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Monday, October 18, 2010


Your College Student Needs a Financial and Medical Power of Attorney Form

As we have mentioned in previous emails and other communications from our office, it is important that children, once they reach the age of majority (18 in Michigan), execute a Financial Power of Attorney form and Medical Power of Attorney. A Medical Power of Attorney allows the individual nominated in the document the right to have access to medical records and be involved in medical decision making. A Financial Power of Attorney allows the agent...

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Recently, many of my estate planning clients have asked questions about Lady Bird Deeds and when it is appropriate to use these instruments in estate planning. Like any planning tool, a Lady Bird Deed can be helpful in some situations, but is not appropriate in all cases. The use of a Lady Bird Deed in the wrong situation can lead to unintended or negative results.

What is a Deed?
A deed is a legal instrument that conveys an interest in real estate (land and building) from one party to another. There are many types of deeds that are used to accomplish...

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Dan A. Penning

Voted Best Lawyer / Law Firm Leelanau County

"2010 Grand Traverse Insider People's Choice Award Winner"

Thank you to all who voted. We appreciate it!

Dan A. Penning

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

School emergency contact cards are not enoughAs a majority of Michigan children begin school this week, there are a few things parents can put in place now that will help their children and themselves address an unexpected emergency situation if it should arise.

Naming a short-term guardian for your children
Filling out the emergency contact card the school requires is simply not enough, particularly if something happens to you. You, as the parent, are likely the named emergency contact person for the school, but if you are not available by reason of...

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

"No Dad, I have to go for the team."

When I suggested to my son, Casey, he could bypass the weekly "Team Trivia" competition he gave me a very matter-of-fact reply of "No Dad, I have to go for the team." So off we went to the Village Inn to meet up with "Casey's Team" for an evening of burgers and "I've got that one, it's The Matrix" or "Luxembourg" as "the northern most country beginning with the letter "L" to not play in the last winter Olympics." Luckily the Coopers were on hand to offer up "entropy" for "the science of boiling and cooling water," and "Baltimore...

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