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Flint Offers Free Estate Planning Workshop for Residents, the event to take place on May 1

Flint, Michigan – The City of Flint, in collaboration with the Mallory, VanDyne & Scott (MVS) Bar Association, is organizing a no-cost educational event on estate planning, wills, and end of life arrangements. This event will be held at the new City of Flint Service Center on Wednesday, May 1 at 2 p.m. The three-hour session will explore various topics including how to choose beneficiaries and a personal representative, establishing powers of attorney, selecting guardians for children, safeguarding important documents, burial preferences, and understanding the distinction between a will and a living trust.

If individuals do not have a will, power of attorney, or designated guardianship, their families could face prolonged and complicated probate proceedings. During this period, families might struggle to access insurance benefits needed for funeral expenses, and disputes over the custody of children can arise, adding to their burden.

“Without an estate plan, and specifically a will, the laws will determine what happens to your possessions and the courts will decide who gets custody of your minors,” said Trachelle C. Young, President of MVS Bar Association. “These are decisions every adult and parent should make for themselves.”

This workshop is part of Mayor Sheldon Neeley’s initiative to provide the citizens of Flint with access to financial education tools and opportunities to create wealth for future generations. The session aims to relieve families from the troubles associated with delayed or inaccessible benefits and assets.

“I want to thank our great partners at the MVS Bar Association for providing this free resource for Flint families,” Mayor Neeley said. “Estate planning is an important piece of financial literacy and can help Flint families achieve the goal of building generational wealth. This opportunity will help Flint residents to secure their legacy for their children, grandchildren and generations to come. By engaging in estate planning, families can safeguard their assets and ensure they are protected from unnecessary legal processes and costs.”

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The City of Flint Service Center, where the event will take place, is situated at 4805 Clio Rd., in front of Hallwood Plaza. Following the presentation, there will be a Q&A session for attendees. Additionally, there will be guidance available for anyone interested in starting to plan their estate. Please note, this event is strictly educational. No specific legal advice will be provided, and it does not establish any attorney-client relationship.