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How Estate Planning Minimizes Sibling Rivalry

Make it clear how you want your assets divided to avoid disagreements between your children After spending your whole life working hard to build wealth, the last thing you would want is for money to somehow cause conflict amongst your children. Yet sadly enough, that’s precisely what’s likely to happen if you don’t make it known ahead of time how you wish to have your estate divided... 

Health Insurance and California Child Support

If you take a closer look at the California child support orders, you can usually note that they have the cost of health insurance factored into the child support number’s guideline. While most people are aware of the fact that the health insurance cost has been factored into this guideline, the reason for this action is still unclear on most people. In this blog, we are going to talk about how the... 

Bicycle accident deaths on the rise

In Florida and nationwide, the number of deaths in bicycle accidents is rising. Advocates say bicycle safety needs to be improved. According to a new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, the number of bicycle fatalities rose by 16 percent between 2010 and 2012. There were 621 bicycle deaths in 2010, 680 in 2011 and 722 in 2012. The authors of the association’s report said that... 

The Dilemma of Filing for Divorce – First or Second?

Is it better if I am able to file for divorce before my spouse? What is the benefit or drawback of filing for divorce first before the other spouse is able to? These are common questions that people going through a divorce tend to ask their lawyers. Before the answer to that question is given, let’s be clear on something. Divorce is a serious and life changing decision and no one should be rushed... 

What to Bring When Visiting an Attorney for the First Time

Double Board Certified Attorney Richard LaGarde explains what you should bring to your first attorney meeting. Allow a few moments after clicking the play icon for video to load.  Read More →

VA Benefit 3 Year Look Back Implemented in 2016

Michigan estate planning and elder law news brief. In 2014, Congress proposed a law that would penalize veterans and surviving spouses of veterans who were looking to apply for the VA Benefit if they transfered assets within the three year period from when they applied for benefits.  If the veteran or surviving spouse did transfer assets, there would be a penalty imposed on the veteran or surviving spouse. However,... 

Creating a ‘Shadow’ Estate Plan for the Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

Even if you don’t receive a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, you could deal with other chronic illnesses. You may need a plan customized to a particular illness Most Michigan residents want to spend their retirement years playing golf and traveling, but a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can change your leisure and health plans. Senior citizens often have to adopt incapacitation strategies to... 

Decanting a Trust Can Be an Effective Strategy to Update an Irrevocable Trust

By Alberthe Bernier, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP In the past, making alterations to irrevocable trusts was an expensive and public process that was generally done through the courts.  In 1992, New York was the first state to enact a decanting statute.  In 2011, this statute was amended, making it easier to alter irrevocable trusts. Trust decanting is a powerful tool which allows trustees to shift assets... 

U.S. Senate Calls for Release of Michigan Veteran Amir Hekmati from Iran

It has almost been one year since we last posted on Amir Hekmati, a Marine Veteran and Flint, MI resident, when he was approaching 1,000 days of imprisonment in Iran. Now, nearly 365 days later, Hekmati remains in captivity. The U.S. Senate called on Iran to immediately release the Marine veteran in a unanimously passed resolution. Hekmati was arrested while visiting relatives in Iran and he was accused... 

H-4 Work Permit

Who can get the work permit? Spouses of H-1B. The H-1B individual needs to have: (1) and Approved I-140 and (2) Maintain his or her H-1B status.   The H-4 person needs to also maintain his or her H-4 status   So this is not spouses for recent arrivals who just has H-1B and has not started the Green Card (Permanent Resident Card) process yet.  Note L-2 can apply for work permit immediately... 
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