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Estate Planning-It’s Not Just What Happens to Your Stuff
When You Die

October 2, 2014 / in Uncategorized Written by Katherine Albrecht

Most people know they need a will, whether they choose to do something about it or not.  They care about how their assets will be distributed at their death.  However, they often do not realize that they also need to plan for what will happen to themselves and their assets if they become incapacitated.  They assume family members will handle things, but fail to give those family members the tools to do so.  The most important part of an estate plan may turn out to be the patient advocate designation, the durable power of attorney, and the authorization of disclosure of medical information.  Read more →

 

And BOOM Go the Fireworks

July 18, 2014 / in

I have to admit that I became a bit nostalgic when I received the fireworks catalogue a couple months ago in the mail. It took me back to my early teens, flipping through the catalogue wondering what, if anything, my parents would let me buy. At that time, you could not buy fireworks in Michigan, except for sparklers, smoke balls, and other fairly uninteresting items.

Now, thanks to the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act, which became effective January 1, 2012, the once prohibited fireworks are now legal to sell, purchase and use in Michigan. No longer is ordering from magazines required for access to the “good stuff,” as temporary fireworks stands and strip-mall stores are popping up everywhere.  Read more…