The law can seem like a daunting and complex tangle. The attorneys of Cunningham Dalman are here to help. If you require legal representation or would like to seek advice from a law expert, we hope you’ll talk with someone at our firm. We also encourage you to learn more about legal issues that matter to you. On this page you will find valuable information about many different aspects of the law. We encourage you to spend some time browsing this collection of posts written by Cunningham Dalman attorneys.
Despite our best laid plans, sometimes things in life just happen. While it may be impossible to plan for every eventuality in our lives, having awareness of resources available to assist us and our loved ones can make unexpected events somewhat less challenging. Some of these resources include guardianship proceedings available through a Probate Court.… continue reading
Tax strategies and Medicaid planning goals often conflict. As an example, imagine a single person who requires nursing home care and their main asset is an individual retirement account (“IRA”). In order to qualify for Medicaid this person will need to liquidate the IRA because of the $2,000 asset limit to be eligible for Medicaid… continue reading
Q: I am thinking about buying a cottage by a lake. What do I need to consider? A: You need to consider all the things you would for buying any other property, plus some things unique to waterfront property. They are all important and some complex. If you plan to build there are additional concerns.… continue reading
If you have ever been involved with forming a new entity in Michigan within the last 20 years, you have undoubtedly heard of “LLCs”. The acronym stands for “limited liability company” (not “limited liability corporation”, as is often mistaken), and ever since Michigan adopted the Limited Liability Company Act in June 1993 (and later amended… continue reading
I have a will. Will my family avoid the cost and stress of having to go through probate when I pass? Most likely not. A will is actually used when assets have to be probated at your passing. So, a will does not allow your family to bypass the cost and hassle of probate. I… continue reading
Q: I am buying some property. Do I really need a survey? A: Yes, you really need a survey. If you buy property without a survey, you run the risk that the boundaries of the property are not where you think. Your house may encroach onto your neighbor’s or theirs may encroach onto yours, or… continue reading
Every year Ottawa County hosts tens of (if not hundreds of) thousands of folks for the Tulip Time celebrations. In good weather, as we have had this year, the vibrant colors from the cohorts of plantings brighten the lives of everyone in the area. Unfortunately, with the celebration comes the burden of increased traffic. With… continue reading
Now more than ever, the transaction of business is dependent on the use of electronic means to secure a person’s signature. Everything from change of beneficiary designations to purchase agreements can now be signed electronically. While there are a few exceptions to this general rule – notably, estate planning documents still require a traditional written… continue reading
On December 8, 2016 Michigan’s Governor signed into law the Qualified Dispositions in Trust Act. The Act went into effect on March 8, 2017. This new law makes it possible for the first time for people to create a Domestic Asset Protection Trust (DAPT) in Michigan that benefits the person who created the trust. Michigan… continue reading
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