September 2014

Deed Scam … Solicitation

Most of us do it every day after we visit the mailbox. “Junk mail, junk mail, junk mail, wait … what is this?” This is the response that Record Transfer Services and Local Records Office are looking for. These companies recently sent solicitations to my client after helping with her estate plan. Her plan included preparing a […]

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Second Family Marriages

Estate planning for second family often gets overlooked. The irony is that these situations typically require the most planning. In Michigan, a person who passes away without an estate plan will have her assets distributed under Michigan’s Inestate Succession statute. This one-size-fits-all approach often misses the mark. These laws rarely take into account the issues

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There Is Always Something New Under the Sun (Sunshine Law, That Is)

Many years ago the state adopted what some call the Sunshine Law: the Michigan Freedom of Information Act. The Act is intended to make information about government more accessible to the public, with certain exceptions. Much of the litigation over the Act involves these exceptions. Michigan’s Court of Appeals, in a case involving Delta College,

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