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Estate Planning Attorney in Monroe, MI

No matter your age, it is always wise to have an estate plan. Life is unpredictable, and the death or disability of a member of your family can leave you reeling emotionally as well as have devastating financial consequences.  If you have not left a Will or Trust with specific instructions for your assets after you pass, they will be at risk of being distributed according to law rather than per your specific wishes. You need a trusted estate planning attorney in Monroe County who will work with you to make sure there is a plan in place for the benefit of your family. Kyrsten Niemiec is that lawyer. Don’t wait until it is too late. Start the estate planning process today.

Should I Choose a Will or Trust?

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In many instances, a Revocable Living Trust is the answer to your estate planning needs. A Trust allows you to have more control over your assets after death and has the added benefit of avoiding probate. For some people, executing a Will rather than a Trust is a good decision. Kyrsten will go through your options with you and help you decide which is right for you.

In addition to a Will or Trust, you need to have an Advanced Healthcare Directive and Powers of Attorney in place. Durable Powers of Attorney will allow the person of your choosing to manage your finances in the event you are unable to do so.

An Advanced Healthcare Directive ( also called a Medical Power of Attorney or a Patient Advocate Designation) provides directions for your loved ones with regard to the care you prefer to receive and the life sustaining measures you wish to be taken. These decisions are hard to make and can lead to disagreements among family members. Having an Advanced Healthcare Directive in place eliminates those concerns. These documents should always accompany a Revocable Living Trust and/or a Will, as neither a Will nor a Trust alone is sufficient to cover all of your needs. Additionally, a Will and Trust only become effective upon your death, while Powers of Attorney and Advanced Healthcare Directives are for use while you are living. 

The disability of a loved one causes not only pain, but stress, fear and confusion for family members and friends. A lot of that stress can be reduced by preparing for the possibilities with an experienced estate planning lawyer. Being prepared also gives you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that everything is in order if needed.


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Common Questions About Estate Planning

What are the main parts of an estate plan?

• Will/Trust – designate specific people to receive certain items of property.

• Durable Power of Attorney – designates a certain person to act on your behalf with regard to your finances and property if you are unable to.

• Beneficiary Designations – determines who receives contents of accounts/policies outside of the will.

• Healthcare Power of Attorney – designates another individual to make healthcare decisions on your behalf in the event of incapacity.

• Guardianship Designations – designates who you wish to care for your minor children in the event of your death.

Why Should I Have An Estate Plan?

Estate Planning is important because, without it, the laws of the state determine who receives your property, makes your medical decisions and has control of your finances. You know best who to trust and should make sure that you have documents in place to let the Court know your preferences.

Who Needs Estate Planning?
Every Monroe County adult should have at least a Medical Power of Attorney/Patient Advocate Directive/Advanced Healthcare Directive, Durable Power of Attorney and Will in place. This is especially important if you have young children. You will want to have a voice if the Court is in the position of having to determine a guardian for your children. You will want to be able to tell the Court who you think is the best person to care for them if you are gone. Additionally, you also want to make sure that any assets you have can be made available for their care/ support.
What is Probate?

When you create your estate plan, you can make changes and decisions that allow many assets to pass to the recipient of your choosing without the need to open a probate estate. There are times, however, when you have no choice but to open a probate estate, which often happens when the person who has died had no estate planning in place. Opening a probate estate may also be necessary when the deceased owned assets that could not pass to another person without a court order.

It is usually possible to probate a small estate via what is called an “unsupervised administration” or informal proceeding. Conversely, there are times when it is appropriate to ask for a “supervised administration” or formal proceeding in Monroe County Court. Kyrsten will help you determine which one suits your needs. Once it is determined which route works best for you,  Kyrsten will help you through the process.

There are many steps, and lots of paperwork, involved in opening and administering an estate. Estate planning attorney,  Kyrsten Niemiec and KN Legal in Monroe, MI, can help you navigate those steps, alleviate some of the pressure on you and allow you to focus on processing the loss of your loved one.

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13 Washington St.
Monroe, MI 48161
(734) 240-0110