Michigan Last Will & Testament Information
Wills in Michigan allow the testator an opportunity to ensure their spouse, children, and other loved ones, are taken care of upon death. The Michigan law enables you to leave property or gifts to charitable organizations.
A Michigan Last Will & Testament includes the following requirements:
- The testator must be eighteen years old or older.
- They must also be of ‘sound mind’.
- The Will must be signed by the testator or by someone else in their name (provided it is done under the testator’s direction and in their presence).
- The signing of the Will requires at least two witnesses in order to make it valid.
- Another requirement to make the Will valid is that it must be in written format.
- A Michigan resident may bequeath their assets to any beneficiaries.
Dying without a will: In Michigan the surviving spouse inherits the entire estate unless the decedent also has descendants shared with said spouse, in which case the spouse inherits the first $150,000 of intestate property and 1/2 of the balance. If there are only surviving children, they inherit the entire estate. Parents are also entitled to a part of the estate if there is a surviving spouse but no children/descendants.
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Our study into Michigan relationships was featured on WXYZ Detroit. Below is the article text, and you can follow a link to the story below:
(WXYZ) — Nearly half of Michigan divorces end amicably, according to a new study.
Researchers with USAWillGuru.com , a provider of will and testament information, surveyed 5,000 divorcees and found 48 percent of Michiganders said their breakup ended on good terms after being asked if they had experienced an amicable breakup.
Michigan marriages last longer compared to most states, study finds.
This is roughly in line with the national average of 45 percent, according to the survey.
In fact, more than one in 10 Michiganders – or 14 percent – have included ex-spouses in their wills.
On the other hand, Nevadans were the least likely to go through a harmonius breakup with only 15 percent citing they ended their relationship on amicable terms. In comparison, people from Utah had the highest percentage of amicable breakups in America with 79 percent of survey respondents saying this was the case.