In an effort to protect the health of our clients, employees, and communities from potential impacts of COVID-19, we are holding virtual meetings (via telephone) as an alternative to traditional face-to-face meetings. The quarantine does not need to stop you from getting the legal help you need and we are available to help entirely virtually! Feel free to reach out for a Free Virtual Consultation.

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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    • Revocable v. Irrevocable Trust: What’s the Difference?

      Trusts are a valuable estate planning tool. A trust can accomplish a wide range of purposes. Since the goals determine the nature of the trust, there are many kinds of trusts. But every trust is ...

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    • 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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    • Do You Need a Lawyer to Make an Estate Plan?

      The availability of online document websites and preprinted forms may make it tempting to save money and create your own estate plan. However, the do-it-yourself / DIY approach for an estate plan ...

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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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    • 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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    • What To Do If a Caregiver Takes Advantage of Your Aging Parent

      Elders often are emotionally and physically vulnerable to pressure from caregivers. If you suspect that a caregiver is taking advantage of your aging parent, the most important thing to remember is ...

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    • How Does the Court Establish Conservatorship?

      Michigan courts have broad authority to appoint a conservator for an individual who can no longer manage their own financial matters. Establishing a conservatorship requires filing a petition with a ...

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    • Attorney-Client Privilege in Probate Litigation

      The attorney-client privilege protects client communications to a lawyer and prohibits a lawyer from disclosing protected information shared by a client. Application of the simply-stated rule becomes ...

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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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    • 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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    • Challenging a Patient Advocate Designation / Healthcare Durable Power of Attorney

      When an individual signs a legally valid patient advocate designation , the document gives another person the authority to make healthcare decisions for the individual who signed should he or she ...

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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 ...

      Read More
    • 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 Can Open a Safe Deposit Box After Death?

      A Michigan statute governs access to a deceased individual’s safe deposit box. The law establishes specific requirements and procedures that apply if you need to access a loved one’s safe deposit box ...

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Autism Awareness Month: A Call to Compassion

      April is Autism Awareness month, and a perfect time to teach your children about compassion in the classroom. Compassion and autism: How your child can change the world of school for an autistic ...

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  • Tax
    • 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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    • Congress Closes Kiddie Tax Loophole

      Sometimes the best-laid plans go awry – and this time, you can blame Congress. If part of your tax planning included giving appreciated stocks, mutual funds or other assets to your teen or college ...

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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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    • Revocable v. Irrevocable Trust: What’s the Difference?

      Trusts are a valuable estate planning tool. A trust can accomplish a wide range of purposes. Since the goals determine the nature of the trust, there are many kinds of trusts. But every trust is ...

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    • Can a Beneficiary Enforce the Terms of a Trust?

      If you are the beneficiary of a trust, you may not know what to do if it seems the trustee is not properly implementing the trust. Depending on the situation, you may have specific rights to enforce ...

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Veterans Assistance Update

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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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    • Can You Probate a Copy of a Will in Michigan?

      When a family addresses probating the estate of a deceased loved one, a common concern is what happens if the family cannot locate the original Last Will and Testament. A frequent question is whether ...

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