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October 2017 Archives

The varied and flexible uses of a trust

A trust is one element a Michigan resident can include in an estate plan. A trust essentially owns the assets funded to it, and the person who creates a trust assigns a trustee to manage the assets according to instructions provided. When people consider adding a trust to their estate plans, it is often because they are looking for a way to avoid probate or reduce the tax burdens of the estate. However, there are a number of other benefits to this estate planning tool.

These tricks may make child custody easier at Halloween

While Halloween may not be a major holiday on everyone's calendar in Michigan, it is often an event that involves many family traditions. Choosing or making a costume, attending parties and going trick or treating are events parents often relish as much as children. For divorced parents who have not included Halloween on their child custody calendars, negotiating parenting time may be in order.

Contempt is the number 1 divorce predictor

It seems as if researchers are constantly studying the reasons why marriages break up. While some studies come up with far-fetched causes for divorce, others make more sense and may help Michigan couples who are willing to take an honest look at themselves. One psychologist has studied married couples for decades, and he has named one behavior as an almost certain predictor of divorce.

How debt is handled during estate administration and probate

Anyone chosen to be the executor of an estate may find out quickly it is not an easy job. The many duties of the executor include gathering the assets and securing them until Michigan estate administration and probate are complete. However, a less commonly known job of an executor is to deal with the debts of the departed. This can be a tedious and time-consuming task, and it is often the reason for the delay in the distribution of assets.

Criminal defense options when teens face felony charges

Teenagers in Michigan may complain that there is not a lot to do. However, one young man allegedly found plenty to do and is now facing an uncertain future. Despite his age, he is charged with numerous felonies, any of which may result in prison or other serious penalties. In such situations, a strong criminal defense is the surest way of minimizing the negative consequences.

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