Your last Will and Testament is the foundation of a comprehensive estate plan. A Will describes your wishes of how you intend to dispose of your property upon passing. It is typically the centerpiece of any basic estate plan, whether or not a living trust is used in addition to the will. A properly drafted will empowers you to control what transpires with your assets and property after your passing.
A Trust is a very beneficial estate planning tool that serves a different purpose than a Will. There are many different types of trusts. Among the better known and most commonly used are: revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, and testamentary trusts. Trusts can be simple or complex, and serve a variety of legal, personal, investment or tax planning purposes.
Guardianship is the expressed, legal permission granted to an individual allowing them authoritative power over the affairs of another individual. The notion of Guardianship is expensive within the legal spectrum, but the most common forms of Guardianship are typically associated with estate planning and custodianship.
A Power of Attorney is a legal document giving another person he legal right to do certain things for you. The specific powers are specifically spelled out in the body of the document.
If you are a family with young children, your estate plan should begin with a foundation that ensures your children would always be taken care of, no matter what life throws your way. At Esqueda Law, PLLC, one of the areas of expertise is planning for and protecting your children.
Parents with children who have special needs face many challenges when it comes to providing and caring for their children.
My goal is to build long-term relationships with my clients and their families by establishing a “cradle to grave” approach that provides parents with peace of mind, allowing them to focus on the important mission of raising their child.
I educate parents on public benefits, guardianships/conservatorships, and planning for disabilities and special education issues. My goal is to help parents achieve their goal of being life-long advocates for their children by educating them on legal resources available to them.
Probate Administration is the process of closing the estate of a descendant. This process is overseen by the Michigan’s Probate Court system.
When a person dies with probate property a probate estate is “opened.” This process begins with filing the will, death certificate, and petition at the Probate Court.
The assets and liabilities owned at the time a person passes away forms their “estate.” The state of Michigan has a set of laws governing the administration of the estate and how to accommodate the deceased’s estate plan – or lack thereof.
Aging is often filled with many complexities that stem from the natural process of growing older including deteriorating health, and financial concerns.
Elder Law is the area of law that uniquely meets the challenges that are faced by seniors. This area of Elder Law encompasses many different legal areas, including estate planning, business succession planning, Medicaid planning and asset protection working together in a cohesive way to ensure protection for individuals as they age.
Liza’s experience at preparing Comprehensive Estate Plans; including Wills, Trusts, durable Powers of Attorney and related documents, allows her to help each client develop an estate plan that is personalized to their needs. She designs estate plans for modest estate to high net worth individuals and believes every person deserves to have an estate plan that is shaped by their own set of unique circumstances, whatever those may be. Liza regularly handles multi- generational planning, planning for second marriages, and planning for times of incapacity or disability. She also assists clients with guardianship and conservatorship proceedings, and pre- marital and domestic partnership agreements. Whether planning or administering an estate, Liza is committed to providing exceptional legal service that is personalized and affordable for every client.
Liza received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio and received her Juris Doctor degree from Western Michigan University Thomas Cooley Law School.