For a variety of reasons, people sometimes want some or all of their assets to pass directly to specific individuals upon their deaths, outside of Michigan probate. One way to accomplish this is to set up a “payable on death” (POD) account for money in a bank account or a “transfer on death” (TOD) account if... 
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Legendary disc jockey and radio host Casey Kasem died last year, as many of you in Michigan remember. There was a legal fight in the final months of his life in which Kasem’s kids from his first marriage were battling Jean Kasem, Casey’s widow, over how to care for the ailing icon as he suffered through a form... 
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How Much Does It Cost to Get a Guardian Appointed? By Bernard A. Krooks, Esq. Clients often ask us how much it will cost to get a guardian appointed for a parent or other relative. It is hard to answer with precision, but it is a fair question. Let us see if we can give you some guidance. First, let’s not forget... 
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By Bernard A. Krooks, Esq. Clients often ask us how much it will cost to get a guardian appointed for a parent or other relative. It is hard to answer with precision, but it is a fair question. Let us see if we can give you some guidance. First, let’s not forget that you should be doing everything possible to ensure... 
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Nearly 100 veterans and their family members attended a community forum last week to get information on the effects of exposure to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. From the 1950s to 1987, some 750,000 people were exposed to polluted drinking water, which contained harmful chemicals from... 
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Do you want to get your child custody and support agreements made? Are you looking for an attorney to litigate it for you? Before you do that though, consider getting the services of a divorce mediator. A large number of parents who tend to go to litigation are left wanting and disappointed at the child custody and... 
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One of the areas of law that has been in the spotlight in recent times is the effect of bankruptcy on the payments of child and spousal support. A large number of people have started to file for bankruptcy in that a declaration of bankruptcy can bring an automatic end to the payment of child and spousal support. This... 
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The old idea of retirement planning being a “three-legged stool” still holds basically true, but it’s also a little more complicated than it used to be. Individual retirement accounts, or IRAs, have been a valuable tool for retirement and estate planning for several decades. It has been a great... 
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Charitable giving is a way to benefit a good cause while also earning tax advantages. However, there are ways to make charitable gifts even more advantageous, both during one’s lifetime and as part of one’s estate plan. One method is to donate appreciated securities. If you own stock that has appreciated... 
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An obstetrician who is now under investigation by a state medical board after the deaths of three babies in home deliveries was also the defendant in a recent birth injury lawsuit that never resolved clearly. The parents of a child who suffered a disability filed the birth injury suit in 2007. The lawsuit alleged that... 
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