Christopher J. Caldwell

Christopher J. Caldwell

Varnum LLP

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“Ladybird Deed” Language Removed from Michigan Tax Guidelines

Many people have heard of a "Ladybird Deed," but few understand how Ladybird Deeds work. In essence, this type of deed allows property to pass automatically upon an individual's death without the need of probate, offering a...more

7/15/2014 - Deeds Estate Planning State Taxes

Cottage Transfers of Ownership without Uncapping Property Tax Broadened Under Michigan House Bill

On December 27, 2012, HR-4753 was signed into law by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. As discussed in our previous blog post, "HR-4753: An Early Christmas Gift for Michigan Cottage Owners!", this law prevents the uncapping of...more

6/17/2014 - Estate Planning Property Tax Real Estate Transfers Transfer of Title

Same-Sex Marriage And The Effect Of Windsor And Hollingsworth Cases On Estate Planning In Michigan

On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued decisions in the cases of U.S. v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry, two highly anticipated decisions regarding the constitutionality of same-sex marriage in the...more

7/2/2013 - DOMA Due Process Employee Benefits Equal Protection Estate Planning Hollingsworth v Perry Proposition 8 Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Standing US v Windsor

Non-Tax Reasons For Creating An Estate Plan

For most individuals - about 99.9% - estate taxes are no longer a concern thanks to the recent "fiscal cliff" legislation. However, that does not mean that estate planning is no longer necessary....more

3/18/2013 - Estate Planning Estate Tax Guardians Probate

Michigan Legislation In 2012

Congress was not the only busy legislative body in December. Our state legislature also passed, and the Governor signed, several important bills which affect estate planning for Michigan residents. We found the following to...more

1/16/2013 - 529 Plans Estate Planning Estate Tax Irrevocable Trusts Power of Attorney Property Tax

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