Family Law Attorney
Wills and Trusts - A person who dies without a will is considered "intestate". When that happens the state of Michigan has adapted laws that will automatically ascertain your heirs and distribute your estate. Wills are important to have because they give you the control to specifically state how you intend to distribute your property upon your death
A simple will can give outright gifts and han complex provisions for future interests or establishing trusts. Michigan also has a statutory will, which can make the process simple and inexpensive. Bit wills can be used with a trust as part of an overall estate plan to help minimize tax liabilities. A trust can be used to save taxes, provide assistance in managing assets while delaying distribution at a later date, and can also provide for multiple or successive beneficiaries.
A trust is a relationship where one person holds title of property for another person, who is called a beneficiary. A trust can be a stand alone document(living trust) or included as part of a will (testamentary trust). The purpose of a trust, like a will, is to ensure your property gets distributed to the right people.
For the safety and security of your family and loved ones, you should consider an estate plan that includes a will and/or trust. And please contact our office if you are interested in obtaining a simple will and/or trust.
Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare/Financial Matters
Power of Attorney is a written authorization for one to act on another's behalf for private affairs, business, or legal matters. Often they are drawn up for healthcare and financial matters. In the event of a permanent disability or incompetence, the state of Michigan has laws that permit the courts to appoint guardians and conservators to manage a disabled person's affairs. This can mean delay, significant expense, and a public procedure that can be humiliating for the disabled person and his/her family.
The durable power of attorney offers an alternative to this. You can make a durable power of attorney and name whom you wish to make important decisions for you without court intervention. But planning is crucial, because once a disability has occurred, it is too late to sign a durable power of attorney.
Divorce Lawyer In Grand Ledge
Divorce is the legal dissolution of a marital relationship. Matters pertaining to divorce are always emotional and multidimensional. We provide agressive representation in divorce, to help ensure you will receive a fair and equitable distribution of the marital estate, and fair and comprehensive child custody.
Child Custody/Parenting Time
It is important to understand that there are two types of custody: Legal and Physical. Legal Custody is the right to make important decisions regarding your child's health, schooling, spirituality, etc. Physical custody is the actual living arrangements for the child. With a change in custody or parenting time, there are important legal questions to consider:
- Is there an established custodial environment?
- Is there proper cause to change custody?
- -Has there been a change of circumstances?
Many times in an adversarial divorce, a parent is left with little to no custody or parenting time. We have been successful in getting clients the custody and parenting time that they deserve!
Child Support Modifications
Modifications in child support are available until the child reaches 18 years of age. Michigan law provides for modification:
As the circumstances of the parents and the benefit of the children require require.
Upon proper application of the court and due notice to the opposite party.
For proper cause shown or because of a change in circumstances.
It is also important to know that the friend of the court is required to periodically review support orders and dependent health care coverage in open cases. If you are interested in changing your child support order, please contact us.