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How to Get Ahead of Alzheimer’s Disease

In the U.S. an estimated 5.4 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease Are Your Legal Documents In Order? How can anyone know the true devastation of Alzheimer’s unless you have had a loved one affected by the disease? In Michigan, there are 180,000 people aged 65 and older with Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, they expect that number to grow 22% by the year 2025. The need to plan while you are well and able...

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Charitable Giving Under the New Tax Law

President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law on December 22, 2017. While the new legislation redefined the tax brackets and eliminated personal deductions, it also changed the rules for charitable giving. Here are some of the changes you need to know in order to plan your donations appropriately for the upcoming year.

The History and Facts of Estate Tax

Estate tax in the U.S. is a contentious topic, and legislation surrounding estate taxes often fluctuates depending on the current political climate. This has caused estate tax to take many forms over the decades. In any case, it’s a good to know what you’re dealing with and how to handle it, so you can be better prepared when planning your own estate.

Family Trust

Does Your Trust Really Work?

Have Your Family Trust Reviewed By An Expert Why not have your family trust reviewed by a highly trained, expert trust attorney free of charge? Over 300 families meet with our attorneys every year to go over what they already have in place and consider making updates.  Some families have questions about their existing Trust documents. Recently a married couple came in for their free trust review.  Mom and Dad made a will and revocable trust...

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Grand Rapids chef Jenna Arcidiacono

Chef’s Specialty Event

We are a proud sponsor of this event supporting Meals On Wheels Western Michigan. Chef’s Specialty is one of Meals on Wheels Western Michigan’s signature events. This evening event is a time for our closest supporters and new friends to come together in a fun atmosphere to support seniors living healthy and independently in their own homes. This event has over 250 attendees and offers a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, a cooking demonstration from...

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table of merchandise at a night of shopping at the law offices of david carrier

Join Us for “A Night of Shopping” Benefiting The Walk To End Alzheimer’s

The Law Offices of David L. Carrier are hosting 'A Night of Shopping' open house to raise funds for The Walk to End Alzheimer's. Join the community and shop to your hearts content. This event is free to attend. 10% of all purchases go directly to support the Alzheimer’s Association. Invite your friends, family, neighbors! Find these and other outstanding direct selling retailers. Premier Designs Inc. Style Dots Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski Tupperware LulaRoe Thirty-One Mary Kay ...

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TCJA Effects on Estate Planning

What Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 Mean for My Estate Plan?

What Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 Mean for My Estate Plan? from The Law Offices of David L. Carrier The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) is understandably a mixed bag for many people. If you utilize a pass through LLC you may have received a tax cut, but you may have also lost some deductions and credits along the way. TCJA’s effects are likely different...

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Gift Planning in Older Age

Gift Planning for Every Age

Gift Planning for Every Age from The Law Offices of David L. Carrier Gift planning – also called “planned giving” – is a great way for individuals to schedule future financial gifts for their loved ones, nonprofits, educational institutions and other organizations. While many give for emotional reasons, gift planning can also provide the giver with financial benefits such as reduced tax rates and a guaranteed source of income. No matter where you...

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The Importance of Trust Reviews

As part of our practice at the Law Offices of David L. Carrier, PC, I meet with over 300 families every year for a “Trust Review”. This includes our past clients that have questions about their Trust documents. Sometimes they need a refresher of how the Trust works or want to make specific changes. I also meet with clients that have a trust drafted by another law firm and they sometimes want a second opinion or have questions how...

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