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Recently Deceased Celebrities Demonstrate Importance of Estate Planning

Paul Walker: Died too young, but with a trust. Over the past few months, Paul Walker and Philip Seymour Hoffman both died in sudden and unexpected ways.  The latter, from an apparent overdose of heroin in January after decades of straight living; the former, ironically, in a flaming high-speed car crash last November. At the […]

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Decedent's Second Wife Forges Will and Revocation of Prenuptial Agreement

In a recent East-side case from Macomb County, two sons challenged the claims of their deceased father’s second wife.  The case was sufficiently contentious to wind-up being tried before a jury in Macomb County Probate Judge Carl Marlinga’s courtroom. The couple had been married only five years and had executed a prenuptial agreement prior to […]

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Michigan Legislature Addresses Digital Estates

It’s a start.  The Michigan legislature now has a raft of bills assigned to the all-encompassing Judiciary Committee that would amend our current probate code to provide for handling of a deceased person’s so-called digital assets. Digital assets would include electronically stored photos, Facebook, iTunes, eTrade, data collections of any type, even including a person’s […]

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Divorce: There’s An App For That Too

Were here at the electronic divorce attorney are not big fans of digitizing personal therapy in an app.  Or the divorce process for that matter. Today’s Freep touted the article Digital Divorce, profiling some nifty digital cell phone apps targeting couples going through a divorce.  Ever since a 20-something Minnesota lawyer created a cell phone app […]

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Stepparent Adoption Complicated by Legal Custody Label

By: Amanda Chapman About one year ago, the Michigan Court of Appeals recently gave us one more reason to care about legal custody when negotiating a divorce with minor children.  During the divorce process it is often difficult for those involved to consider the future and a possible remarriage down the road. If we are […]

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