Someone who is making estate plans in Michigan may believe that a trust is his or her best option to avoid costly estate taxes. This is not necessarily the case, but there are a number of important and valid reasons why a trust may still be the most effective way to ensure that his or her estate is managed the way it should be.
An estate plan is not something young people often think about. The idea normally surfaces around the time the first child comes along, but the new parents might not take action on it right away.
If you are worried about how debt, Medicaid, probate and other factors will affect your estate after you die, you may want to consider a ladybird deed. According to the Michigan Bar Journal, this document transfers real estate to your beneficiary upon your death, but it allows you to retain the use of the property for as long as you live. Not only that, you can continue to make all the decisions regarding the property without the input of the grantee, including selling it or choosing a new beneficiary.
In planning long-term financial goals, including estate planning and end-of-life issues, people may be interested in all the benefits of trusts. According to MichiganLegalAid.org, a person, known as a grantor, who chooses to create a trust designates another person or entity, the trustee, to hold the title of an asset. The type of trust will affect who can be the trustee, and also who may receive the benefits of the trust. It also determines control.
You may assume that if you die without a will, your assets automatically go to your spouse and children. While there is some truth to this, Michigan has very specific rules for the distribution of your estate to your heirs, as well as definitions of who your heirs are. We at the Bingham Legal Group PC often provide legal information about state laws and inheritances.