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What is Probate and what does a Probate Lawyer do?

People know what a personal injury attorney does. People know what a divorce attorney does. Not many people know what a probate attorney does. This is because probate is broad, with many different functions. The most popular misconception is that a probate lawyer works with clients who are on probation. That is not at all [...]

2020-01-17T09:44:26-05:00Friday, January 17, 2020|Probate|0 Comments

The Probate Pro Earns Award from Law Firm 500

The Probate Pro has been named as one of Law Firm 500’s Fastest Growing Law Firms in the United States for 2019. This is the third consecutive year The Probate Pro has received the prestigious award. In the state of Michigan, only two law firms were part of this year’s list. The Law Firm 500 [...]

2020-01-15T11:14:56-05:00Wednesday, January 15, 2020|The Probate Pro|0 Comments

How to Open a Formal Probate Estate

Someone has died and you wish to open a probate estate through an application for formal probate. But how does that work? Let’s go over how to open a probate estate. There are a variety of ways in which an estate can be opened. One of the ways is through the formal process, known as [...]

2020-01-14T10:28:05-05:00Tuesday, January 14, 2020|Probate|0 Comments

What You Need to Know About the Creditor

The probate estate is open and you are a creditor or personal representative who has to deal with the creditor. In Michigan, as part of the probate administration process, a notice to creditors is sent out, and the creditors have a claim period which lasts four months. Creditors are individuals or entities that the estate [...]

2020-01-13T10:19:30-05:00Monday, January 13, 2020|Probate|0 Comments

Why Building an Estate Plan Now is the Best Time

We always talk about what an estate plan is and what needs to be in an estate plan. More importantly, we have explained time after time why it’s so important to have an estate plan in place. So once again, let’s go over why it’s so important to have one and why building that plan [...]

2020-01-10T09:23:16-05:00Friday, January 10, 2020|estate law, estate plan, Estate Planning|0 Comments

How to Retrieve Money from a Small Estate

Sometimes an estate doesn’t have a lot of money. Sometimes so little that you don’t even want to open a probate estate. Only question is, how can you avoid opening a probate estate and still retrieve the money? We’ll go over a particular process in the State of Michigan known as “Affidavit of Decedent’s Successor [...]

2020-01-09T10:41:31-05:00Thursday, January 9, 2020|Probate|0 Comments

How to Fill a Petition for Guardianship

An individual has become incapacitated and is in need of your help but you have no authority to act. Because of this, you must file a petition for appointment of guardianship over the incapacitated individual. The problem though is that you don’t have any idea as to how you file a petition. Let’s go over [...]

2020-01-08T09:45:41-05:00Wednesday, January 8, 2020|guardianship|0 Comments

Letters of Authority

You’ve just been appointed the personal representative of a decedent and you receive a document called “Letters of Authority for Personal Representative.” This document is really important, because it allows you to stand in the shoes of the individual who has died. In this role, you are responsible for collecting and reporting on all of [...]

2020-01-06T08:52:49-05:00Monday, January 6, 2020|Letter of Authority|0 Comments

Amy Peterman Appointed as Director of Legal Services

The Probate Pro, PLC announces the appointment of Attorney Amy Peterman as the Director of Legal Services. Effective immediately, Peterman will oversee the strategic growth and development of The Probate Pro’s legal team, among other things. “When we were looking to hire our Director of Legal Services, we searched for someone who had a specialized [...]

2019-12-11T10:06:45-05:00Wednesday, December 11, 2019|attorney, The Probate Pro|0 Comments