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March Chapter Meeting- Estate Planning

  • Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 21100 Haggerty Road, Northville Township, MI 48167

Swedish Death Cleaning in the Digital Age

Margareta Magnusson's newly published book, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter, is generating a lot of buzz about organizing as an estate planning activity.

Attorney Kathy Svoboda will be giving us the rundown on the other estate planning activities that we and our clients need to do to prepare for the inevitable. She'll be answering common (and uncommon) questions, like:

What is the most frequent consequence for families/couples due to lack of estate planning? What is the difference between an estate plan and a will?

Who controls social media accounts after a family member dies? What are digital assets?  Who owns them?  What happens to these assets upon death?  Can an agent under a DPOA or a Fiduciary otherwise designated obtain access to these assets?  What is a digital custodian?

Send your questions on the topic to Jane Hale ( jane at ), who will forward them to our speaker. Bonus points if you read Magnusson's book ahead of our meeting. :-)

About the Presenter

Through her personal and professional experience, Kathleen Svoboda has developed an empathic approach to important life issues faced by clients which she calls Family Planning. Whether we are aging adults, children of aging parents, or parents with young children, Family Planning means preparing for incidents in life that we don’t like to think or talk about. This specialization includes all aspects of estate planning, will and trust preparation. 

A graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy Law School, Kathleen earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan. She has studied applied ethics at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Leuven, Belgium. Having lived in multiple countries and communities, Ms. Svoboda is sensitive to cultural traditions of her clients and concerned about their wellbeing no matter what the background. 

Valuing professional development, Ms. Svoboda continuously seeks the most current information and trends in the law that can be used to benefit her clients. She has participated in numerous conferences and seminars throughout her career and embraces opportunities for continued education and updates in the firm's practice areas. 

Community service commitments are also very important as reflected in her role as a member of the Board of Directors for Assured Family Services, and former service to the Board of Directors of Vista Maria, both of which are not for profit organizations serving families and children in Southeastern Michigan. 

Professional associations include the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association, the Irish American Lawyers Association, and The Catholic Lawyers Association. Ms. Svoboda is licensed to practice in Michigan Courts and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. 

Meeting Cost

Regular Chapter meetings are a benefit of membership for Option 1 Members and Corporate Associate Members.
Guests and Option 2 Members pay $20 at the door. Ask for the Treasurer when you arrive.
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