I Just Want a Simple Will by Teresa Morgan

“I just want a simple will.” As an attorney who has for the past twenty years focused a large part of her practice on estate planning, I cannot begin to count the number of times I have heard that statement from a new or prospective client. Regrettably, I likewise cannot begin to count the number of times I have reviewed wills prepared by other attorneys who, to the detriment of the clients and their loved ones, either followed that directive, or independently and erroneously concluded that a “simple will” would suffice.

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Death with Dignity

The Right to Choose Death with Dignity

A multitude of questions arise for those who are diagnosed with a terminal illness that is likely to result in extensive suffering prior to death.  What does the future hold for me?  Who will take care of me?  Will the pain be intolerable?  Will any of my personal dignity remain?  If you have witnessed a loved one suffer extensively prior to death, you likely have strong opinions on these issues.  But will your opinion matter if you are faced with a terminal diagnosis?  What rights do you have to determine for yourself how you will die?

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Thankful for Family

The Way to Really Show You’re Thankful for Family

The holidays are coming up on us quickly. Before we know it Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here, rushing us straight into the New Year. The holidays are my favorite time of year, even amidst the stress that we all know can accompany family gatherings of any kind, and I look forward every year to celebrating with my law firm team and my family.

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Valuable Lessons from the Prince Estate

Valuable Lessons from the Prince Estate

The late Prince Rogers Nelson’s estate continues to make national news. Unfortunately, the reasons for this publicity are not positive and should serve as a strong cautionary tale for anyone who does not yet have good, state-specific estate planning in place.  While Prince’s failure to plan provides many valuable lessons, I believe the following two are the most important.

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Robin Williams Shed Insights on Estate Planning

My guess is that anyone who ever saw Robin Williams, a native Detroiter, loved his comedy, his spontaneity, and his ability to make us laugh. He was a master of improvisation and often reminded me of my other favorite comedian: Jonathan Winters, who was a huge influence on Robin Williams.

Sadly, both also fought mental illness. Regardless, they are both comedic geniuses and will be greatly missed because laughter is so important in all our lives.

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4 Smart Ways to Leave a Legacy

Give to charity Another way to leave a legacy is by contributing money or the equivalent to a charitable cause that reflects your values.

You could create a meaningful gifting plan so your kids and grandkids will receive money while you’re alive, allowing you to watch them benefit from your generosity.

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