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The law can seem like a daunting and complex tangle. The attorneys of Cunningham Dalman are here to help. If you require legal representation or would like to seek advice from a law expert, we hope you’ll talk with someone at our firm. We also encourage you to learn more about legal issues that matter to you. On this page you will find valuable information about many different aspects of the law. We encourage you to spend some time browsing this collection of posts written by Cunningham Dalman attorneys.

Medicaid and the Last Car

There is great freedom in grabbing your keys, jumping into your car, and driving wherever you want to go.  Nobody wants to think of a day when we might lose that freedom.  But as we age, a time can come to give up those precious keys and rely on others to drive us where we

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Transferring a Vehicle Upon Death of a Family Member

What happens when a person dies with a vehicle titled in their name with no surviving co-owner? Some states allow vehicle owners to name a beneficiary to take title upon an owner’s death.  Michigan is not one of those states.  But it is fairly simple to take care of this situation without the dreaded trip

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How to Plan For Expected Changes In The Estate Tax

It’s widely expected that Congress will be changing the estate tax in this session. A bill hasn’t been introduced yet so we don’t know how the estate tax will be changed. However, there are two scenarios that appear to be the most likely. The first is that the estate tax exemption will be reduced from

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Estate Tax Changes are Coming

The election has been decided. The Democrats now control the White House as well as the House of Representatives. While the Senate is split 50/50, the Vice President can cast a tie-breaking vote in favor of Democratic legislation. President Biden and the Democrats have campaigned on increases in the estate tax. Also, there’s a reconciliation

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Keeping The Family Cottage Affordable For The Next Generation

One of the biggest barriers to passing a cottage to your children is affordability and more specifically property taxes. If transferring a cottage isn’t done in certain ways, the property taxes will be adjusted to the current value (or “uncapped” as we call it). This could result in a small change, but it more often

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Don’t Forget What’s Important to You When Doing Your Estate Plan

More than half of people in the United States give to charitable and faith-based organizations during their lives. However, it’s estimated that less than 10% leave a portion of their estate to these organizations when they pass away. It’s not known why there’s such a difference between these two time periods. Regardless of the reason,

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Business Owners: You Have Another Option For Charitable Planning

There are a variety of ways to financially support charitable organizations and their causes. The most common are giving cash and making out a check. But, other options (i.e. giving appreciated investments like stock, mutual funds, and real estate) are often better for income tax purposes. Business owners have another option because they own privately

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