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The difference between a personal representative and a trustee

PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE:

A personal representative is appointed by a probate court judge to manage the administration of an estate when someone dies with or without a will and has not transferred all their property into a living trust. If the decedent had a last will and testament in which they named the person they wanted to serve as personal representative, the probate court judge will most likely honor his wishes and appoint this individual. The personal representative of an "intestate" estate, one without a valid will, is commonly called the estate's "administrator."

Planning for your mental health

Many people make plans for various aspects of their retirement, but how many plan for their mental health as they grow older?  The Journal of the American Society of Neurology reported a study last year showing how to plan to reduce the chances (and severity) of dementia.  The report showed that older people who engage in regular exercise experience far less cognitive decline than those who get little or no exercise.  The difference in cognitive decline is equivalent to the decline you would expect from ten years of aging.

How can a special needs trust help my disabled child?

Many parents worry that their child with special needs may find life impossible once they are gone. After all, the often astronomical cost of living with special needs requires government assistance, but leaving a large sum of money to a beneficiary may disqualify him or her from receiving that crucial help.

Who owns the Detroit Tigers?

Family Plan is a Matter of Trust

Mike Illitch, who bought the team for $85 million in 1992, died Feb. 10 at age 87.  Because his widow, Marian Illitch, owns MotorCity Casino Hotel, she is prohibited from inheriting the Tigers under Major League Baseball's rule that forbids theam owners from having any stake in gambling operations.

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