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“Bankruptcy, Death, and Probate”

BANKRUPTCY, DEATH, AND PROBATE In a Chapter 7 (liquidating) bankruptcy proceeding, it is often said the creditors are fighting over a corpse. On occasion, however, a person will be in the midst of a bankruptcy proceeding and suddenly pass away. The question then...

“Divorce and Estate Planning”

DIVORCE and ESTATE PLANNING Quite often I am asked by individuals who have recently gone through a divorce: “Do I have to do anything about my estate plan now that I am no longer married?” The answer often depends upon whether they have a Will or Trust Agreement...

“Driver’s License Appeals to the Circuit Court”

DRIVER'S LICENSE APPEALS TO THE CIRCUIT COURT So, you have gone through an administrative hearing before an Administrative Law Judge with the Drivers Assessment Appeal Division of the Michigan Secretary of State in an attempt to get your driving privileges restored,...

“Shades of Gray – Part Two”

“Shades of Gray” Part Two In a previous blog we wrote about the increase in divorce proceedings among older couples in their 50s and 60s and approaching retirement. We discussed several reasons for that, and here we explore some of the unique issues facing a couple...

“Administering the Small Probate Estate – Part I”

ADMINISTERING THE SMALL PROBATE ESTATE – PART I In many cases, after a loved one has passed away, you find that there really are not a whole lot of assets to be dealt with, or “administered”.   This could be because the deceased simply was a person of little means;...

“Tax Exemption Questions”

TAX EXEMPTIONS QUESTIONS In my divorce I bargained to receive the tax exemptions which the Tax Reform Legislation of 2017 has cancelled.  What do I do now? The Tax Reform Legislation passing in 2017 is the most sweeping tax legislation to be enacted since 1986 and...

“Orthodontic Expenses in a Divorce”

Orthodontic Expenses in a Divorce When a parent hears that his or her child will need braces the first thought is likely to be: “How will I pay for this?” How shall we share the expense? In a Divorce situation the cost of braces should be shared according to the...

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