Why You Still Need an Estate Plan

Many people believe that estate planning is only for the ultra-wealthy, a belief that has been exacerbated over the past several years with a markedly increased unified estate and gift tax credit ($5.45 million per individual in 2016). While it’s true that estate and gift tax planning was a common reason for estate planning within recent years, the belief that it is the only or most important reason is a common misconception. Read More

Rebecca Wrock Writes for State Bar Newsletter

Did you know that May is National Pet Month?

Mammel Law Attorney Rebecca Wrock has been published three times this year on animal law matters, most recently on the topic of including pets in your estate plan. She has lectured on the topic for law students in the US and Canada. Read her article in the newsletter for the State Bar of Michigan Animal Law Section here.

Is your pet accounted for in your estate plan?

Pet Related Tax Deductions

While only California has begun a movement to treat pets as dependents, there are a number of deductions already available within the federal tax code that can be applicable to pets in certain situations. Do any of these scenarios apply to you and your pet? Read More

Protecting Your Pet in Case of Your Death or Incapacity

While we have many people in our busy lives, our pets have only us. Everyone needs an estate plan, and no pet owner’s plan is complete without ensuring that his or her beloved pet is provided for. Have you thought about what would happen to your pet if you are deceased or incapacitated? Read More

Who Will Take Care of Your Pet After Your Death?

For many, pets are part of the family – but have you considered what would happen to your pet if you die or become incapacitated? Because pets don’t receive the same protections under the law as do other dependents, it is up to pet owners to ensure that there is a legally effective plan in place. Read More