Pen laying on top of a Will for estate planning

Wills vs. Trusts – Part 2

by Christine Steinmetz, J.D., Hotline Attorney This post is the second in a series regarding wills and trusts, part one can be found here. In our previous post, we defined a will as a document that contains your instructions about how you want your assets (also known as your estate) distributed upon your passing. A will allows you to determine who receives what share of your … Continue reading Wills vs. Trusts – Part 2

Making it Easy to Spot and Report Suspected Exploitation

by Kimberly E. O’Leary, Professor Law & Director, Sixty Plus, Inc. Elderlaw Clinic, Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School Many elder law attorneys encourage their clients to sign Durable Powers of Attorney, and my office does too.  Having a DPOA can reduce the chances of an older adult having a guardianship imposed and thus, increase independence longer into life. Your chosen agent can help … Continue reading Making it Easy to Spot and Report Suspected Exploitation

Wills vs. Trusts – Part 1

by Christine Steinmetz, J.D., Hotline Attorney The Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors receives many calls each week regarding estate planning documents. Clients often call with questions regarding wills and trusts and what are the differences between the two. Many clients have heard of these documents, yet they are confused as to what each document can do for them. Wills and trusts are estate planning documents … Continue reading Wills vs. Trusts – Part 1

Estate Planning: Why is it Important?

by Caitlin Zanin On May 9, 2014, Elder Law of Michigan held a free estate planning clinic at the East Glen Apartments in East Lansing with support from Ingham County TRIAD.  Nine attorneys volunteered their time and talent to draft Wills, Durable Power of Attorney for Finances, and Designation of Patient Advocate forms for 16 low-income seniors. As a new intern for Elder Law of … Continue reading Estate Planning: Why is it Important?

Have You Considered Estate Planning for Your Digital Assets?

In a world where technology has become so intertwined in our everyday lives, it is important to consider digital assets when going through the estate planning process. Many never consider their digital assets when going through the estate planning process, but a lack of preparation in this area can often incur extra costs and confusion. The following article breaks down what digital assets are, why digital assets are important, … Continue reading Have You Considered Estate Planning for Your Digital Assets?