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James P. Frederick

James Frederick’s Legal Guides

12 total


  • How to Avoid Probate

    Determine the ownership of assets If your assets are titled in joint names or with a beneficiary designated, then you are done. Probate will not be required upon your death. The same is true if the a

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  • How to Probate an Estate in Michigan

    The first steps Once someone dies with property titled in their name alone, (with no joint owners or beneficiaries designated), probate will generally be required. The probate process is commenced by

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  • Do I need an attorney to set up an estate plan?

    Determining the need for attorney advice Unless you have the experience to do so, and or are very confident in your ability to follow detailed instructions, you would not perform medical surgery your

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  • Estate Planning When Minors Are Involved

    The "bare bones" approach There are different levels of estate planning. At the most basic level, people need to leave directives as to who will care for their children, in the event they are no long

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  • Should I Purchase Long Term Care Insurance?

    People are living longer. The fastest growing segment of the U.S. population is people over 80. Because of this fact, more people require more medical care. Medicare and Medicaid cannot keep up with the increased demand and are cutting benefits. Long term care insurance is one alternative.

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  • How (and When) to Take Advantage of Free (or low cost) Estate Planning Tools

    Determine your estate planning needs Your planning needs depend on a number of factors: 1) the size and make-up of your estate; 2) the age and financial savvy of your beneficiaries; 3) your planning

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  • Do I need a Will?

    Do you have any "probate assets" The only time a Will is ever used is during probate proceedings. If you do not have any assets titled in your name alone, or if all such assets have beneficiaries des

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  • Top Ten Ways NOT to Plan Your Estate

    Do not fail to plan at all Some people have the opinion that "I am not going to be around to see what happens, so I am not going to worry about it." This can have disastrous effects on your loved one

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  • What is the MINIMUM amount of estate planning I can get by with to avoid probate?

    EVERY person should have a General Durable Power of Attorney in place that names someone to handle their financial affairs and medical treatment decisions, in the event he or she becomes incapacitated. If someone does not have this document, then probate proceedings will be neces...

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  • Top 10 reasons to avoid probate

    Probate is the process of the court giving someone authority to transfer the title of a deceased person's assets. This generally results in higher costs and more aggravation than is necessary.

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