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Michigan Estate Planning Checklist | A Step-by-Step Guide

Estate Planning Checklist for Michigan Residents: Plan Your Future When it comes to starting your Michigan Estate Planning, there’s no better time than the present. Everyone, no matter their age or financial status, needs to plan for the future. Obviously, there is no guarantee what tomorrow may hold, but everyone is eventually going to die….

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How Does Probate Court Work in Michigan | Probate Laws

When a loved one dies, the property they leave behind, from real estate to bank accounts, needs to be dispersed to those who are supposed to inherit it. The role of Probate Court in Michigan is to make sure that property is legally distributed according to the wishes of the deceased. Unfortunately, probate disputes happen…

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Guide to Charitable Giving

Author: W. Dane Carey Continuing the upward trend, charitable giving in the United States increased to $373.25 billion in 2015 (2.1% of GDP). Over the past two years alone, total giving to charitable organizations has increased over 10%. This increase and the overall size of charitable contributions is a testament to the integral role charities play in our society,…

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Charitable IRA Rollovers

Author: Benjamin W. Bryant J.D., University of Michigan Law School What are two things that most retirement-aged individuals value? Charitable donations and tax breaks! Well, maybe not everyone shares the same enthusiasm for philanthropy and avoidance of the Internal Revenue Code, but for those of you who are interested in these exciting topics, it’s time…

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New Law Allows Nomination of Funeral Representatives

Author: W. Dane Carey Effective on June 27, 2016, Public Act 57 of 2016 amends Michigan law to enable an individual to designate a funeral representative to handle disposition of his or her bodily remains after death and make post-death decisions regarding funeral arrangements. Under prior law, when an individual died in Michigan, decisions regarding funeral…

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Same-Sex Marriage Decision—Major Impact on Estate Planning

Author: Benjamin W. BryantJ.D., University of Michigan Law School On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that the Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex…

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New Uncapping Exemption for Ladybird Deed Transfers

Author: W. Dane Carey We recently posted an article that outlined new exemptions for residential real estate owners to transfer property to relatives without triggering an “uncapping” of the property taxes. Following that recent change in Michigan law, there was some debate within the legal community regarding the continued viability of transfers via one popular estate…

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New Exemptions to Avoid Property Tax Uncapping

Author: W. Dane Carey A recent change in Michigan law offers important new planning opportunities for owners of cottages and other residential family property. The change has made it significantly easier to transfer residential real estate (including recreational lands) from one generation to the next without unfavorable tax consequences. Specifically, the recently enacted law provides new…

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