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Can't Find Your Original Will? Don't Panic.

posted on April 03, 2019 by Willingham & Cote

Torree J. Breen, Estate & Gifts

People spend thousands of dollars to draft wills and/or trusts to identify their intentions upon death; however, sometimes it is not made clear where ...

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What is a Health Power of Attorney?

posted on March 27, 2019 by Willingham & Cote

Torree J. Breen, Estate & Gifts

  A health durable power of attorney is granted by a legal document providing written authorization for an agent to make decisions on behalf o...

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What Is A Guardian?

posted on March 15, 2019 by Willingham & Cote

Torree J. Breen, Estate & Gifts

                        Michigan has laws to allow per...

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Should You Contribute to 529 Plans for Estate Planning?

posted on February 20, 2019 by Willingham & Cote

Torree J. Breen, Estate & Gifts

  Do you have assets in excess of $11 million per single person or $22 million per couple and wish to avoid estate taxes?  Do you ha...

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Federal Employees Without Pay: What Do I Do Now?

posted on January 22, 2019 by Willingham & Cote

Estate & Gifts, Divorce & Family Law, Scott Breen, Real Estate, Corporate & Business Law

For approximately 380,000 federal employees on furlough and another 420,000 working without pay, many people may be asking how they can protect themse...

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The Ending of a Long Term Marriage

posted on January 15, 2019 by Willingham & Cote

Torree J. Breen, Divorce & Family Law

Michigan is a no-fault divorce state which means the court will grant a divorce without a showing of fault-based grounds, even if the non-filing spous...

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Common Real Estate Pitfalls

posted on December 18, 2018 by Willingham & Cote

Scott Breen, Real Estate

          As a result of the internet and other resources that are available to individuals, many people are taking it ...

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A Checklist When Considering Divorce

posted on October 30, 2018 by Willingham & Cote

Torree J. Breen, Divorce & Family Law

Are you contemplating divorce? Before you file, you should gather information to determine whether you can live on your own, independent of your spous...

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Preparing Your Business for Success: The Importance of a Succession Plan

posted on October 17, 2018 by Willingham & Cote

Scott Breen, Corporate & Business Law

              We generally recommend that business owners form a corporation or limited...

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Powers of Attorney and How To Choose Them

posted on September 05, 2018 by Willingham & Cote

Heather Gilkey

Our September newsletter’s front page encourages young adults to have legal and medical powers of attorney before they head-off to college and a...

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CHILD SUPPORT: HOW DO MEDICAL EXPENSES FACTOR?

posted on June 13, 2018 by Willingham & Cote

Torree J. Breen, Divorce & Family Law

              What is the “ordinary medical expense” calculated into Child Support...

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YOUR GRANDCHILDREN: DRUG ADDICTION AND CUSTODY

posted on June 11, 2018 by Willingham & Cote

Torree J. Breen, Divorce & Family Law

                    Do you have a child addicted to drugs and you want to try to obtain custody of t...

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ADVENTURES IN TRAVELLING ABROAD: PACK PEACE OF MIND

posted on June 07, 2018 by Willingham & Cote

Estate & Gifts, Heather Gilkey

  In response to the ever-increasing globalization of our workforce, part of a well-rounded education often includes international travel. Whe...

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WHY WILL THE FRIEND OF THE COURT CHANGE CHILD SUPPORT IN MICHIGAN?

posted on May 31, 2018 by Torree J. Breen

Torree J. Breen, Divorce & Family Law

If there is an order issued in Michigan regarding the child support, the Friend of the Court can review the calculation of child support under certain...

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The Half-Mile Rule Is Dead: At Least for Now

posted on April 17, 2018 by Willingham & Cote

Alcohol Beverage, Scott Breen

    In 1968, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission established an administrative rule that generally prevented a retail store from ob...

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