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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 [...]
Eight Reasons to Update Your Estate Plan An estate plan is an essential part of planning for the future. But don’t think creating a Will is a one-time proposition. Even if you have an estate plan, it may need to be update your estate plan for a variety of reasons. For example: Births – Once [...]
After the death of a loved one, one of the more complicated things to deal with is what to do with their social media accounts. Often following death, the social media accounts sit idly by. This happens because there is no one to access their social media accounts, and the digital custodians of those accounts (<a href="http://www.Facebook.com" [...]
“Dead Yet?” The title to this blog is meant to be a startling joke. However, your estate plan is not a joke. Incredibly, nearly half of Americans do not have an estate plan placing the future of their families and loved ones at risk. Dead Yet?- Time to Create an Estate Plan Upon death, an [...]
Regularly, my office gets asked by attorneys the same question: “What do I do if I need to serve a deceased defendant?” Deceased Defendant: Driver or Owner Dies This scenario occurs most often in auto related cases where the at-fault driver or vehicle owner dies. However, it can occur in any context in which a [...]
Letters of Authority are Simply a Document that Gives You the Power to Act The Probate Pro understands that there is much confusion as to the term Letters of Authority. After years of people calling me asking what the document means, I still wonder why it isn’t simply called an Order of Authority. I [...]
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