Legal Strategies, P.C. Blog
Most of us know that we are entitled to a free credit report from the three major credit bureaus once a year. Requesting a different report from one agency every four months can help you ensure that your personal and financial information is accurate–and that your identity has not been stolen. But did you know that there are other ways to monitorother pieces of personal information?
It's the time of year when many parents are doing their back-to-school shopping. If you have a college-bound child, you are probably busy getting him outfitted for dorm life, buying a new laptop, and preparing to drop him off hundreds, or even thousands of miles from home.
A Business Insider article advises that there are 25 key documents that you need to leave for your family before you die. The article points out the financial problems caused by failing to keep these documents. In fact, there is currently $32.9 billion in unclaimed bank accounts and other assets being held by State treasuries.
It's convenient when tasks you need to complete are based on a set schedule, such as filing your income taxes by April 15th. Or when you get a reminder, like it's time for your annual physical.Unfortunately, keeping your estate plan up to date is not quite as routine and rather than being proactive, many people wait until an event forces them to make a change.
Since 1787, Michigan law has given women "dower" rights. Dower rights gave widows a one-third interest in any real estate owned by her husband during their marriage. This allowed a deceased husband to provide economic support for his surviving wife.
It's sad to think that even after aloved one dies, he can be the victim of identity theft. But unfortunately, it happens regularly. Below we've highlighted some important steps you can take to prevent identity theft of a deceased person:
The Michigan Court of Appeals recently had to consider whether a Will that was never signed was still enforceable. On November 10, 2016, the Michigan Court of Appeals disagreed with Wayne County Probate Court (who had rejected the unsigned Will) and sent the case back to Probate for more evidence.