planning your estate, often the process begins with an initial discussion of objectives and a confidential analysis of present and future assets, liabilities, income and expenses. Detailed attention is given to family considerations, taxation and potential probate issues.
After analysis and discussion, we present a proposed estate plan, including drafts of the various estate-planning documents. These documents typically include a will, trust, durable power of attorney, and designation of patient advocate (for healthcare decisions).
Depending upon your circumstances and objectives, a plan may also include additional documents, such as an irrevocable life insurance trust, legacy trust, charitable remainder trust, family foundation, “cottage law” trust or other specialized techniques. Our goal is to achieve your objectives, albeit charitable, or maximization of asset preservation and distribution to your family while minimizing taxes and other administrative expenses. In doing so, we always welcome the input and assistance of other trusted family members and advisors, such as your accountant and financial advisor, in assisting us all in reaching your goals.