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First Time Drunk Driving in Shelby Township and Macomb Township

A first time drunk driving charge is frightening. You were out for dinner, or enjoying time with friends, and had a couple drinks. You felt fine to drive. On your way home, perhaps you swerved, crossed a yellow line or were slightly speeding. Whichever, you were pulled over by the police. You had to perform roadside tests and take a breath test. You were arrested and now are being charged with a DUI.  

The role of an executor during probate administration

What does an executor do? That may be a question that many Michigan residents have asked themselves after finding out that they have been named executors of loved ones' estates. The truth is, this really is a significant job, and how it is fulfilled can greatly affect the probate administration process.

The executor has many tasks that he or she is assigned to complete. These may include locating the will and/or other estate planning documents, gathering assets, notifying creditors of the deceased's passing, paying taxes and addressing any claims made against the estate -- among so many other things. With so much on one's plate, it can certainly feel like an overwhelming assignment -- one that not everyone will feel confident to take on.

First Time Shoplifting in Sterling Heights and Clinton Township

You shoplifted for the first time. You stole something and broke the law. It was a mistake. A lapse in judgment due to immaturity or financial hardship. You are scared and nervous. Shoplifting is a crime, and all criminal charges carry potential jail time.

Macomb County DUI - Driver License penalties

Drunk driving driver license consequences are on my mind with every DUI case I handle. In fact, a primary consideration for most drunk driving attorneys is someone's driver's license.

Including an ethical will in Michigan estate planning

When most Michigan residents think about planning their estate, it is the practical details that they spend the most time on. Matters of inheritance, issues related to powers of attorney and whether to create a trust are some of the important considerations. Few people give much thought to the more emotional aspects of estate planning, which is often far more meaningful to those left behind. One way to handle the more personal side of estate planning is by creating an ethical will to accompany the legal will.

An ethical will is nothing more than the vehicle through which an individual leaves behind his or her hopes, dreams and wishes for loved ones. It can take many different forms, according to the desires of the person creating the will. Some people even choose to create their ethical will to please the people who will receive it. A loved one who enjoys scrapbooking might receive a scrapbook of cherished memories and photos, while a relative who is obsessed with music might enjoy a video of images accompanied by carefully chosen songs.

Macomb County DUI - No Jail

A DUI charge in any township, city or county is unsettling. I spend a great deal of time helping people deal with the anxiety and fear of going to jail. That anxiety and fear is even greater with today's severe DUI penalties. People are most fearful immediately after a DUI arrestBut know this: immediately contacting an attorney is the very first step in reducing or avoiding jail. The sooner your attorney can get to work, the better.

3 reasons you should start estate planning in your 20s or 30s

If you are not even 40, estate planning might be the last thing on your mind. However, this is an important consideration regardless of your age. While you are busy enjoying the present, make sure you start preparing for the inevitable future. If the worst should happen, such as a car accident or debilitating illness, you can ensure your assets are passed on as you wish and save your loved one from legal hassles.

Writing a will or establishing a trust does not have to be a scary process. Here are some of the top reasons you should begin planning for the future now.

Could incentive trusts have a place in Michigan estate planning?

When individuals think about how and to whom they want to leave their assets in the event of their passing, many family members may come to mind. Of course, some of those family members may be children or otherwise unfit to immediately inherit large sums of money or other assets. As a result, many Michigan residents may choose to utilize trusts as part of their estate planning in order to bequeath assets on their own terms.

With incentive trusts, individuals can leave behind money or other property to parties with the stipulation that the parties meet certain terms. These terms can range from general to specific, depending on the circumstances involved. For instance, a common condition that many people utilize with trusts is that the beneficiary must reach a certain age before accessing the assets in the trust.

Estate planning basics to offer peace of mind

When people die, they often hope that their surviving family members do not suffer and the legacy they leave behind is filled with happy memories and not stressful court proceedings. Over half of Americans do not have an estate plan, and sadly that leaves them and their families vulnerable to higher taxes, inheritance confusion and court. Estate planning is an important tool to ensure that your final wishes are carried out in the easiest and most efficient manner. Just a few basic steps can help residents of Michigan be prepared for their future needs. 

The best advice is to get started on the estate plan today. It is better to be safe than sorry, and a person can never know exactly when he or she will need to implement the plan. Another important consideration is to keep the plan up-to-date. When a life milestone passes, one should check in with his or her planning documents such as wills, powers of attorney and beneficiary documents to ensure that everything is still properly in place.

Michigan estate planning: Do not hospitalize

Advance directives can be put in place to protect one's wants and wishes for health care treatment. Michigan residents have several to choose from, though there is one in particular that many are not aware even exists. This is called a do not hospitalize order, and for some it would be wise considering when going through the estate planning process.

A do not hospitalize order is exactly that, a signed form stipulating that one does not want to be placed in a hospital for care in his or her final days of life. This is an understandable desire. Many people would rather leave this world while in the comfort of their own homes.

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