Estate Planning

Estate Planning

It may be impossible to predict the future, but it is essential to plan for it. Estate planning can help you and your family be prepared for whatever lies ahead—and the knowledge that you are prepared offers great peace of mind.

The estate planning attorneys of Kuhn Rogers have decades of experience helping Michigan individuals, families, and businesses with their planning needs. We view ourselves as partners with our clients in the estate planning process: they bring to the table their knowledge of their family or business and its needs; we meet them with our extensive knowledge of Michigan law. Together, we formulate a plan customized to achieve their estate planning or business succession goals.

Michigan Estate Planning Services

Estate planning involves much more than deciding who will inherit your property when you die. It is about putting in place a framework to ensure that your wishes are known and honored, both before and after your death. A comprehensive estate plan includes powers of attorney to ensure that if you become unable to make medical or financial decisions for yourself, a person you have chosen will have authority to make those decisions on your behalf. Your plan also allows you to name a guardian for a minor child, determine who will inherit your assets and how, and dictate who you want to administer your estate.

By explicitly stating your wishes, estate planning removes a burden of uncertainty from your family’s shoulders at a time when they are otherwise stressed or grieving.

Estate planning is not just for the wealthy. It is for anyone who wants to exercise control over an uncertain future, including:

  • Parents of young children and/or children with special needs
  • Parents of older children or young adults who don’t want their children to receive their entire inheritance at once
  • Individuals who want to leave assets to a non-relative, such as a friend, charity, or romantic partner
  • Small business owners who want to ensure the successful transition of the business to new ownership
  • People who want to minimize the risk of family fighting over their medical care while they are alive, or estate after their death
  • People who want to avoid their estate going through probate

Kuhn Rogers’ estate planning services include:

  • Last will and testament
  • Trusts for various needs, including living trusts, charitable trusts, special needs trusts, and more
  • Medical power of attorney (Patient Advocate Designate)
  • Living will
  • Durable financial power of attorney
  • Business succession planning

Depending on your situation, you may need some or all of the above. Our attorneys will help you identify your goals and draft the estate planning documents necessary to help you achieve them.

Estate Planning for Peace of Mind

It is easy to put off making an estate plan; the demands of daily life are pressing, and the need for an estate plan may seem distant. Unfortunately, as too many have learned recently, the need for an estate plan can arise all too suddenly.

The experienced estate planning attorneys of Kuhn Rogers can create a straightforward estate plan for a single adult or young family, or strategize to create a more involved plan for an estate with significant or complex assets. Whatever their situation, our clients tend to have the same response to completing their estate plan: a tremendous sense of relief that they took this important step. If you need to create or update an estate plan, please contact Kuhn Rogers to schedule a consultation.

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