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 [...]

SPRINGING INTO SELLING SEASON!

Approaching the middle of May means springing into many things – allergies, graduations, and cleaning house. Keeping with the spirit of rejuvenation, many people decide not to keep cleaning the same house but, rather, to move into a completely new home. Maybe an empty-nester couple decides to downsize, a growing family decides to upgrade, or [...]

WELCOMING A NEW PROBATE PRO: AMY PETERMAN

Please share in our excitement as we welcome Amy Peterman to The Probate Pro team! Amy started sharing her expertise with us as an official Probate Pro on Monday, April 24, and will primarily focus her practice on probate litigation matters and appeals. Amy joins us after a seasoned career of more than 25 years [...]

MANEUVERING THE MOTOR CITY: ANNUAL AUTOMOTIVE SHOWS REMIND US TO UNDERSTAND TITLE TRANSFERS

The Motor City has been revving at full speed the past few weeks. Just as the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) ends its 98th run, Cobo Center is gearing up for Detroit’s 59th annual Boat Show. With innovation at the forefront of transportation’s future, it seems that everyone is becoming some form of gearhead [...]

INVENTORY

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 [...]

UPDATE YOUR ESTATE PLAN

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 [...]

DECEASED DEFENDANT

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 [...]

ABSURD PROBATE RESULT

Sometimes you just scratch your head when a trial court makes a ruling that you cannot make sense of. In our case, the probate court ruled that the statute of limitations did not apply to a personal representative because she failed to send herself written notice as a known creditor. Yes, the court ruled that [...]

TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP

Recently Governor Snyder signed Public Act 310 of 2014, which expanded the available exemptions from property tax “uncapping” in Michigan. Beginning December 31, 2014, certain transfers to and from trusts, from probate estates, and within families will not be considered a transfer of ownership, and therefore will not trigger an uncapping of the property’s taxable [...]

INCORRECT DECISION

This past week, a story was published in the Detroit Free Press regarding a hotly contested case that is now before the Michigan Court of Appeals. As you read the story, it is easy to feel sympathy for the family of Bobby Mardigian who argued that his Will and Trust should be set aside. In fact, it is [...]