PRENUPS AND PROBATE: WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

With wedding season upon us, it’s easy and fun to get caught up in all of our loved ones’ true love. Wedding after wedding, we watch numerous couples dance down the aisle on their way to forever. Everything seems all wedding cake and butterflies in the moment, but then life happens. From Kim Kardashian’s 72-day [...]

NEW MICHIGAN LAW OFFERS ADDITIONAL SAFETY NET FOR SPECIAL-NEEDS PARENTS/GUARDIANS

A child with special needs is shopping with their parents at a local grocery store. When his parents run into friends and stop to chat, a flashy display catches his eye and he discreetly wanders toward it to get a closer look. After satisfying his curiosity, the boy turns to go back to his parents [...]

WELCOMING A MINI PROBATE PRO!

A new mini Probate Pro is now on the go! Brandon Eckerle, one of our newest attorneys, and his wife Angela just welcomed their first child, a girl, on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Both mom and daughter are happy and healthy, and the new family of three is already home starting their new journey together. [...]

GUARDIAN OF A MINOR

While a minor’s parents are responsible for exercising his or her legal rights, there are certain circumstances in which a court will allow for the appointment of a guardian of a minor to exercise these rights. In Michigan, the process of appointing a guardian of a minor is governed by MCL 700.5204.  That statute allows [...]

ANNUAL REPORT OF GUARDIAN

Being a Guardian is often a thankless job. The role requires taking on many duties that are not glamorous. Sometimes it is actually difficult to find a family member willing to serve, especially in situations in which the person in need of protection is mentally ill, combative, or lacks assets. This thankless job requires a deep [...]

I HATE MY GUARDIAN

I hear it often;  "I hate my guardian." A guardian is a person appointed by a probate court and given the power and responsibility to make certain decisions about the care of another person.  These decisions might include treatment decisions or where the person should live. A guardian may be needed when a person is unable [...]

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY CONFERENCE

The Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI) is Michigan's largest brain injury advocacy group.  According to their website: "Our mission is to advance brain injury prevention, research, treatment and education and to improve the quality of life for all individuals impacted by brain injury. Through advocacy, we bring help, hope and healing to millions of individuals living with [...]

GUARDIAN AND CONSERVATOR TIMELINE

Guardian and Conservator Timeline

GAL

In a probate proceeding, the court often appoints a guardian ad litem.  The appointment of a guardian ad litem, commonly referred to as a GAL, should not be confused with the appointment of a guardian. A guardian is a person appointed by a probate court and given the power and responsibility to make certain decisions about the care of a protected [...]

GUARDIANSHIP

A 60 year old mother developed early onset dementia.  For 10 years, the mother lived with her boyfriend who was not providing her with appropriate care, medication, and shelter.  The children retained The Probate Pro to represent them to petition for guardianship and conservatorship.  Most importantly, they wanted to ensure that their mother was removed from [...]