A Change in the Law: Funeral Representatives

As of June 27, 2016, Michigan law allows you to formally identify a Funeral Representative who has the authority to make your final arrangements regarding your funeral, memorial service, cremation and/or burial. The Funeral Representative also has the right to possess – or make decisions about who may possess – your cremated remains. You can designate your Funeral Representative in your will, in your power of attorney, or in a separate writing that is notarized and/or witnessed by two persons. Read More

Tax Consequences of a Michigan-Florida Residence Change

If you are a Michigan resident who spends more than half of your year in Florida, you may be wondering whether it is advantageous to officially change your residence to Florida. As with all tax and estate planning matters, the answer will vary depending upon your unique situation. However, the most common considerations deal with income taxes and exemptions for homestead (Florida) and principal residence (Michigan). Read More

Updating Your Estate Plan after a Move to Florida

So you’ve made a move to Florida. Do you need a new will and trust? Most often, the answer is no. Generally speaking, an estate plan that was validly executed in the state where it was signed is valid in all other states. However, there are some scenarios which merit updating an estate plan to conform to Florida law. If your estate plan falls within either of these categories, it’s time for an update. Read More