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Print Book with a Download of Forms | Online Book
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.

Print Book with a Download of Forms | Online Book
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.

Print Book with a Download of Forms | Online Book
Anchored by a very popular revocable trust form. Covers planning and drafting many of the most in demand Michigan trusts, including advanced, charitable, and other specialty trusts.

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.

Print Book with a Download of Forms | Online Book
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 interpreting 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.

Print Book with a Download of Forms | Online Book
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.

Print Book with a Download of Forms | Online Book
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.

Print Book with a Download of Forms | Online Book
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.

Print Book with a Download of Forms | Online Book
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.

Print Book with a Download of Forms | Online Book
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.

Print Book with a Download of Forms | Online Book
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.

Print Book | Online Book
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.

Print Book with a Download of Forms | Online Book
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.


Certificates
Certificate
Join your colleagues in this systematic training program developed in cooperation with the Probate & Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Personalize the program to suit your needs and walk away with a Certificate suitable for framing.


Upcoming Seminars
Live 03/18/21
Understand the best solutions to typical issues found in drafting for an estate under $5 million. In this unique hands-on workshop, participants work in groups to plan and present their solutions to a hypothetical case study.


On-Demand Seminars
Presented 01/08/19 | On-Demand Seminar
Trust administration with an incapacitated settlor is different than a postdeath trust administration. Get expert advice on establishing incapacity and providing proper notice. Work with successor trustees and agents under a power of attorney.

Presented 11/01/18 | On-Demand Seminar
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 01/09/20 | On-Demand Seminar
New Michigan Court Rules governing civil discovery went into effect January 1, 2020. Per MCR 5.131(B)(1), they apply to probate proceedings. Get guidance on the impact these amendments will have on probate litigation and prepare for the new requirements.

Presented 07/09/19 | On-Demand Seminar
Initial estate planning interviews can be difficult. Get ideas on how to open this meeting and set the stage for the estate planning conversation. Put clients at ease, sincerely connect, and get the information you need to meet your client's goals.

Presented 10/01/19 | On-Demand Seminar
Prevent improperly executed, notarized, or witnessed estate plans and unfunded trusts with a carefully orchestrated signing meeting. Get ideas on what to cover at this meeting and put the finishing touches on a well-drafted estate plan.

Presented 08/27/19 | On-Demand Seminar
The Michigan Uniform Directed Trust Act went into effect in March 2019. Estate planners can get well versed on the act and the new divided trusteeships. Our experts discuss drafting considerations and practical uses.

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 02/26/19 | 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 02/18/20 | On-Demand Seminar
Get the latest drafting strategies from the experts and get your forms in tip-top shape. Stay informed of changes in the law and take away model forms that you can use immediately.
    

Presented 07/26/18 | On-Demand Seminar
Be prepared to explore and plan for your estate planning clients' interests in partnerships or LLCs. Interpret death provisions and other mechanisms for transferring these types of interests into an estate or trust.

Presented 12/05/19 | On-Demand Seminar
Effectively handle retirement assets. This seminar uses a case study to explain the Required Minimum Distribution rules, how to make retirement benefits payable to trusts, and post-death administration. Grasp all of the changes made by the SECURE Act.

Presented 10/09/18 | On-Demand Seminar
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 10/29/19 | On-Demand Seminar
An all-star faculty takes you through each step of the estate planning process, from the first client meeting to signing the documents. Walk away with sample documents and forms. Perfect for lawyers who are new to estate planning.

Presented 05/06/20 | On-Demand Seminar
The COVID-19 pandemic is requiring lawyers to adjust how they practice and manage their law firms. Get practical advice on how to navigate your firm through this crisis and other challenges in the future.

Presented 04/10/18 | On-Demand Seminar
Protect your clients with advice and guidance on recent developments from Michigan’s most knowledgeable Medicaid professionals.
    

Presented 04/16/19 | On-Demand Seminar
Protect your clients with advice on recent developments from Michigan’s most knowledgeable Medicaid professionals.
    

Presented 06/30/20 | On-Demand Seminar
Register for this on-demand seminar and protect your clients with advice on recent developments from Michigan’s most knowledgeable Medicaid professionals.
    

Presented 09/19/18 | On-Demand Seminar
When settling a personal injury claim, be prepared to deal with the implications of a Medicare lien. As a guardian, ensure your ward's funds and Medicare eligibility are protected by navigating the reimbursement process through CMS.

Presented 02/06/20 | On-Demand Seminar
The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (SECURE Act) made sweeping changes to the treatment of IRAs and retirement benefits post death. Our experts discuss how the SECURE Act will affect estate plans with retirement accounts.

Presented 12/05/19 | 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 05/08/18 | On-Demand Seminar
MI Choice Waiver has extraordinary potential to meet an older client's long-term need for support and services. Plan effectively and efficiently for older clients by learning how and when to use MI Choice Waiver.

Presented 06/15/18 | 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.

Presented 06/21/19 | Electronic Materials
No matter what your experience level, enjoy a schedule packed with the best national and local speakers right here in Acme or Plymouth. Hear about digital assets, planning for chronic disease and disability, family business interests, and more.

Posted 07/23/20 | On-Demand Event
Register for the on-demand event. Get the latest on the SECURE Act and Medicaid. Improve your drafting to avoid litigation. Explore estate planning for married couples, powers of appointment, guardianships, and conservatorships.

Presented 04/16/20 | On-Demand Seminar
Executive Order 2020-41 allows for remote witnessing and notarization on Michigan legal documents through May 6, 2020. Our experts discuss the requirements of the new order and demonstrate a remote signing meeting.

Presented 06/01/20 | On-Demand Seminar
The CARES Act has specific provisions to help people with retirement accounts who are experiencing financial difficulty during the COVID-19 pandemic. See how the CARES Act retirement plan loan and distribution changes can help you or your clients.

Presented 09/21/20 | On-Demand Seminar
In this part of our series, our experts discuss the ins and outs of proper planning. They provide guidance for working with the special needs family to meet the long- and short-term goals for their disabled family member.

Presented 05/30/19 | On-Demand Seminar
Talking to clients about end-of-life care and treatment begins at the first meeting. Our experts explore topics to address in that meeting, what to look for in prior estate plans, and long-term planning tools and options.

Presented 06/15/20 | On-Demand Seminar
With the passage of the SECURE Act, and other dramatic changes in tax laws, the future of estate, gift, and other transfer taxes is unknown. Build flexibility into your clients' estate and tax plans, and take advantage of available planning tools.

Presented 03/14/19 | On-Demand Seminar
The $10 million exemption amount has not eliminated estate planning, only transformed it. The focus has shifted from estate tax planning to income tax and basis planning. Get the latest strategies for plans above and below the exemption amounts.

Presented 05/14/19 | On-Demand Seminar
Get up-to-date Medicaid and retirement planning strategies to successfully navigate complex federal and state regulations in this ever-changing area. Protect your clients' interests by determining which assets are countable or exempt.


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