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Get a Jump-Start on the Estate Planning Process

Time seems to be the one thing we just can’t get enough of. This is especially true if you are one of our nurses or frontline healthcare workers. You work tirelessly caring for others and may not have a lot of free time to work on your estate planning. If you are able to answer the following questions or at least think them through, you can get a jump start on the estate planning process today.

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Caring For Yourself With The Right Estate Planning Prescription

What have you done to prepare for your own care? Working together, we can craft the best possible estate planning prescription that will protect you today, tomorrow, and well into the future using the best legal tools available.

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How to Protect Your Great Ideas or Works for Your Family

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Importance of Properly Revoking Powers of Attorney

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Who's On Your Team?

Estate planning is not just about what happens to your stuff when you die. It is about coordinating all aspects of your life so you can be taken care of during times when you are unable to care for yourself, and your money and property are distributed to the individuals you have selected upon your death, in the way you want.

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Are Any of These 11 Mistakes Lurking in Your Estate Plan?

1) Lack of Healthcare and Disability Planning. The majority of deaths occur in hospitals or other institutions. Patients may be incapacitated to the point where they can no longer communicate their healthcare wishes.

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Three Legal Things to Do After a Scary Health Diagnosis

A scary health diagnosis can be emotionally and logistically challenging for many reasons. For instance, how can you take care of your family if you’re physically incapacitated?

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Who Should Be My Medical Agent?

Depending upon the state in which you live, a medical agent could also be known as an agent under an advance healthcare directive (also called a living will), an agent under a medical or healthcare power of attorney, a health care surrogate, a health care proxy, a medical proxy, or a variety of other names. Regardless of the title used in your state, the bottom line is that your medical agent is a person you authorize to make decisions about your medical care if you are too ill to make them yourself or are otherwise unable to communicate your wishes. It is an important role, and the person you choose will be authorized to make critical health care decisions, including whether to consent to or refuse medical treatment and which health care providers or hospitals to use for your care.

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Is a Handwritten Will Effective?

After the 2018 passing of the legendary singer Aretha Franklin, her family and lawyer initially thought she had died without a will. But earlier this year, three handwritten wills—two from 2010 that were locked in a cabinet and one from 2014 that was hidden under a couch cushion—were found in Franklin’s home in Detroit. Franklin’s attorney filed the wills in probate court but was uncertain whether they were legal under Michigan law. One of Franklin’s sons questioned whether she actually wrote the wills and convinced the probate judge to allow a handwriting expert to examine the documents to verify whether the handwriting is Franklin’s. It is likely that the battle over Franklin’s estate, reportedly valued at $80 million, has just begun.

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Common Mistakes with DIY Estate Plans

The internet offers all the information and tools we need at our fingertips to create our own estate plan, right? For most people, this is simply not true. Several years ago, Consumer Reports®, an independent nonprofit consumer watchdog group, created wills using the forms provided by DIY websites and asked three law professors to review them.

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