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The Three Most Important Things Everyone Needs to Know...

...About Maintaining Control When It Comes To Estate Planning & Asset Protection

Listen as attorney, Nicole Wipp, discusses these three critical considerations when it comes to protecting yourself and your family.

  1. The Law
  2. The Issues
  3. Your Options

 

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The information in this video is not intended to be, nor should it be, construed as legal advice. It is for informational purposes only. For advice, specific to your situation, consult with a qualified attorney.

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Trusts 101: Estate Planning With Trusts

Uncategorized Apr 12, 2017

In today's video, I'm going to go over a little bit about trusts with you. I call this Trusts 101. The reason I'm doing this is because I know there's a lot of confusion about the types of trusts that are out there. I'm not going to get into real specifics about trusts, but I'm just going to give you this overview. So let's get started.

~Attorney Nicole Wipp

In this video we'll cover:

  • What a trust is
  • The two main types of trusts
  • The two categories of living trusts and the different goals that each can accomplish
  • What is meant by 'Funding' your trust

This is just a really quick Trusts 101. It's important to understand these concepts so that you make good legal decisions in the future.

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Prefer to read this information? Below is the video transcript.

Hi everybody, attorney Nicole Wipp here with the Family & Aging Law Center. Today I'm going to go over a little bit with you about trusts. I call this Trusts 101....

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Probate During Life?

Uncategorized Mar 03, 2017

Many People Believe That Probate Only Happens After Death....

Unfortunately, This Isn't Always the Case. 

 
 
Probate during life is a very real situation that many families face.
Watch the video below to see how lack of the simplest planning, means court for you and your loved ones.
 

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The information in this video is not intended to be, nor should it be, construed as legal advice. It is for informational purposes only. For advice, specific to your situation, consult with a qualified attorney. 

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What You Need To Know About … Guardianships & Healthcare Powers of Attorney (Part Two)

Uncategorized Feb 28, 2017

In Part One, we covered what a guardianship is and why a guardianship is not the best solution for most people. Understanding how guardianships and powers of attorney really work is essential when a loved one is in rehabilitation, or in long term care,  – even if the loved one is competent to make their own decisions. As clients frequently note to me, it’s what you don’t know that can hurt you.

Part Two

Alternative to Guardianship – Medical Power of Attorney (POA) / Patient Advocate Designation

The benefits of pre-planning are numerous. Ultimately, having good powers of attorney in place is a cheaper and easier option that places the least amount of burden on the family and provides more options. Additionally:

  • Powers of attorney are voluntary, PRIVATE agreements.
  • They are cost effective – one of the most cost effective documents done in estate planning.
  • The Court is not involved. No one has to pre-approve the signing of the DNR. No one has...
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Planning for Your Children's Sake is Essential

Uncategorized Feb 25, 2017

It's Hard to Think About the Unthinkable

Every day, we as parents make decision after decision about our kids, for our kids, because of our kids. Yet so many parents fail to make one of the most important decisions they need to make - what will happen to their kids if something happens to them.

 

 

Why Are You Delaying Estate Planning?

For many couples with young children, the expense of actually sitting down with an attorney may be the leading factor in delaying planning their estate. When you're trying to pay a mortgage, an estate plan may seem like a luxury you can put off until a later time. But consider the possibility that something does happen to you and/or your spouse. What would happen to your children? If you don't decide who will take care of your children and put that decision into an estate plan, the court (strangers to your family) will make the decision for you. 

And that may not be the best decision for your kids. 

Some parents delay estate...

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What You Need To Know About … Guardianships & Healthcare Powers of Attorney

Uncategorized Feb 22, 2017

Part One

When a person has a loved one in rehabilitation or in long term care, understanding how guardianships and powers of attorney really work is essential – even if the loved one is competent to make their own decisions. As clients frequently note to me, it’s what you don’t know that can hurt you.

First, What is a Guardianship?

 

A guardianship is a court procedure through which a person or organization is given the responsibility to make decisions about the medical care of another individual (but to be clear – only medical, not financial. The financial court proceeding is known as a conservatorship). In order to have a Guardian appointed:

  • A person (the “ward”) must be unable to make informed decisions independently (incompetent) and
  • The guardianship must be necessary to provide continuing care and supervision of the individual.

A Guardianship is Not the Best Solution for Most People – Consider Powers of Attorney Instead

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The Seven Dumbest Things People Are Told About Estate Planning - Part Two

Uncategorized Feb 20, 2017

Part Two

In our family estate planning & elder law office, we often find that people have misconceptions about estate planning that they get though the internet, their friends, and even other professionals.  There are various problems with the Part 2 topics below, but the most fundamental one is that believing any one of them may lead to bad decision-making

4. Talking about estate taxes is a waste of time.

For a majority of Americans, in the current tax year, estate taxes are not an issue – the exemption is currently at 5.49 million dollars. Every dollar above that exemption amount is taxed at a 40% tax rate for estate or “inheritance” taxes. So for those that have less, estate taxes aren’t an issue. This year.

That being said, Congress can change the estate tax exemption (they say they won’t – do you believe anything Congress says these days?). Unless you know that you will die in 2017, you can’t know...

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Three Surprising Things I’ve Learned Working for an Elder Law Attorney (You Might Be Surprised Too)

Uncategorized Feb 17, 2017

I’m not an Elder Law attorney – and I don’t play one on TV. That being said, I’ve had the pleasure of working at the Family & Aging Law Center since December of 2015. What I’ve learned has been eye-opening – even shocking. As a well-educated person, I always thought I knew just enough about estate planning and elder law. I was wrong.

~Julie Taylor

First, I’m going to tell you a little bit about what I’ve learned about long term care in Michigan – which is, for most, also surprising. Generally speaking, the cost of skilled long term care can range anywhere from $8,000 - $14,000 a month (or more!). Shocking, isn’t it? I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t have that kind of money! If my husband or I were ever faced with one (or both) of us needing care, I wouldn’t want to see everything we’ve worked for disappear. Even worse, what happens after our life savings goes to the cost of care?...

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The Seven Dumbest Things People Are Told About Estate Planning - Part One

Uncategorized Feb 15, 2017

Part One

In our family estate planning & elder law office, we often find that people have misconceptions about estate planning that they get though the internet, their friends, and even other professionals.  There are various problems with the Part 1 topics below, but the most fundamental one is that believing any one of them may lead to bad decision-making

1. Estate planning is about planning for your death.

Most people think that estate planning is all about “what happens if I die” (you will!). That being said, when done properly, estate planning is about much more than simple death planning. It is also about ensuring that any shift in control, whether due to disability during life or death, is done in the simplest and easiest way possible; about providing loved ones with peace of mind and relieving them from burdensome decisions that you should make on your own; and, in the best case scenario, about ensuring that assets don’t get depleted by...

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The Biggest Threat to Your Estate Plan:  It’s What You DON'T Know

Uncategorized Feb 13, 2017

Let’s Face It: You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

 

When it comes to estate planning, the real problem is simple:  you think you know.  The internet, friends, neighbors – even the government shapes what we think we know when it comes to estate planning and asset protection. 

 

The reality is, though, that what I’m about to tell you is something that most attorneys don’t know – not even traditional estate planning attorneys.  Yes, it’s true. 

 

Long-Term Care is One of the Biggest Unresolved Issues in Estate Planning -That being said, long term care planning isn’t just about long term care insurance!

The need for long-term care is also one of the biggest threats to your lifetime financial security.  The statistics show us that a full one –third of all persons over 65 will have a need for long-term care, and a full one in ten will need long-term care for five or more...

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