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‘You Have to Start in Order to Finish:’ Preparing for life’s marathon


“The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare”-Juma Ikangaa, Marathon Runner

Just like you should never run a race without a good race plan, you should not go through life without a good estate plan.

To answer questions about estate planning and in honor of National Running Day on June 5, Foster Swift attorney Jonathan J. David releases his book, Estate Planning: You Have to Start in Order to Finish. While it’s never an easy subject to discuss with loved ones, David explains the value of a comprehensive estate plan and why creating a “do it yourself estate plan” using online forms is like buying poorly fitting running shoes.

Readers will find definitions to common estate planning terms along with guidance for often-asked estate planning questions such as:

—Does having a will help me avoid probate?

—How do I protect my spouse and my children if something happens to me?

—What documents make up a typical estate plan?

—What happens if I die without a will?

 This free e-book is available for download and can be found on David’s bio under ‘Attorney Directory’ at fosterswift.com as well as the firm’s Elder Law blog page at mielderlawblog.com.

“Jay” David practices in the firm’s Grand Rapids office and has extensive experience preparing a wide variety of lifetime and estate planning documents such as wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney for both financial and health care matters and living wills. David also practices in non-profit corporate law and business law.

He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan, cum laude, and his J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

David was the subject of a Grand Rapids Legal News profile in August 2015 when he received an honorable mention in the State Bar of Michigan fiction contest; He also wrote a column for the Advance newspapers, and some of his writing aimed at a senior audience can be seen at go60.com.

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