Hamilton Law Blog

What A Living Trust Can Do For You

Posted by Ean P. Hamilton, Esq. | Sep 01, 2022 | 0 Comments

You will accumulate assets that you have legal ownership over during your lifetime. Your name is on the title of your car, the deed to your home, and you—and perhaps your spouse—are the only ones who can access your bank accounts. There are levels of protection to ensure that what we own cannot...

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The Value Of Trademarks

Posted by Philip E. Hamilton, Esq. | Aug 10, 2022 | 0 Comments

Your business is more than its product or service. People build companies based on shared values and standards. There's a certain feeling and mindset that people enter into when they use your product. For instance, Jeeps may draw consumers seeking adventure and exploration. Businesses use words...

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Non-Profits & 501(c)(3) Organizations

Posted by Philip E. Hamilton, Esq. | Jul 15, 2022 | 0 Comments

The term 501(c)(3) is pulled directly from Title 26 of the U.S. Code, referred to as the IRS tax code. These apply to taxes, but there is a specific section dedicated solely to non-profit organizations—which is section 501(c)(3). Any organization that meets the criteria can be exempt from pay...

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A Will Won’t Prevent Probate

Posted by Ean P. Hamilton, Esq. | May 13, 2022 | 0 Comments

A will doesn't prevent your assets from passing through probate. Before we explain why, it is important to note that we are not trying to dissuade you from creating a will. They are precious estate planning tools. The attorneys at Hamilton Law draft wills for our clients, and we wouldn't do s...

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Lapses, Updates, & Probate Litigation

Posted by Ean P. Hamilton, Esq. | Apr 06, 2022 | 0 Comments

Michigan has an anti-lapse statute. When you understand how these work in conjunction with estate planning, you can ensure your assets go to your intended beneficiaries. Additionally, you could prevent your estate from triggering probate litigation after you pass away. People build estate plans to make things easier for their loved ones. With that in mind, let's go over the impact an anti-lapse statute can have on your estate and how you can plan for it. 

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Why After-Death Services Are Important

Posted by Ean P. Hamilton, Esq. | Mar 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

Estate planning is vitally important. Although we have said it before, it bears the need to be repeated: estate planning is a selfish act that you do for the benefit of those you leave behind. Without one, your family has the monumental task of navigating settling your affairs. For instance, im...

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The Basics Of Michigan’s Cannabis Laws

Posted by Philip E. Hamilton, Esq. | Feb 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

The laws surrounding cannabis can be confusing. Many people grew up under the premise that marijuana was a Schedule 1 controlled substance. These drugs have a high potential for abuse and possess no medical use. On a federal level, it continues to live under that classification. However—and this ...

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The Benefits Of A Power Of Attorney

Posted by Ean P. Hamilton, Esq. | Jan 19, 2022 | 0 Comments

To better understand the beneficial power of attorney, you must first know what you lose by not having one. No one plans on being incapacitated or seriously injured. But if it happens, we have loved ones and family members to take care of us, to talk to the doctors on our behalf, to pay the mor...

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Preparing Your Business To Face The Future

Posted by Ean P. Hamilton, Esq. | Dec 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

A business succession plan is where business and estate planning intersect. If you own a business, you must have a plan for how it will run without you. If something were to happen to you unexpectedly, would the company continue in your absence? Even a significant majority of family businesses ...

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Understanding Trademarks

Posted by Philip E. Hamilton, Esq. | Nov 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

Intellectual property is extremely valuable. To prove it, consider the following: Think about your favorite fast-food chain. If someone had the power to erase every store in the world magically, would that company still be worth money? Absolutely. Despite their inventory and stores being gone, ...

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Why Everyone Should Create An Estate Plan

Posted by Ean P. Hamilton, Esq. | Oct 12, 2021 | 1 Comment

When the subject of estate planning gets brought up, people may quickly think either of the following: Estate planning is only for the elderly  Estate planning is only for the wealthy Estate planning is for both groups of people—and they are for you as well. You would have a challenging ...

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How To Make An Offer On A Home

Posted by Philip E. Hamilton, Esq. | Sep 08, 2021 | 0 Comments

Whether you are buying your first home or the one you plan to retire in, the key is to focus on what you can control. When you enter a competitive seller's market, you can be quickly overwhelmed by how much the process relies on other people. For instance, the seller has to accept your offer....

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Overcoming The Hardest Part Of An Estate Plan

Posted by Ean P. Hamilton, Esq. | Aug 06, 2021 | 0 Comments

For many couples who are creating their estate plan, choosing a guardian for their minor children is the most challenging part of the process. It isn't uncommon for parents to take more time on this piece than the others.  People create estate plans because they want to control their assets, pro...

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