At Servant Estate Planning, PLLC we provide three primary services; probate and trust administration services, nonprofit religious corporations/church law, and estate planning in Livonia, MI. We can also help you form a limited liability company (LLC) or corporation for your business. Additionally, we have a network of other attorneys we can refer you to for other matters. Contact us today for an estate plan and more.
An estate plan consists of documents in which you provide instructions about your care if you become incapacitated. The plan also outlines who should care for your minor children and how your assets should be distributed upon your death. The documents we commonly use are wills, trusts, powers of attorney, designations of patient advocate (medical powers of attorney), and medical privacy waivers. To learn more about estate planning contact us and request our free brochure.
NO ESTATE PLAN?
What may happen if you don't have an estate plan? Some sources have reported that 60% of people die without an estate plan. If you become incapacitated, the Probate Court will hold public hearings to appoint someone to handle your personal and medical care, and your finances.
When you die, the Probate Court, applying state law, appoints someone to administer your estate and decide who will receive your assets. If you have minor children, the Probate Court will decide who will be their guardians and who will handle their assets.
So, if you don't prepare an estate plan, the State of Michigan has an estate plan for you. Let us help you plan ahead, so you are in control of these crucial decisions.
The information on this website does not constitute legal advice nor establish an attorney-client relationship.
PROBATE & TRUST ADMINISTRATION
After a loved one has passed away, how do you transfer their property? If they did not have a will or even if they did have a will, you have to use the Probate Court process to transfer their assets. The court will appoint a Personal Representative to administer the estate. There may be a few exceptions, including joint property or designated beneficiaries such as life insurance.
If your loved one had a trust, then the process is by trust administration, without the involvement of the Probate Court. Request our free brochure to help know what you should do after the death of a loved one.
Churches have unique issues as nonprofit corporations. Some of the legal problems churches have faced in recent years include:
Church Discipline Lawsuits
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination
Church Facility Rental Agreements
Sexual Harassment and Misconduct
Implementation of proper policies can help minimize these problems and protect those under your care. Did you know that under Michigan law pastors are required to report child abuse? Do you have the proper procedures in place to protect the children in your church and to comply with your duty to report child abuse? We can help you implement a child protection policy.
Ask about the free resource from ADF "How to protect your church."