PROBATE COURT

The probate court is a fascinating place to work.  Each case filed in the probate court tells a unique story of that person's life, assets, debts, and family relations. As the leading probate administration firm in Michigan, The Probate Pro feels tremendous respect for the families that it has the privilege to represent. It is important to [...]

BOND

In most adult conservatorship estates and in many deceased probate estates, the court will impose a probate bond requirement. No, this is not the 007 type of bond.  Rather, a bond is a guarantee of payment if another party fails to perform a certain obligation. The following are examples of situations in which the court [...]

PERSONAL INJURY PROTECTION

A new trend among Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance companies is to intervene in probate proceedings.  The goal is to force the attendant care provider to battle the insurance carrier in two courts, circuit and probate.  This is an unfortunate new tactic.  It causes additional expense and time to a family that already may have [...]

MICHIGAN WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIMANT

WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIMANT   MCL 600.2922 governs who is entitled to file a claim for wrongful death proceeds in Michigan: decedent’s spouse children and grandchildren; parents; grandparents; brothers and sisters children of the deceased’s spouse (step-children); and devisees under a will and beneficiaries of a living trust. If you are a wrongful death claimant in a [...]

RACE TO THE COURTHOUSE

In the past  months my firm has been involved in a rash of probate litigation files in which a family member has attempted to gain control of a personal injury case in which they lacked appropriate priority to become the personal representative.  These brazen attempts have been filed by family members at the behest of [...]

Ex-Wife Defeats Mother in Wrongful Death Case

My office was referred by a prominent personal injury firm to gain control of a wrongful death auto accident.  My client, the ex-wife of the decedent and mother of the decedent’s only child, had a strained relationship with her ex-husband.  She sought to become the personal representative of the estate on behalf of their minor [...]