Estate Planning

COVID-19 First Responder Estate Planning Program

Police officers and firefighters are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. Now, more than ever, first responders should consider dusting off their wills, trusts, medical directives, and other estate planning documents.

This is an issue that is near and dear to our firm. For those that don’t know, I graduated the Wayne County Regional Police Academy in May 2012 and then spent over 6 years as a sworn officer with a Southeast Michigan police department. During that time, I was a defense tactics instructor and field training officer among other assignments.

Fellow attorney Breeda O’Leary is a police wife and– in addition to her thriving estate planning practice– she also has extensive experience as a city prosecuting attorney.

To show appreciation for the tireless efforts of our first responders, the law firm of Fausone Bohn is rolling out a COVID-19 First Responder Estate Planning Program. This program will offer a 50% discount for estate planning services for a limited time for active police officers and firefighters.

Click here to read my article about estate planning for cops and why it’s so important. The same considerations will apply to our friends in the firefighting business, too!

If you are a first responder, or if you love a first responder, please contact me to find out more about this program and if you qualify. Click  below to download the intake form and fact sheet, which may be emailed to me.  Or you can call or text me for more information at (734) 956-0113.

First Responder Estate Planning Program

Fact Sheet

 

Please note that this is a limited time program, and we reserve the discretion to accept or reject any client and to determine terms and conditions on a case-by-case basis. Using these forms and contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship and should not be construed as legal advice.

What to Expect When a Loved One Passes Away Unexpectedly

Estate planning attorneys do a lot of talking and writing about how to plan and what to plan for. But they don’t always offer much practical advice on what to expect in the immediate aftermath of your loved one’s unexpected passing.  I’m not talking about the week after, or even the day after– Do you know what you should do or expect if you came home to find that a loved one passed away unexpectedly? Here are some things you should know, based on my own human experience and from years of work in my former life as a police officer and emergency medical technician.

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Giving Back: The Charitable Bequest

The uberwealthy are often in the news for the large amounts of cash they funnel into their private foundations and other charities. But it’s important to realize that those of us who aren’t in the upper echelon can still give back to the causes we’re passionate about. One of those ways is through a charitable bequest– a gift made as part of your Will or Trust.

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Brandon Grysko Returns to Madonna U During ‘Arctic Blast’ as Guest Speaker

I returned  to my alma mater again this year to deliver a repeat performance on the principles of negligence to a Higher Education Law and Public Policy class. Hopefully the students enjoyed the assignment as much as I did.

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Do you have a Super Power (of Attorney)?

A super powered financial plan should include a safety net in case you become incapacitated unexpectedly– Someone you trust should be able to step into your shoes and handle your legal and financial affairs. You, too, can have that “super power” through a durable power of attorney. It won’t help you run faster than a speeding bullet or leap tall buildings in a single bound, but a plan that includes a durable power of attorney will enhance your financial security so you can live your best life with one less thing to worry about.

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Why You Need to Review Beneficiary Designations Post-Divorce

Everyone should periodically review and update beneficiary designations on insurance policies, bank accounts, and retirement plans. But due to federal employee-benefit laws, divorced individuals need to be even more diligent about this, especially with respect to employer-sponsored plans. By being active in your estate planning, you can make sure that your hard work transfers to your intended beneficiaries according to your wishes.

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Estate Planning for Cops: A Call to Action

Police officers are out there risking their lives every day to protect the public. Yet many do not have wills or other estate planning documents in place to protect themselves and their families. Click the article below to find out more. If you or someone you love works in public safety, don’t be afraid to start this conversation.

Estate Planning for Cops

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2019 edition of Michigan Police Chiefs magazine, an official publication of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. Click here to view the full magazine.