Probate/Estate Planning

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ICLE's most comprehensive elder law resource. Covers long-term care, health care benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, veterans benefits, nursing home quality, housing, special needs trusts, and remedies for elder abuse and exploitation.

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Effective attorney fee agreements are part of every profitable law practice. Get sample fee agreements and practice commentary for 13 types of matters, plus chapters on ethical requirements, practical issues in fees and billing, and collecting your fees.

Electronic Download
Save hours of time preparing SCAO probate court forms. Enter client information once and let the software guide you through the forms. Easy to learn and easy to use. Forms are in Microsoft Word; product includes the HotDocs Player.

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Step-by-step guide to all forms of estate administration under EPIC, both supervised and unsupervised. Includes comprehensive checklists of steps and dates, advice on underwater estates, and how to complete SCAO forms.

Print Book
Includes EPIC and the Michigan Trust Code with Reporters' Commentary in a handy portable paperback. ICLE is the only source for the Commentary, an invaluable aid to interpretating the law.

Online Book
Designed for the lawyer who plans to handle an estate using informal proceedings. Includes sample filled-in SCAO forms and a discussion of real estate issues.

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Popular handbook covering the 22 most common areas of Michigan practice, from real estate to divorce, employment, probate, debt collection, ADR, and more. Each chapter summarizes the law, gives practical guidance, and includes sample forms.

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ICLE's most comprehensive, practical, time- and expert-tested estate planning resource. Covers planning the estate; drafting revocable trusts, wills, and durable powers; and implementing the estate plan.

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Step-by-step guide to Michigan guardianships and conservatorships. Covers guardianships for legally incapacitated persons, minors, and developmentally disabled persons, as well as alternatives to guardianship. Includes sample forms.

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Answer your clients' questions about Medicaid planning or build your own Medicaid planning practice. Clearly explains asset and income eligibility rules, divestment, and the best current strategies. Covers estate recovery. With sample forms.

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The book the judges use, prepared by ICLE for the SCAO and distributed to Michigan probate judges and registers. Covers all proceedings heard in probate court, including estate, guardianship, and mental commitment proceedings, and civil actions.

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Gives you the tools you need to handle contested probate court matters. Know which rules apply and how to handle will contests, claims for breach of fiduciary duty, challenges to joint property, creditors' claims, and disputed attorney fees.

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Compiles all the Michigan probate statutes, rules, and forms you need in one place. Includes EPIC and the Michigan Trust Code with Reporters' Commentary, probate court rules, probate and elder law statutes, handy resource lists, and indexes.

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Covers planning, drafting, and implementing revocable grantor trusts, as well as using trust protectors, special needs trusts, and revising the trust after death. Anchored by a very popular revocable trust form.

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Whether you advise trustees or serve as trustee yourself, this book gets you on the right track. Covers starting the administration, informing and reporting, investing assets, making distributions, dealing with real estate, and winding up the trust.

Upcoming Seminars
Live 03/15/18
Understand the best solutions to typical issues found in drafting for an estate under $5 million. In this unique hands-on seminar, participants work in groups to plan and present their solutions to a hypothetical case study.

Live 04/10/18
Protect your clients with advice and guidance on recent developments from Michigan’s most knowledgeable Medicaid professionals.

Live 05/16/18
Explore how partnerships (and disregarded entities) can be used to shift basis between assets, maximize the “step-up” in basis, defer and shift tax items (income and deductions), and transfer wealth in a world of diminishing valuation discounts.

Live 05/17-19/18 | Electronic Materials
Dive into cutting-edge topics from local and national experts. Learn how today’s hottest estate and tax planning, probate, and litigation issues will impact your practice.

On-Demand Seminars
Presented 08/29/17 | On-Demand Seminar
Diversify your clients' estate planning. Plan effectively and efficiently for individuals with disabilities by learning how and when to use an Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act account to accomplish special needs estate planning goals.

Presented 12/03/15 | Webcast |
Understand trustee duties and liabilities under the Michigan Trust Code, investments from the fiduciary perspective, issues involving real estate held by the trust, the obligation to inform and report to beneficiaries, and trust distributions.

Presented 03/07/16 | On-Demand Seminar
Even after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Obergefell v Hodges, many issues remain unresolved for same-sex couples. Handle custody and parentage issues, advise unmarried couples, and be culturally competent in how you work with clients.

Presented 04/06/16 | Webcast |
Learn to effectively deal with complex matters unique to older clients, clients with disabilities, and their families. Covers incapacity and powers of attorney, Medicaid and VA benefits, special needs trusts, and guardianships and conservatorships.

Presented 12/05/17 | On-Demand Seminar
The best powers of attorney are tailored to meet the client's specific needs and goals. Guide your client in choosing the best agent for managing their financial affairs. Avoid rejection of the agent's authority by banks and other third parties.

Presented 10/16/17 | On-Demand Seminar
Representing trustees or personal representatives during an estate administration can be challenging. Obtain the information you need to open and process an estate. Identify and manage family dynamics. Successfully end your representation.

Presented 03/28/17 | On-Demand Seminar
Two expert estate planners explain how the Qualified Dispositions in Trust Act affects your estate planning practice, which of your clients will benefit, and how to establish the trust.

Presented 02/18/16 | Webcast |
Respond to the rapid changes in estate planning that affect your documents. This perennially popular and valuable program gives you sample forms covering portability, irrevocable of trusts, digital assets, and more.

Presented 02/16/17 | On-Demand Seminar
Respond to the rapid changes in estate planning that affect your documents. This perennially popular and valuable program gives you sample forms covering funeral representatives, LLCs, client letters, and more.

Presented 02/15/18 | On-Demand Seminar
Get the latest drafting strategies from the experts and get your forms in tip-top shape. This perennially popular and valuable program informs you of changes in the law and gives you model forms that you can put to use today.

Presented 04/19/16 | On-Demand Seminar
Insulate your trusts from probate and administration challenges. Draft flexible trusts that anticipate changes in circumstances, memorialize the settlor's intent, and deal with nonprobate assets and personal property.

Presented 05/16/16 | On-Demand Seminar
Your client's potential international ties can significantly change the results of a well-laid estate plan or make what may seem like a relatively simple plan complicated. Adjust your planning approach based on your client's international connections.

Presented 04/30/15 | On-Demand Seminar
Learn to make retirement assets payable to trusts, use Roth IRAs, Roth 401Ks, traditional IRAs, and 401Ks to benefit your clients, master the Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) rules, and effectively handle post-death administration issues.

Presented 11/17/16 | On-Demand Seminar
As many as 50 percent of marriages may end in divorce. From nuptial agreements to trusts, planners have a variety of techniques at their disposal. Walk away prepared to handle the unique situations your clients face.

Presented 12/07/17 | On-Demand Seminar
Natalie B. Choate, the country’s foremost expert, covers critical changes from the Trump administration that impact retirement asset planning. Using case studies, this presentation answers your key questions.

Presented 02/26/15 | Webcast |
Learn estate administration procedure from start to finish. This seminar provides the essentials on what procedures to follow and forms to fill out from opening the estate through closing the estate.

Presented 10/13/16 | On-Demand Seminar
Learn each step of the estate planning process from an all-star faculty, including client intake, tax basics, planning for spouses, minors, and joint property, and drafting customized wills, trusts, DPOAs, and PADs. Includes sample documents and forms.

Presented 10/26/17 | On-Demand Seminar
Get expert techniques to successfully and efficiently represent your clients in contested probate matters.

Presented 09/20/16 | On-Demand Seminar
Add Individualized Education Plan (IEP) advocacy to your practice. Help special education students receive the support they need. Navigate the law, collaborate with the schools, and empower parents to create an effective, customized plan for their child.

Presented 04/27/16 | Webcast |
Protect your clients with the latest Medicaid updates. Advise clients on partnership long-term care policies, draft airtight postnuptial agreements for Medicaid clients, and work effectively with hospital discharge planners when time is of the essence.

Presented 04/13/17 | On-Demand Seminar
Protect your clients with advice and guidance on recent developments from Michigan’s most knowledgeable Medicaid professionals.

Presented 07/12/17 | On-Demand Seminar
A severe injury or illness can leave a person unable to make his or her own decisions. Guide your clients through the complicated legal and emotional issues that arise when an incapacitated person needs medical treatment.

Presented 08/08/17 | On-Demand Seminar
Do your clients handle their personal or business matters online? Anything online with a username and password could be a digital asset. Be aware and adjust your client's estate plan to allow a fiduciary the necessary access to these assets when needed.

Presented 12/01/16 | On-Demand Seminar
Secure your clients’ accumulated wealth in today’s estate tax environment. Get an expert overview of critical concepts, including gifting and trust drafting, and walk away with sample language to use in your practice.

Presented 10/26/17 | On-Demand Seminar
Learn the nuts and bolts of the tax returns you might file for an estate. Our experts and their samples of completed forms help you avoid common problems.

Presented 06/18/16 | Electronic Materials
Whether new to practice or a seasoned pro, the institute materials cover all of the significant developments so you’ll stay on the cutting edge of practice and effectively handle the most challenging estate, trust, and tax planning issues.

Presented 06/17/17 | Electronic Materials
ICLE’s most comprehensive educational event of the year! Get updates on all of the significant probate and estate planning developments and stay on the cutting edge of practice with tools to handle the most challenging estate and tax planning issues.

Presented 10/26/17 | On-Demand Seminar
Set up systems and processes to increase accuracy, decrease error, decrease time, and increase revenue. Use your team effectively. Manage client communications. Seek appropriate technical and legal knowledge to be successful.

Presented 03/14/16 | On-Demand Seminar
Estate planners: take advantage of the latest tax law developments in discount planning, basis reporting strategies, and intentionally defective grantor trusts. Know when to use joint trusts and plan for same-sex couples after Obergefell.

Presented 02/21/17 | On-Demand Seminar
Address the latest estate planning tax issues in the coming year. Plan for (and minimize) estate and trust income tax, and balance that planning with your client's goals. Adapt your estate planning practice to proposed and new tax regulations.

Presented 01/04/17 | On-Demand Seminar
Get practical judicial insights on probate court practice. Oakland County Probate Court judge Kathleen Ryan and Calhoun County Probate Court judge Michael Jaconette cover guardianships, conservatorships, decedents' estates, trusts, and probate disputes.

Presented 11/29/16 | On-Demand Seminar
Work effectively with guardians ad litem (GALs) when you represent older clients. Provide helpful information to prepare the GAL for their visit. Analyze the GAL report and ask the right questions to advocate for your client.

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