Estate Planning Lawyers Serving Grand Rapids & West Michigan
Why is Building an Estate Plan Important?
Planning for your estate, and what will happen to it after you die, is one of the most important things that you can do, especially if you have important assets that you want to protect. While it is not always pleasant to think about, as you age, the future becomes more uncertain; you can protect your assets and the people that you love by planning for your estate – and we can help.
How We Can Assist You
Our attorneys are committed to helping you protect what you love. We offer the following services to all of our clients:
- Estate Planning (wills, trusts, powers of attorney)
- Probate and Trust Administration
- Estate planning strategies
- Business planning
- Understanding estate tax
The Benefits of Estate Planning
At the time of your death, your estate consists of your financial assets, real property, and tangible personal property (i.e., jewelry, furniture, etc.). Planning ahead for what will happen to your assets after your death can provide peace of mind for both you and your family. Failing to plan can lead to confusion and frustration for your loved ones. Without a plan, Michigan law will direct your assets to your closed living relatives, but the specific details of who gets what will be out of your control.
In addition to providing details on how your assets will be distributed upon your death, an estate plan will also ensure that all loved ones including spouses, minor children, grandchildren, disabled family members, etc. are provided for appropriately. A properly drafted and executed estate plan will not only minimize the stress experienced by family members following your death, but it can also avoid the tedious probate process and minimize tax liabilities.
All individuals who own assets should consider an estate plan; for those with significant wealth, an estate plan is a necessity.
Smart Estate Planning Strategies
We understand that to you, an estate plan is more than just a financial decision; it is a decision that will have a long-lasting and direct impact on your loved ones. As such, all estate planning strategies that are employed are tailored to your specific needs. No two estates or families are alike, and your estate plan should reflect that.
Experienced Estate Planning Attorneys
Our law firm is one of the most experienced estate planning law firms in the country, with more than 40 years background helping clients in Michigan. In fact, our firm has assisted more than 10,000 families with their planning needs, resulting in millions of dollars of life savings and assets protected.