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Having practiced law since 2007, but being relatively new to the field of Probate Law it has been quite an experience learning the nuanced laws, rules and procedures unique to the probate field. Sitting in our county probate courtrooms is an education onto itself. Most people think of probate law as only coming into [...]
Benjamin Franklin famously stated “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Although certain, a discussion on death or taxes is the last thing most people want to have. When a loved one passes, the furthest thing on family members’ minds is whether they will have to [...]
People with disabilities will be able to open new, tax-free savings accounts under at least two programs offered nationally this summer. This week, Ohio launched its’ STABLE Account program. With the launch of this program, Ohio became the first state in the country to offer ABLE accounts to qualified individuals with disabilities The state-sponsored accounts [...]
What’s the Difference between Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) & Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? The Social Security Administration (SSA) manages the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. While both of these programs offer cash benefits for people with disabilities, the eligibility requirements for each are different. What Is SSDI? SSDI is funded through payroll taxes. To [...]
I am addicted to Tasty videos – those beautiful, short food videos that pop up on your social media feeds. BuzzFeed, the media empire based in New York, has figured it out. After generations of watching famous chefs, Emeril, Julia Child, Rachael Ray, and Paul Deen cook elaborate meals on television shows, BuzzFeed [...]
To best understand Michigan’s probate courts, it is important to understand all of Michigan’s trial courts. Michigan has three trial courts—circuit, district, and probate. The circuit court is the trial court with the broadest powers in Michigan. In general, the circuit court handles all civil cases with claims of more than $25,000 and all felony [...]
The Probate Pro has the great privilege of appearing before the probate courts throughout the state of Michigan. One of the most enjoyable courts to practice in is the Macomb County Probate Court. It is staffed by friendly and experienced personnel. Our Michigan probate attorney’s have extensive experience handling Macomb County Probate and Trust cases. Macomb [...]
Frequently, people die in one state and own real property out of state. This can be common among “snow birds,” which are northerners that seek warmer weather in southern states in the winter. These out of state assets can be problematic if a proper estate plan is not prepared. Out of State Assets When snow bird’s die, if the [...]
Probate Prince = Poor Planning Are you one of the 64% of American adults who do not have an estate plan? Upon your death, don’t you want to be able to have your Little Red Corvette distributed to your favorite family member? Incredibly, the artist Prince recently died without an estate plan (a Will or a Trust). [...]
One of the duties of a Personal Representative is to present or file an Inventory of the decedent’s assets with the probate court. The Personal Representative is required to prepare, serve and present (or file) an Inventory of the assets of the estate to all interested persons, within 91 days from the date the Letters of [...]
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