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The law firm of Michigan Legal Solutions. Their attorneys regularly deal with the common legal issues that Southeastern Michigan residents encounter on a day-to-day basis. They have been providing the residents of these communities with legal representation of the highest quality for more than five decades. Their extensive knowledge of Michigan’s legal system has allowed them to promptly address the questions and concerns of their clients who live in the Southeastern Michigan area.

Michigan Legal Solutions legal team have the experience necessary to help area clients with many areas of the law including bankruptcies, divorce and related family law issues, buying and selling real estate, preparing wills and estate plans and the probating of estates. The attorneys in this law firm also have experience in various types of litigation, including cases involving real estate, business, personal injury, matters involving land use, zoning, and condominium or subdivision development.

The Importance of Consistently Updating your Estate Plan

Estate plans should be updated every few years to ensure they accurately represent your wishes and provide the best benefits possible to your loved ones. Estate planning is something that every adult should take the time to complete, no matter their age or financial status. Whether you prefer to create a standard will or need to make a more comprehensive estate plan or set up a trust, an experienced estate planning lawyer can help you through the process more easily. However, it is important to remember that drafting an estate plan is not a one-time experience. A big mistake many people make is creating an estate plan, and then failing to update it every few years to account for inevitable changes that occur. What Should You Do to Keep your Estate Plan Current? If you have an estate plan in place, you need to take time every few years to review it with your estate planning attorney. Look for changes that need to be made regarding dependents, accounts, assets, debts, beneficiaries, personal representative, agents and trustees. It is also important to consider who you have designated as your representative should you need emergency medical care and are unable to make [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:25:54+00:00 July 7th, 2015|Michigan Legal Solutions|Comments Off on The Importance of Consistently Updating your Estate Plan

Business Law Tips: Protecting your New Company

Business law attorneys can protect your new company in three simple steps so you have the foundation and direction necessary to progress successfully. Starting a business is an exciting experience. As an entrepreneur you have no doubt invested many hours of work and thought into your company and it is important to protect your work. You most likely have an idea about how you want the company to run, who will be serving in different positions, and what their responsibilities will be. To ensure these ideas are executed correctly, you need to discuss them thoroughly with your partners and communicate them clearly to the rest of the team. Three Steps to Success There are three simple steps you can take to ensure your company runs smoothly and efficiently. A business law attorney can help with each process so that every piece is documented clearly and complies with state law. Draft a Business Plan: Perhaps one of the most important things you will do when organizing a new business is drafting the business plan. This document outlines many important aspects of your business including clientele, location, operations, financing, leadership, employee structure, business strategy and more.   By creating a solid business plan, [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:25:55+00:00 July 6th, 2015|Michigan Legal Solutions|Comments Off on Business Law Tips: Protecting your New Company

Tips for Managing a Conservatorship

Probate lawyers will assist clients in effectively understanding and managing the responsibilities of a conservatorship. The probate process can be a complex and confusing experience, especially when there are unique circumstances involved that may complicate matters. This is why it is so important to hire a professional probate lawyer when you are dealing with the probate court. A probate lawyer can help clients navigate the requirements and stipulations of the probate process in order to complete the process in the most efficient and effective way. What Is a Conservator? One unique circumstance that can occur which may be confusing for families is conservatorship. In fact, many people have never heard of this term until they are required to address it. A conservator is a person who is appointed by the probate court to protect an individual’s assets and financial affairs during the time of their incapacity. This may apply to a minor or an adult and the conservator can be named in advance or may be appointed by a probate court. This person is responsible for managing the estate and financial obligations of the incapacitated person and is given the legal permission to act in their behalf in what is [...]

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Estate Planning for Your Business

Estate planning lawyers can assist business owners in preparing for a smooth ownership and inheritance transition process for their company after they pass on. There are many critical factors to consider when it comes to estate planning. In addition to preparing for the management of your property and assets, there may be other components of your financial portfolio to consider including businesses or investments. In fact, many families have spent most of their adult lives building up a successful business. If you own a business, it is imperative that you create an estate plan that includes provisions for the management and transfer of ownership following your death.   Otherwise, assets and property related to the business may end up in probate court and disputes regarding ownership or management could tie up the business for an undetermined amount of time. This can have a negative effect on customers and employees and can be avoided by working with an estate planner to create a specific plan of action. Business Ownership There are different aspects of a business to consider when creating a business estate plan. One of the most important requirements is to plan for the transfer of ownership. If it is a [...]

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Enjoy Peace of Mind with a Proactive Estate Plan

Estate planning provides adults peace of mind knowing their families and wishes are protected no matter what the future brings. The baby boomer generation is the largest population in the United States with over 100 million adults. In 2014, the final wave of this group turned 50, marking an important transition for many as they approach retirement and the beginning of the golden years. During this time of life, it is important to continue to make smart financial decisions and plans to maintain a high quality of life for oneself and your family. It is wise to take time every few years to review your financial situation and create or update your estate planning. This way, you will have peace of mind knowing that you will continue your independence and financial security as you age and that your family will be protected and provided for in the event of volatile market conditions, health emergencies, or other unforeseen events. When it comes to estate planning, there are many different factors to consider: The Basics There are a few basic considerations that should be planned for immediately if they have not already been addressed. First, you should ensure there is someone authorized [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:25:56+00:00 July 6th, 2015|Michigan Legal Solutions|Comments Off on Enjoy Peace of Mind with a Proactive Estate Plan

Business Law Insights: Which Business Entity Is Best for You?

When creating a business, it is important to consult a business law attorney to understand the unique differences between each business entity type and determine which entity best meets your business needs. The initial stages of starting a business are exciting because this is the time when you lay the foundation for future success. For many people, this early time of setting goals, creating products and services, and building towards the future are filled with excitement, enthusiasm, and energy. During this period of creative effort, it is also important that business owners invest the necessary time and attention into careful planning. By creating a solid business plan, owners are able to develop a strong foundation for their business so that it can grow in a sustainable and successful way into the future. One essential component of business planning is deciding on the best type of business entity to use. It is important for business owners to consult a business law professional when deciding which kind of entity to form. There are four different kinds of business entities which each present their own list of positive and negative factors. These include: Sole Proprietorship This is the most common kind of business [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:25:58+00:00 June 11th, 2015|Michigan Legal Solutions|Comments Off on Business Law Insights: Which Business Entity Is Best for You?

United States Supreme Court Hands Defeat to Struggling Homeowners Who File for Bankruptcy

Underwater homeowners who file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection are still liable for secondary loans tied to their properties, the Supreme Court said on Monday. In a unanimous decision, the Court in Bank of America, N.A. v. Caulkett said that underwater borrowers, i.e., those who owe more on a mortgage than the home is worth — cannot void or “strip off” a completely unsecured junior lien when they file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. A junior lien, such as a home-equity loan, is taken after a first mortgage, and uses the home as collateral for repayment of the loan. In Caulkett, two borrowers each had two mortgages on their homes, with Bank of America holding the junior liens. Both borrowers owed more on their first mortgages than their homes were worth and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. The borrowers wanted to “strip off” the junior mortgages to eliminate those debts completely The Supreme Court, citing a decision from a 1991 case, Dewsnup v. Timm, that involved a partially secured claim, held that the lenders still have a secured claim, “regardless of whether the value of that property would be sufficient to cover the claim. The Caulkett decision is a [...]

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Protect Your Property and Interests with an Experienced Real Estate Attorney

Real estate attorneys protect the interests of their clients involved in a variety of real estate transactions including leases, sales, and purchases. Whether you are considering leasing, selling or buying a residential or commercial property, we highly recommend that you consult a real estate attorney to ensure that your interests are properly protected. At Seglund Gabe Quinn Elowsky & Pawlak, PLC, we offer a wide range of legal services that pertain to real estate, including the purchase, sale or lease of residential or commercial property. We have all heard horror stories from friends and co-workers about miserable experiences they have had at or after real estate closings. While it is generally important to have attorney representation through the closing of the transaction, these kinds of problems can generally be avoided by carefully drafting documents ahead of time that properly outline the terms and conditions for the transaction. How to Get Started Once you have decided to buy, sell or lease real estate, consult a real estate attorney to help you draw up the terms of the initial transaction documents. He or she will discuss your goals for the property and any specific requirements you have in mind. By clearly addressing [...]

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Business Law Insights: Advantages of a limited liability company in Michigan

  When creating a business, it is important to consult a business law attorney to understand the unique differences between each business entity type and determine which entity best meets your business needs. The initial stages of starting a business are exciting because this is the time when you lay the foundation for future success. For many people, this early time of setting goals, creating products and services, and building towards the future are filled with excitement, enthusiasm, and energy. During this period of creative effort, it is also important that business owners invest the necessary time and attention into careful planning. By creating a solid business plan, owners are able to develop a strong foundation for their business so that it can grow in a sustainable and successful way into the future. One essential component of business planning is deciding on the best type of business entity to use. It is important for business owners to consult a business law professional when deciding which kind of entity to form. There are four different kinds of business entities which each present their own list of positive and negative factors. These include: Sole Proprietorship This is the most common kind of [...]

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What is Probate?

Not to be confused with a person on probation, the Probate Court handles a decedent's estate You've heard the term, nodded appropriately, but do you really understand what probate means? Probate is often described as the process of taking care of a decedent's estate. When someone dies, the probate issues concerning his or her estate can be complicated. Deciding how to legally disperse an estate and to whom, and/or to establish guardianship or conservatorship, falls to the Probate Court. Decedent A Decedent is a person who is no longer living. To administer the decedent's property that was left behind, the probate court will appoint a personal representative. Previously known as the  executor, the personal representative will utilize the decedent's will or, if no will was created, Michigan law will determine how the estate will be distributed. Special Needs The Probate Court handles all legal action that is necessary when minors or adults with special needs, such as those with developmental disabilities, are in need of someone to act as their guardian for their care and custody or someone to act as conservator and manage their financial affairs. Conservator: The probate court will appoint a conservator to protect an individual's assets [...]

By | 2017-01-01T11:26:05+00:00 May 13th, 2015|Michigan Legal Solutions|Comments Off on What is Probate?