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Edward Gudeman

Edward Gudeman

Metro Detroit's Most Experienced Estate Planning and Business Attorney
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  • Michigan
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Gudeman & Associates, P.C. is a team of knowledgeable attorneys who assist individuals, families and businesses. For over 45 years, we have used our experience, expertise and knowledge of laws to ensure Michigan residents, their families and business are protected. Gudeman attorneys possess a comprehensive background in multiple practices including Estate Planning, Business Planning, Federal and State Taxation, Real Estate and other legal services.

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Edward Gudeman graduated from the University of Michigan Law School at twenty-three years of age. He has practiced in many areas of the law and is an experienced, knowledgeable and aggressive practitioner.
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Consumer Bankruptcy Association
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Practice Areas
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Tax Law
Business Taxes, Criminal Tax Litigation, Estate Tax Planning, Income Taxes, International Taxes, Payroll Taxes, Property Taxes, Sales Taxes, Tax Appeals, Tax Audits, Tax Planning
Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
Cannabis & Marijuana Law
Marijuana Business Formation, Medical Marijuana
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
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Q. My husband owns three LLC's, no end of life docs. If he dies, do those businesses transfer to me, or include his sons?
A: The LLC membership interests will be part of your husband's intestate probate estate. Consequently, state law will determine the ultimate beneficiaries.

Both of you should endeavor to get operating agreements done for the LLCs and you should both get wills and, at least, a revocable trust. The LLC interests can be assigned to the trust and the trust can provide for the distribution of the membership interests.

The circumstances that you describe call for the drafting and implementation of a succession plan for the operation of the businesses as well.
Q. As a listed beneficiary, do I have rights to request a copy of the trust in its entirety as it applies to all parties?
A: Under Michigan law, the trustees must provide you with the portions of the trust that relate to your rights to distributions, etc. There is nothing in the statutes to compel them to provide you with the entire trust document.

As a practical matter, however, many of the probate judges do not believe that providing only the dipositive sections of a trust is sufficient and will order that a complete version of the trust is distributed to the beneficiaries.
Q. M y friend and I have lived together over 34 years, never got married to each other but hold all assets jointly.
A: Yes, we can help. The situation you describe is actually not uncommon. The fact that you are not husband and wife presents a few technical issues, but is not a bar to allowing you to arrange your affairs the way you describe.

We provide no obligation consultations, in person, over the phone or via Zoom.

So, your location is not an issue.

Let us know if we can be of assistance.
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1026 W. Eleven Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Telephone: (248) 546-2800