COVID-19 UPDATE: During the Crisis, a Durable Power of Attorney-Healthcare is Essential

Last week, I wrote a blog post about estate planning, which included my estate planning recommendations as we face the COVID-19 health crisis. This week, I’m writing specifically about the Durable Power of Attorney-Healthcare document (also known as a Medical Power of Attorney or Patient Advocate Designation). While I think a Durable Power of Attorney-Healthcare (DPOA-HC) is an important part of an estate plan under normal circumstances, it is even more important – I would argue essential – at this time.

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COVID-19 UPDATE: Estate Planning Suggestions During the “Shut Down”

As we all know by now, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-21 on Monday, March 23, 2020, effectively shutting down the state until at least April 13, 2020. As of the date of this writing, almost 2,300 people living in Michigan have contracted Covid-19. As we face this unprecedented health crisis, I recommend the following regarding your estate planning documents:

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COVID-19 UPDATE: Custody and Parenting Time During the “Shut Down”

As we all know by now, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-21 on Monday, March 23, 2020, effectively shutting down the state until at least April 13. The Governor’s “Stay at Home Order” has some exceptions, but for the most part, we have been ordered to stay home until we get the Coronavirus and Covid-19 crisis under control.

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Collaborative Divorce Can Be a Gentler Divorce

In the course of my family law practice, I see on a weekly basis how devastating divorce can be to both parties and their families, often because of the contentious nature of litigation and the lack of privacy in court proceedings.

This is particularly true in West Michigan, where we have a healthy regard for privacy and often choose to think the best of others.
That’s why I’m always searching for new developments in the field of law to alleviate the pain caused by “the airing of dirty laundry” and the hard feelings that often result from contested proceedings.

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