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The relationship between heirs, life insurance and probate

Almost all Michigan residents have probably heard about the importance of having estate planning documents prepared before the end of their life. These documents let your loved ones know how to divide your assets. In some cases, they can also lay out the plan for your end of life care. When most people start to consider the assets they need to include as part of the estate plan, which may include a will, trusts, powers of attorneys and other documents, they list items like real estate and bank accounts. While those are important parts of the estate, people should also consider life insurance policies when they create estate planning documents.

Michigan questionnaires sent out for probate jury duty

In Midland County, Michigan, thousands of people were sent questionnaires that relate to jury duty. This form is known as a Juror Qualification Questionnaire. It does not mean that the people who get it have been selected to serve, but it is a step in that direction.

Estate planning for charitable donations upon death

The days of estates automatically going to family members when someone passes away seem to be a thing of the past. Many people nowadays are choosing to leave their full estate, or part of their estate, to charities and other organizations. Readers in Michigan might like to know about some of the reasons this shift is occurring.

Estate planning in Michigan to care for your pet

Many pet owners love their pets like members of the family. Sadly, the law doesn't look at pets as members of the family. Instead, pets are legally considered property. Just because your pet is considered property from a legal standpoint doesn't mean that you can't plan for your pet's care once you are gone. Michigan readers might like to learn how a pet can be included in estate planning documents.

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