In an effort to “avoid probate,” many people are being advised to create a trust. While it is true that a properly funded trust can avoid probate, it is also true that many less expensive (or free) strategies can be implemented to allow certain assets to pass to heirs without probate court involvement. We understand that estate plans are not “one size fits all.” Every client and every client’s situation is different. And some clients simply do not need the added protection – or the added expense – of creating a trust. If you are young, just starting out, or starting over, a will may be all you need to protect the assets you have.

We take the time to understand our clients and their specific situations. We will not “oversell” you an estate plan. Instead, we will make sure you understand all your options so you can make an informed decision as to the best – and most economic – way to protect your assets.

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Nicolas M. Morano, Accomplished Real Estate Attorney, Joins GGTM Law
Posted on February 11, 2019
Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy (“GGTM”) welcomes Nicolas M. Morano, who recently joined the growing ranks of experienced attorneys at GGTM. Nic has more than a decade of experience in counseling businesses and entrepreneurs in complex real estate and corporate matters. As a Mona Shores High School graduate, Nic is excited to transition his practice back home to the Muskegon area after spending the first ten years of his career with a large law firm in Grand Rapids.  Nic’s breadth of experience in a wide variety of real estate and corporate matters is a valuable asset to GGTM and... MORE
Legacy Release Program Funding Completely Allocated
Posted on April 2, 2018
On March 16, 2018, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) announced that the $36 million in funding earmarked for the Legacy Release Program (LRP) barely 6 months ago (via the passage of Public Act 130 of 2017) has been completely allocated to approved or pending claim submittals. As a result, the MDEQ is not reviewing any additional claims made under the LRP. However, a waiting list of up to 100 more claim applications will be maintained, in the event that current claims do not expend the full approved amount or are otherwise denied. The waiting list information can... MORE
New MUSTA Legislation Enacted
Posted on October 27, 2017
House Bill 4583 was recently signed into law by Governor Snyder.  This Bill creates the “Legacy Release Program”, establishes new options to demonstrate financial responsibility for cleanup fund deductibles, and provides for reimbursement of local units of government (LUG) for certain corrective action costs. The highlights of HB 4583 (now referred to as Public Act 134 of 2017) are outlined below: The Legacy Release Program is created and will be administered by the Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority (MUSTA). The intent is to provide a mechanism to aid in the completion of corrective actions and to close out “old”... MORE
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