DEBT AFTER DEATH

It is very difficult to live an entirely debt-free life. Purchasing big-ticket items is a way of life (think homes, cars, and luxurious vacations) not to mention the things we need to pay for every month, like utilities, insurance, taxes, and medical bills. We do our best to pay off all of our debts, but [...]

The DL on POAs

With numerous acronyms in the probate world, it is easy to get confused as to what legal professionals are referencing.  One of those troubling acronyms is POA, which stands for “power of attorney.” Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives another person, who is often called an “agent,” the authority to act on [...]

SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS: THE WHAT, WHEN, AND HOW

We are excited to share the information below on Special Needs Planning, which was written courtesy of our guest blogger Paul who is serving as a summer law clerk at our office. What is a Special Needs Trust? My older brother is autistic and will be dependent upon my parents for the remainder of their [...]

WHY WE TRUST TRUSTS

The Why So, why do you need a trust? Well, the answer is like the answer to many legal questions: “It depends!” In order to determine whether you need a trust, you must consider your specific estate planning needs or, in other words, which arrangement provides you the most favorable cost-to-benefit ratio. Recall that a [...]

GUARDIANSHIPS, CONSERVATORSHIPS, AND THE LONGEST DAY!

It’s a gloomy day in the city as cold raindrops splatter and heavy breezes push people in every direction. An elderly man’s face is wet and his gray hair is messy after a slow walk from his car to the bank. Finally, he makes his way to the bank teller and tells her that he [...]

Tuesday, June 6, 2017|Financial|0 Comments

No Blog This Week?… April Fools!

With April Fool’s Day on Saturday, you may want to be on the lookout for suspiciously sudden news, weird mannerisms, and/or funky smelling foods. Everyone knows a beloved prankster who just can’t help it but to spend the entire week plotting the ultimate prank. Maybe you know her. Maybe you are him. Maybe you [...]

Monday, March 27, 2017|attorney, Darren Findling, Financial, The Probate Pro|0 Comments

Tax Filings for Fiduciaries: What Are Your Filing Obligations?

Remember the old adage, “There are only two certainties in life: death and taxes”? The bad news is that there is some truth to it. The good news is that we can help you with both. Most people believe the requirement to file taxes dies when you do, but that could not be further from [...]

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day The Probate Pro Way

Top of the mornin’ to ya! While it is only Monday, many people already have their minds and hearts set on Friday’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Whether you plan to sport your only few pieces of green clothing, hit some of Detroit’s Irish hot spots, partake in the 13 million pints of Guinness that will [...]

Monday, March 13, 2017|attorney, Darren Findling, Financial, The Probate Pro|0 Comments

NATIONAL PROCRASTINATION WEEK: WHAT TRULY CANNOT "WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW"

If you are reading this blog in lieu of doing your work, starting that diet tomorrow instead of today, or watching reruns of the Oscars rather than cleaning, this week is dedicated to you. No, you didn’t read that wrong – it really is National Procrastination Week! As an attorney, I try my best to [...]

PACZKI POP CULTURE

Whether you will be indulging in Fat Tuesday with a Polish Paczki or embellishing your outfit with beads for Mardi Gras, many of us will be celebrating some reason to splurge on heavy foods, booze, and a lot of naps. And while I’ve been eagerly anticipating every bite of tomorrow’s 700-calorie, Hamtramck-style Paczki, I also [...]

Monday, February 27, 2017|Darren Findling, Financial, The Probate Pro|0 Comments