Kalamazoo Estate Planning Lawyer, Michigan


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Michael J. Willis Lawyer

Michael J. Willis

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Business Organization, Wills & Probate, Contract, Elder Law, Estate Planning
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Michael Willis founded this firm with his brother, Shaun Patrick Willis. Their father, Hon. Frank D. Willis, is the probate judge for Van Buren Count... (more)

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Brett A. Cummings

Foreclosure, Agriculture, Estate Planning, Banking & Finance
Status:  In Good Standing           

Janice Roark Peters

International Tax, Gift Taxation, Estate Planning, Business
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  34 Years

Frank D. Willis

Estate Planning, Family Law, Elder Law, Wrongful Death
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Stuart H. Deming

International, Health Care Other, Estate Planning, Business
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  44 Years

James J. Gregart

Juvenile Law, Estate Planning, Estate, Criminal
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  53 Years

Gail M. Towne

Lawsuit & Dispute, Health Care Other, Estate Planning, Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           

Gordon C. Miller

Real Estate, Estate Planning, Employee Rights, Business
Status:  In Good Standing           

Andrew J. Vorbrich

Sales & Use Tax, Estate Planning, Contract, Collection
Status:  In Good Standing           

Robert M. Taylor

International, Gift Taxation, Estate Planning, Corporate
Status:  In Good Standing           

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LEGAL TERMS

GRANTOR

Someone who creates a trust. Also called a trustor or settlor.

LAPSE

Under a will, the failure of a gift of property. A gift lapses when the beneficiary dies before the person who made the will, and no alternate has been named. S... (more...)
Under a will, the failure of a gift of property. A gift lapses when the beneficiary dies before the person who made the will, and no alternate has been named. Some states have anti-lapse statutes, which prevent gifts to relatives of the deceased person from lapsing unless the relative has no heirs of his or her own. A lapsed gift becomes part of the residuary estate.

TESTAMENTARY TRUST

A trust created by a will, effective only upon the death of the willmaker.

KINDRED

Under some state's probate codes, all relatives of a deceased person.

AUGMENTED ESTATE

In general terms, an augmented estate consists of property owned by both a deceased person and his or her spouse. The concept of the augmented estate is used on... (more...)
In general terms, an augmented estate consists of property owned by both a deceased person and his or her spouse. The concept of the augmented estate is used only in some states. Its value is calculated only if a surviving spouse declines whatever he or she was left by will and instead claims a share of the deceased spouse's estate. (This is called taking against the will.) The amount of this 'statutory share' or 'elective share' depends on state law.

CURATOR

See conservator.

FUNDING A TRUST

Transferring ownership of property to a trust.

DEATH TAXES

Taxes levied at death, based on the value of property left behind. Federal death taxes are called estate taxes. Some states levy inheritance taxes on people who... (more...)
Taxes levied at death, based on the value of property left behind. Federal death taxes are called estate taxes. Some states levy inheritance taxes on people who inherit property.

ESTATE TAXES

Taxes imposed by the state or federal government on property as it passes from the dead to the living. All property you own, whatever the form of ownership, and... (more...)
Taxes imposed by the state or federal government on property as it passes from the dead to the living. All property you own, whatever the form of ownership, and whether or not it goes through probate after your death, is subject to federal estate tax. Currently, however, federal estate tax is due only if your property is worth at least $2 million when you die. The estate tax is scheduled to be repealed for one year, in 2010, but Congress will probably make the repeal (or a very high exempt amount) permanent. Any property left to a surviving spouse (if he or she is a U.S. citizen) or a tax-exempt charity is exempt from federal estate taxes. Many states now also impose their own estate taxes or inheritance taxes.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

IN RE ESTATE OF SOUTHWORTH

... Margaret Noe. In February 2005, the decedent consulted Noe for estate planning advice. The ... estate plan. The representative offered to meet with the decedent and answer any questions regarding estate planning and the college. Despite ...

IN RE HAYES

... In addition, the survivor may amend or revoke the trust." [Brief at 8, citing Michigan Estate Planning Handbook (Carol J. Karr ed., ICLE 2d ed, 2006), ch 22, § 22.4.]. ... [Michigan Estate Planning Handbook (Carol J. Karr ed., ICLE 2d ed, 2006), ch 22, § 22.4.]. ...

Charfoos v. Schultz

... including trust documents, as in this case. Bullis v Downes, 240 Mich App 462, 468; 612 NW2d 435 (2000) (no distinction made among varieties of modern estate planning tools). Here, the trial court prohibited plaintiffs from ...