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Determining how your assets will be managed in life and distributed after your death is a highly complex and personal decision, one of the most important you are ever likely to make. Your family, financial and philanthropic goals need to be carefully weighed and considered in this process, and effectively balancing all of those goals requires skill and dedication.
When making decisions that will affect your family's future, you need an attorney you can depend on. Our firm's founder, Alyson Oliver, has proven time and again throughout her legal career to be a woman of integrity. Her legal team will help you take all of the necessary steps to secure your family's future and make sure your wishes are respected. We take a creative approach to all of the following:
Determining what will be done with your assets and your health when you are no longer able to choose is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. At Oliver Law Group, P.C., we have the experience and legal expertise to help you make the right decisions and put them into writing to make sure your wishes will be followed. If you're ready to take those steps, contact us today for your free consultation with an estate planning lawyer.
A will is a legal document that enables you to determine where your assets will be distributed after your passing. A well-written will can help you take care of the people you love and achieve your goals using the property you worked hard to obtain. By working with an estate planning lawyer to create a will, you can:
- Control the distribution of your assets
- Nominate a trusted person to handle your affairs
- Nominate a guardian to care for your minor children
- Facilitate the probate process and minimize potential disagreements and challenges
Without a will, the state determines what will be done with your assets, and the potential for disagreement between your heirs is high. As family law attorneys, we've all too often had to mediate disputes that could have been avoided with an ironclad will.
For many people, establishing a trust is an effective way to help manage a substantial estate after their passing. The laws governing trusts are complex, but an experienced attorney from our firm can provide informed advice to explain all of the legal formalities involved and make sure the trust does exactly what it was intended to do.
A living will is a legal document that records your wishes if you should become terminally ill or permanently unconscious. Under those circumstances, it will be impossible to communicate decisions about your medical care. A living will expresses your wishes regarding care. Living wills might outline general principles of care, such as "keep me comfortable, nothing more." Alternatively, you might wish to specify particular medical interventions, such as CPR, surgery or blood transfusions.
Michigan has not passed a law making living wills binding on health care providers. However, Michigan courts generally choose to honor living wills in cases where the person's wishes are disputed. While a living will does not absolutely guarantee that your wishes will be honored, it will increase the likelihood that the decisions made if you should become terminally ill will reflect your beliefs and desires.
There are no formal requirements for preparing a living will in Michigan, but there are several best practices to make your wishes more likely to be honored. Our family law attorneys can help you prepare a living will that is likely to be honored should you become incapacitated.
In a general sense, granting power of attorney grants another individual to act on your behalf; granting a durable power of attorney allows that individual to keep making decisions even if you become incapacitated. While a living will communicates your wishes for the decisions to be made, appointing an agent with durable power of attorney determines who will be making those decisions. An agent with power of attorney can handle your financial and health decisions when you are no longer able to make them yourself.
When choosing an agent to grant durable power of attorney, it is important to make sure he or she is trustworthy and has previous experience making important decisions. Consult with a family law attorney from our firm to help you choose the right agent and make sure the document granting power of attorney can be legal classified as durable.