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What Happens if You Die Overseas?

Posted by Kimberly Crank Browning | Dec 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

Thousands of U.S. citizens die overseas each year. When it happens, the most immediate concern for their families is bringing them home for a funeral. But when the dust settles, these families, like any other, have to turn their attention to probate issues and settling the decedent's estate. The ...

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way to Write a Will: Examining the Challenges of Holographic and Electronic Wills

Posted by Kimberly Crank Browning | Jul 12, 2022 | 0 Comments

In 1948, the heirs of a Saskatchewan farmer walked into a courtroom with a tractor fenderin hand. The farmer, George Cecil Harris, scratched the words “In case I die in this mess, Ileave all to the wife” on June 8 as he lay trapped under the tractor. Saskatchewan law at thetime allowed handwritte...

Estate Planning and Cryptocurrency

Posted by Kimberly Crank Browning | Mar 04, 2022 | 0 Comments

In the last few years, cryptocurrency has been all the rage in investing. More than 15% of Americans have traded in digital currency, looking for a reliable long-term way to maintain value. Because digital currencies are limited in number, governments can't manipulate them, and digital currency i...

Special Needs Trusts— Recent Changes That May Impact You and Your Family

Posted by Kimberly Crank Browning | Feb 07, 2022 | 0 Comments

A special needs trust can be a crucial tool to protect the financial well-being of a disabled person. However, when considering the creation of a special needs trust, recent changes in the law are significantly impacting special needs trusts. Worryingly, gaps in the relevant new law leave many questions unanswered. This means that families should be carefully crafting special needs trusts, reviewing existing special needs trusts, and preparing for any legal changes yet to come. Let’s discuss some issues families should be aware of.

Holiday Gatherings and Family Disputes

Posted by Christina M. Lejkowski | Dec 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

Although the holiday season brings happy memories and cheerful thoughts to many people, for some it is a stressful time and fighting increases. Clients wonder how to initiate a divorce in Michigan and how that process will affect their children. Contact Great Lakes Family Probate & Estates to discuss your options regarding divorce, custody, and parenting time.  Call or click today for a free consultation with a GLFPE attorney at 1-888-554-5373, [email protected]

Digital Assets —  Understanding Your Digital Estate and How to Protect It 

Posted by Kimberly Crank Browning | Nov 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

The markets for digital assets, such as cryptocurrencies continue to grow. More and more information is stored with cloud services, or on a computer system server. Have you thought about allowing someone else to either take control of or to own all of your photographs, emails, music and social media? Have you taken any steps to organize or protect your digital assets? There are some very simple steps that can be taken to protect your digital assets.

How Should You Talk to Your Parents if You Suspect Their Financial Affairs Are a Mess?

Posted by Kimberly Crank Browning | Oct 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Discussing specifics about your parents' assets with them can be very uncomfortable and is usually avoided until life's circumstances force the issue to be raised. Often times it is discovered that had the conversation taken place sooner, assets could have been preserved and court procedures could have been avoided. Experienced elder law and estate planning attorneys provide suggestions on how to find a way to ease into this discussion with with your parents and lead the discussion to achieve results.

The Biden Administration’s Biggest Changes to Tax and Estate Law in 2021: An Executive Summary

Posted by Kimberly Crank Browning | Oct 06, 2021 | 0 Comments

With any new presidential administration come new financial priorities, and the Biden administration has been no exception. In 2021, we have some major overhauls to tax and estate law, including the expiration of many pandemic-related credit and assistance programs. Here, we'll summarize some of the major tax and estate law changes for the year and what we might expect looking forward to 2022.

Practice Panther Spotlights GLFPE

Posted by Great Lakes | Jun 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

We're excited to be featured in PracticePanther‘s Law Firm of the Week series! Learn more about each of our practice specializations and how we lead with a client-focused approach at our firm:…/great-lakes-family…/

Family Cottages and Succession Planning

Posted by Great Lakes | Jun 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

Family cottages hold happy memories for many Michiganders.  Clients often inquire about succession planning strategies to keep the beloved getaway home in the family.  A client's family dynamics and overall objectives determine the best strategy.  Options available include: distribute the propert...

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