ESTATE PLANNING

A Trustworthy Grand Rapids Estate Planning Attorney

Helping you set up a will, trust, power of attorney and more

It’s never too early to begin planning for the future of your assets and your loved ones — even at an early age. At the Law Office of Cery Kennedy, I help you attain the peace of mind you need and deserve, assisting with a wide range of estate planning matters. Whether you need to set up a will or trust, durable power of attorney or outline your wishes as they relate to your medical care, you can rest assured that you will receive honest, upfront, and dependable legal guidance.

Throughout the process, I listen carefully to your concerns and goals, delivering exceptional advice and a cohesive strategy based on your unique needs and situation. I also offer flexible office hours and would be happy to meet with you via Skype or FaceTime if it works better for your schedule.

Navigating the estate planning process in Michigan

No two estate plans are the same, and the approach you take depends on the value of your estate, how you would like to distribute your assets after your passing and your wishes regarding the medical and financial decisions you would like made on your behalf. I assist with the following estate planning needs:

  • Wills: A will is a legal document that informs those who succeed the deceased person as to how assets should be distributed after that person’s death. It also tells the court which people are entitled to the decedent’s estate. It has no impact on a person’s lifetime affairs and does not address incapacity during one’s lifetime.
  • Trusts: By placing certain assets and property in a trust, you may designate a trustee to oversee those assets for a predetermined period of time. After that, the property may be distributed to the trust’s beneficiaries.
  • Durable power of attorney: Through this arrangement, you permit another person to assist you with your business affairs either now or later when you are unable to do so yourself due to an illness or incapacitation. A durable power of attorney arrangement may be revoked at any time and expires at the time of one’s death.
  • Durable power of attorney for healthcare: A durable power of attorney for healthcare allows you to designate another person or persons (such as a spouse, child or children) to make healthcare decisions for you in the event of your inability to do so. You can revoke this authorization as you see fit.

Assistance with all aspects of probate

Most estates go through the probate process, a procedure for transferring title of the decedent’s property to the persons entitled to it. Probate can be an expensive and lengthy process. In the most complex of cases, it may be necessary to engage in litigation to settle these disputes and allow the estate’s assets to be distributed accordingly.

You may need to work with an attorney to determine whether or not the will is valid and if the will makes the wishes of the deceased individual clear.

Speak with a trusted Kent County estate planning lawyer

If you could use the guidance of an estate planning attorney, work with the Law Office of Cery Kennedy. From my office in Wyoming, Michigan, I serve individuals and families in Grand Rapids, Byron Center, Grandville, Caledonia, Walker, Rockford and the surrounding communities. To learn more, call 616-326-1970 or contact me online today.

I listen closely to your needs, concerns, and goals giving you the personal attention that you deserve along with sound legal guidance tailored to meet your needs.

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