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Battle Creek Estate Planners

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  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Bryon B.
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Jack does a great job listening to client's needs and then giving them an estate plan that makes sense for their families. Great local company!

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We are an independent estate planning firm specializing in most aspects of retirement planning. Our specialty areas include lifetime income planning, risk and investment/portfolio management, asset protection and catastrophic illness planning.

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Welcome to the website of attorney Danielle Streed and the law firm of Redmond, Streed & Yokom, serving the people of Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan with practical and professional legal advice and representation in the areas of estate planning and elder law. Danielle Streed has served as an estate planning attorney for over 21 years, helping families set up their estate plan from simple wills to revocable trusts. She has assisted families through the probate process, and helped families determine when Medicaid and nursing home assistance are needed or available for a family member. The firm aims to provide comprehensive legal assistance in every aspect of estate planning and related needs. Some of our main services include assistance with: * Wills * Probate * Estate Planning * Revocable Living Trusts * Charitable Giving * Special Needs Trusts * Powers of Attorney * Advance Directives * Estate Administration * Medicaid Planning * Domestic Partnership Agreements * Pre-Nuptial Agreements * Business Succession Planning * Elder Law

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Grand Rapids Estate Planning Attorney, Timothy R. Alles, P.C., believes "specialization" is to your advantage. Therefore, we only practice in the areas of estate planning, elder law and business formation and succession. There is no substitute for proper planning, and we can help you navigate both the legal and practical implications of your planning decisions. We are a Grand Rapids Law Firm serving clients all over Michigan. From the simple will to complex inter-generational business succession issues, we are here to serve.

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Estate Planning, Probate and Elder Law We help you to grow and protect your legacy, have your assets safe and available during any periods of disability, and allow you to pass on whatever you want, to whoever you want, in the way you want, with the least expense and taxes possible. We also can assist people to preserve their assets and still qualify for Medicaid assistance with nursing home care.

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Update: In January of 2009, we created two new divisions, a bankruptcy division, and a social security disability division, with the hiring of additional personnel with proven experience in these areas. We undertook this expansion in order to fill the growing need among individuals of all ages, for affordable representation in these areas. The Law Offices of Shawn Weera serve an exclusive clientele of Michigan's elderly, its aged veterans, and their families. The majority of our clients require assistance in one of the following four areas: * Medicaid asset protection strategies: We can help protect your family when you are at risk of going broke and/or losing your home, because either someone is already admitted to, or is about be placed in, a nursing home. * Applying for Medicaid: We can help you navigate through the incredible complexities of Medicaid. When it comes to applying for Medicaid, the proper timing of the application is critical. * Estate planning in a non-crisis situation: We assist clients with estate planning in a non-crisis situation. In order for an estate plan to be truly effective, it must address all of the issues, from death and disability, to Medicaid and nursing home care. * Help for aged and disabled veterans: We assist Michigan veterans and their spouses in uncovering any VA benefits that they may be eligible for.

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Doyle Law PC is a law firm in Michigan that is specializing in the areas of: - wills, trusts, and estate planning - trust administration - private foundations - business succession planning - probate and estate administration - special needs planning To assist our clients' loved ones in promptly settling their estate, and to give them the peace of mind that occurs from knowing that they have a professionally developed plan that is designed to meet their goals is our mission.

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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What kind of lawyer does wills?

No one likes talking about death, but it’s better than leaving your children or siblings to sort out your estate. A clearly planned will can make the time of mourning easier for everyone. An estate attorney will develop a legal will, create trusts on your behalf, and ensure the proper execution of your estate after you pass away.  

Family attorneys and estate attorneys, also called probate and wills attorneys, can each prepare wills. The type of lawyer best suited to prepare your will depends on your situation. Most family attorneys provide services to prepare basic wills, including bequeathing property and personal items to family or naming a guardian for minor children. However, estate attorneys specialize in preparing wills in more complex situations. Consider hiring an estate attorney if you:

  • Have a large number of assets, especially those subject to estate taxes
  • Want to create a trust, such as allowing a spouse to live in your home until he or she dies and then leaving it to your children, or set up long-term care for a beneficiary
  • Have an ownership stake in a business
  • Expect someone to contest your will
  • Want to disinherit your spouse

How do you find a good lawyer for wills?

Estate planning is an important part of financial planning, so it’s important to find the right attorney to prepare your will. Although most family attorneys can put together a basic will, you may want one who specializes in wills and estate planning, especially if you have a lot of assets or a dependent to take care of. You may need an attorney who has expertise in planning and executing trusts and a background in taxes. Ask how the attorney charges; some charge by the hour, others have a set fee for writing wills, and some charge a percentage of the total value of the estate. Make a list of several potential wills attorneys to interview. Make sure you make a strong personal connection with your attorney — you need to be comfortable telling him or her personal, confidential information about your life, and you need to feel that the attorney is committed to solving any problems that may arise while writing your will. Also find out how long the attorney has practiced estate law and whether he or she has handled wills similar to yours.

How much does it cost to have a living will?

Either a family attorney or an estate, or wills, attorney can help you prepare a living will, either as part of your general estate planning or as an individual document. The cost typically ranges from $250 to $500, depending on your attorney’s fees; some charge by the hour, while others have a flat rate for writing a living will. Some states require living wills to be notarized, which adds an average of $5 to $15. In a living will — also called an advanced healthcare directive — you specify whether you want to be kept on life support if you become terminally ill or lapse into a persistent vegetative state. You can also answer other important questions in a living will like your preferences for tube feeding, artificial hydration and pain medication in situations when you cannot communicate your wishes on your own.

How much should an estate plan cost?

The cost of an estate plan depends largely on the number of parts it includes and the complexity of the documents. The most basic estate plan is simply a will, but it may also include designating power of attorney or a health care proxy to another person, writing a living will, or making a HIPAA authorization. The average national cost to make an estate plan ranges from $350 to $900, but can cost much more in complicated situations. For example, an estate attorney may charge only $900 to prepare a basic will providing outright distribution — meaning that property and assets are distributed upon death. Writing a more complicated will and holding assets in trusts can cost $3,000, or more. The process of creating an estate plan generally takes two to four weeks, starting with the initial consultation with the wills attorney to identify areas of concern in order to design an estate plan that fits your goals and budget. Once an estate plan is written, the attorney meets with the clients, a notary, and two neutral witnesses to review and sign the plan and associated documents.

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