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5 Reasons to Update Your Living Will

 Five Reasons to Update Your Living Will from The Law Offices of David L. Carrier A living will is a crucial part of planning for the future. It can help ensure your family is prepared to handle end-of-life decisions if you were to suddenly become terminally ill or critically injured. Just like other legal documents, a living will cannot remain static. Here are five reasons to consider updating yours. Relationship Changes: Dependents, Divorce, Death If...

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We’re Changing Our Name!

We have some exciting news to share – we're changing our name to Carrier Law. Our business has grown and evolved over the last 35 years, and it was time to update our look to better match who we are today: a highly experienced team with a singular focus on helping clients develop the best plan possible. Our new name is a stronger symbol of our dedication to educating families on how to preserve and protect...

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Incorporating Art and Collectibles Into Your Estate Plan

 Incorporating Art and Collectibles Into Your Estate Plan from The Law Offices of David L. Carrier Artwork and collectibles are an important asset in many of our lives. When it comes to estate planning, you do not want to leave the future of your beloved collection to chance. If you are unsure how to manage it, you are not alone – many collectors do not consider putting their artwork into their Will or...

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Join Us to Raise Money for the Walk to End Alzheimers

Join us at the Beltline Bar in Grand Rapids for a great meal and to help us raise money and awareness for the Walk to End Alzheimers. On Wednesday, August 22 from 4-8 p.m., 15% of your in-house food and beverage purchases will go to support the Walk To End Alzheimers. WHEN: Wednesday, August 22, 4 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Beltline Bar 16 28th St SE Grand Rapids (616) 454-0494 This flyer MUST be presented to the staff when paying your guest...

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The Importance of Considering Cryptocurrency During Estate Planning

 The Importance of Considering Cryptocurrency During Estate Planning from The Law Offices of David L. Carrier What Happens to Your Digital Money After You Die? In simple terms, if you’ve invested in Bitcoin, Ethereum or any of the other available cryptocurrencies, whatever sum of money you’ve amassed could be lost if you were to pass away without providing the means to access your crypto wallet. This happens more often than you might think. A...

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Does an “I Love You” Will Really Show Your True Affection?

A will is a legal document that lets you tell the world who should receive your assets after your death. An “I Love You” Will basically states, I leave everything to my spouse first and then to our children equally. In real life this type of Will can become anything but loving. Marge and Walter have three wonderful children, Beth, Dave and Mark. Beth lives locally, in Rockford, and helps Mom and Dad out all the...

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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.