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Travis Dafoe’s Legal Guides

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  • Estate Planning 101

    The basics of estate planning. What do you need to consider while you are making decisions about how to create your estate plan Basics When you are starting your estate plan, there are a couple of thi

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  • What does a personal representative do?

    A personal representative is named by a will or appointed by the Court. Michigan law provides several duties that a personal representative must follow. A personal representative can be held liable fo

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  • What is a Fiduciary

    A fiduciary relationship is a relationship of trust, but legally it means so much more. A fiduciary as a nonlegal term encompasses everyone who is in a position of trust or confidence of another. Lega

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  • A Will or a Trust

    The decision of whether you need a will or a trust is a complex decision that should result from a thorough analysis of your needs and wants. Estate Planning should not be a one-size-fits-all proposit

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  • Don’t Put Your Kids On Your Deeds

    It is generally a mistake to put your kids on your property deed. It Transfers an Interest in the Property If you put your child's name on the deed, your child owns part of the house. So, they can for

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  • Estate Planning Problems to Avoid: Putting your Kids on Your Bank Accounts

    One of the most common mistakes that people make is to put their kids on their bank accounts. There are a lot of good reasons not to do this, but it continues to happen. Don't Add Your Kids to Your B

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  • Unemployment Insurance in Michigan: The Basics of misconduct and voluntary quits

    Unemployment insurance was intended to provide a safety net for people who are out of work. Generally, once you lose a job you are eligible for unemployment insurance from the state of Michigan. There are two main ways that an employee is ineligible for unemployment: misconduct a...

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  • AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT IN MICHIGAN

    In Michigan an most employees are considered to be an at-will employee. The term at-will is thrown around and few really understand what it means. Most assume or use the term to mean that an employee is fireable at the whim of the employer. While there is truth to this idea, it h...

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  • Employer Medical Entrance Exams

    Employer Entrance Examinations When you are hired by a new employer and they request that you have a medical examination what information do you have to provide? What information may an employer demand? Do you have any privacy? Can the employer demand that you submit to an intens...

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  • Michigan teachers face new challenges imposed by legislature

    This summer Michigans legislature changed the rules for teachers on issues ranging from health care to collective bargaining. First, the legislature mandated that all public bodies can only pay an amount they set for health benefits (a hard cap). At first glance this seems like ...

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