In order to express our gratitude and appreciation to all of the healthcare workers and first responders helping our communities, we want to extend a discount to each of them and their families on any estate planning services to help them protect and care for their own loved ones.

    • Advantages of Lady Bird Deeds in Michigan

      Michigan is one of only a handful of states that recognize the use of lady bird deeds as a method of transferring title to real property on the death of the property owner. Other states have similar ...

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    • How To Terminate Guardianship in Michigan

      Michigan statutes authorize state courts to appoint a guardian for an individual who can no longer make decisions about their own personal and medical care, when specific criteria are met. The laws ...

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    • What Is Living Probate — and How Can You Avoid It?

      You probably know that probate is a court-supervised process that some estates and some assets go through after a person passes away. But living probate is an entirely different legal concept and ...

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    • Exceptions to Irrevocable Trusts

      An irrevocable trust cannot be changed unless applicable laws permit the type of change desired. The Michigan Trust Code, an extensive and complex body of statutory law that applies to all aspects of ...

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    • Fraudulent Estate Planning Scams to Avoid

      The increased focus on the need for estate planning that arose during the pandemic has not escaped the attention of scammers seeking to profit by taking advantage of fears brought on by tragedy. ...

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    • Estate Planning with a Tangible Personal Property List

      Many individuals want to give family heirlooms or other items with sentimental value to specific loved ones in their estate plan . While these items can be listed individually in a last will and ...

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    • What Happens If the Personal Representative of an Estate Fails to Administer the Estate Properly?

      The personal representative of an estate has substantial responsibilities for administering the estate. While estate administration usually goes smoothly, especially if a lawyer assists with the ...

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    • Does an Executor or Trustee Have a Duty to Maintain Confidentiality?

      The process of administering an estate after someone dies involves a lot of different responsibilities. The duties include collecting assets, paying debts and satisfying obligations, and distributing ...

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    • When May a Contested Guardianship Proceeding Be Necessary?

      Michigan probate courts have authority to appoint a guardian for an incapacitated adult who can no longer make or communicate informed decisions regarding their own care. When a petition for ...

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    • How To Terminate Guardianship in Michigan

      Michigan statutes authorize state courts to appoint a guardian for an individual who can no longer make decisions about their own personal and medical care, when specific criteria are met. The laws ...

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    • What Is Living Probate — and How Can You Avoid It?

      You probably know that probate is a court-supervised process that some estates and some assets go through after a person passes away. But living probate is an entirely different legal concept and ...

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    • Discovery in Michigan Probate Court Litigation

      The pre-trial process of discovery in Michigan probate litigation enables the parties to gather information and evidence relating to the facts and issues in the case. Attorneys conduct discovery in ...

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    • Losing in Probate Court: To Appeal or Not to Appeal

      When a Michigan probate court issues a final order in litigation, a party or interested person adversely affected by the ruling may have the right to appeal the decision to the Michigan Court of ...

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    • What Constitutes a Breach of Fiduciary Duty?

      According to the Michigan Supreme Court, a fiduciary relationship exists when “one person is under a duty to act for the benefit of the other on matters within the scope of the relationship.” State ...

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    • Why You Should Designate a Patient Advocate, AKA Medical Durable Power of Attorney

      A patient advocate designation is one of the essential documents in an estate plan. This document protects you and your family if you become incapacitated and cannot make your own medical decisions. ...

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    • Why Do You Need Durable Powers of Attorney in Your Estate Plan?

      When you think about estate planning, durable powers of attorney (DPOAs) probably are not the first documents that come to mind. Yet, they are an extremely important part of every estate plan. Your ...

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    • Why Your Coronavirus (COVID-19) Checklist Should Include Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care and Finances

      At BRMM, we share all the concerns of every individual, family, and business as our country faces this unprecedented time in our lives. We echo the reassurance of health care experts that we can all ...

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    • What Is Living Probate — and How Can You Avoid It?

      You probably know that probate is a court-supervised process that some estates and some assets go through after a person passes away. But living probate is an entirely different legal concept and ...

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    • Why Do You Need Durable Powers of Attorney in Your Estate Plan?

      When you think about estate planning, durable powers of attorney (DPOAs) probably are not the first documents that come to mind. Yet, they are an extremely important part of every estate plan. Your ...

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    • What Happens If Family Members Disagree About Care of an Elder Parent?

      Aging parents often need help with personal care, health concerns, and financial decisions. They may even lose the mental capacity to make decisions and care for themselves. If an elderly parent has ...

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    • Who is Responsible for Attorney Fees in a Probate Case?

      If the last will and testament of a deceased loved one names you as the personal representative of their estate, applying for court appointment as the personal representative means you have ...

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    • Discovery in Michigan Probate Court Litigation

      The pre-trial process of discovery in Michigan probate litigation enables the parties to gather information and evidence relating to the facts and issues in the case. Attorneys conduct discovery in ...

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    • Losing in Probate Court: To Appeal or Not to Appeal

      When a Michigan probate court issues a final order in litigation, a party or interested person adversely affected by the ruling may have the right to appeal the decision to the Michigan Court of ...

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    • Delays in Social Security Disability Cases at Record Highs

      Summary The Social Security Administration faces a record – and rapidly growing – backlog of appeals by people who claim they are too disabled to work. Through June, it had just over 745,000 cases ...

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    • Marriage and Social Security Benefits

      Millions of couples blissfully say “I do” each year with perhaps only a fleeting thought of eventually retiring with their beloved. But married couples should pause to consider the array of Social ...

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    • Hidden Social Security Option

      Did you elect to take Social Security benefits before your full retirement age? If you did and are now looking for extra income, there may be an answer. Once you reach full retirement age, you can pay ...

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    • Choosing the Right Special Needs Trust

      A special needs trust, which is also called a supplemental needs trust, can provide financial support for an individual with special needs without interfering with their ability to qualify for ...

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    • Estate Planning For a Child With Special Needs

      If your child or grandchild has special needs, one of your greatest concerns is ensuring that the child receives essential care and support throughout their life. While your inclination may be to give ...

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    • Bill Signed Removing 'Mentally Retarded' From Federal Laws

      President Obama has signed into law a bill eliminating use of the phrase “mentally retarded” from all federal law. The the law is named Rosa’s Law after the Maryland 8-year-old with Down syndrome ...

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  • Tax
    • Significant Changes to the Federal Estate and Gift Tax Exemption Pending in Congress

      The United States Senate is considering significant changes to the federal estate and gift tax exemption. If the proposed legislation passes both houses of Congress and is signed by the President, the ...

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    • Estate Tax and Inheritance Tax Considerations in Michigan Estate Planning

      An important concern of our estate planning clients at BRMM is how estate tax and inheritance tax affect a Michigan estate. While the response to an individual client depends on a number of factors — ...

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    • Federal Estate Tax and Gift Tax Changes in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act Provide New Opportunities for Tax Savings

      Most of the changes in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, which became effective on January 1, 2018, relate to income taxes. However, the law includes important and significant changes that affect federal ...

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    • Why Your Coronavirus (COVID-19) Checklist Should Include Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care and Finances

      At BRMM, we share all the concerns of every individual, family, and business as our country faces this unprecedented time in our lives. We echo the reassurance of health care experts that we can all ...

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    • Danielle and Andy's TV Show: "Fortune Fights"

      We are so proud of our shareholders, Danielle Mayoras and Andy Mayoras, who host a new TV show called “Fortune Fights” airing on the REELZ Channel. The duo has been receiving some wonderful media ...

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    • BRMM Wins Significant Elder Law Case in Michigan Court of Appeals

      BRMM attorneys Don Rosenberg and Scott Robbins recently won an important elder law case in the Michigan Court of Appeals. In rendering the decision, the Court of Appeals recognized that the case was ...

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    • Exceptions to Irrevocable Trusts

      An irrevocable trust cannot be changed unless applicable laws permit the type of change desired. The Michigan Trust Code, an extensive and complex body of statutory law that applies to all aspects of ...

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    • Choosing the Right Special Needs Trust

      A special needs trust, which is also called a supplemental needs trust, can provide financial support for an individual with special needs without interfering with their ability to qualify for ...

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    • The Difference Between Per Capita and Per Stirpes Beneficiary Designations

      When you make a Last Will and Testament or establish a Trust, you designate beneficiaries to receive property under the Will or through the Trust . You can provide that beneficiaries inherit through ...

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    • Urgent Bulletin: New Regulations for VA Pension and Other Needs Based Benefits Effective October 18, 2018

      The VA is implementing a 36 month look-back with a penalty period not to exceed five (5) years for those applicants who transfer assets during this look-back period. Such transfers may include the ...

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    • How Patient Advocates Help Veterans

      If you are a military veteran or a veteran’s family member, you may be unaware that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a Patient Advocacy Program that can assist with addressing patient and ...

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    • Urgent Bulletin: New Regulations for VA Pension and Other Needs Based Benefits Effective October 18, 2018

      The VA is implementing a 36 month look-back with a penalty period not to exceed five (5) years for those applicants who transfer assets during this look-back period. Such transfers may include the ...

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    • What Medical and Pension Benefits Are Available to Veterans?

      Veterans, as well as spouses and dependents, may be eligible for a variety of medical and pension benefits. If you or a loved one is a veteran, it is important to be aware of these benefits and know ...

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    • The Difference Between Per Capita and Per Stirpes Beneficiary Designations

      When you make a Last Will and Testament or establish a Trust, you designate beneficiaries to receive property under the Will or through the Trust . You can provide that beneficiaries inherit through ...

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    • What Does It Mean to Contest a Will in Michigan?

      Contesting the Last Will and Testament of a deceased person involves asking a judge to invalidate the individual’s Will by objecting to probate of the Will. To contest a Will, you must have legal ...

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    • Should Everyone Have a Will?

      Do you want to let Michigan laws and courts decide the distribution of your property and management of your estate after you pass away? If not, you should consider having a Will, which is a legal ...

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