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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Michigan Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund Amended – Elimination of Buy-Downs for Small UST Owners and Retroactive Reduction in Deductibles
Posted on January 3, 2017
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Non-Competes Between Commercial Ventures to be Assessed Under Rule of Reason
Posted on July 18, 2016
In Innovation Ventures v Liquid Manufacturing, LLC, Michigan Supreme Court Docket No. 150591 (decided July 14, 2016), the Michigan Supreme Court considered whether the validity of a covenant not to compete should be determined by looking at the factors provided in MCL 445.774a or by using the “rule of reason” analysis. MCL 445.774a sets forth factors for a court to consider in analyzing covenants not to compete in an employer-employee context. The covenant not to compete considered in this case, however, was in a written agreement between two businesses. The statutory factors include the following: (1) duration of the... MORE
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