What is Probate? A Look at Assets and Estates

Probate isn’t a commonly known field of law, but you would be remiss in protecting yourself if you didn’t know what probate is. So, what is it? Probate is a broad field of law that includes important legal hearings and procedures such as deceased estates, guardianships, conservatorships, trusts and more. For any regular Joe Six-Pack, [...]

2020-10-23T12:08:17-04:00Friday, October 23, 2020|Assets, estate plan, Estate Planning, Probate|0 Comments

Nearly 1 of Every 3 Death Certificates are Inaccurate

The statistic on inaccurate death certificates you just read was issued by Bob Anderson, Chief of Mortality Statistics at the National Center of Health Statistics. Why does this matter? Perhaps that question comes to mind, but once you find out just how much the death certificate is utilized, you’ll understand why this statistic matters. At [...]

2020-06-15T12:09:29-04:00Tuesday, May 12, 2020|Assets, Probate, Probate Administration|0 Comments

Three Common Questions About a Pet Trust

Many families around the world have a canine, feline or other type of animal companion that’s in their lives. While there’s no biological relation, they’re often treated like family. When it comes to family, you always want to leave them protected. Through a comprehensive estate plan, you can protect your family and assure your assets [...]

2020-06-15T12:10:59-04:00Friday, March 6, 2020|Assets, estate plan, Estate Planning, Trust|0 Comments

The Basics of Probate: Answering Common Questions

As you can tell by the name of our practice, probate is the field of law which we practice. Because of this, it’s up to us to educate you on the basics of probate. Let’s face it: it’s not pervasively known to people until they’re involved with it. You've probably needed to use Google to [...]

2020-06-15T12:11:25-04:00Friday, February 28, 2020|Assets, Probate|0 Comments

How to Complete a Probate Inventory

You’ve been appointed the personal representative of a deceased estate in the State of Michigan. Now, it is time to present the probate inventory. First, you need to complete the Estate Court Administrator form for the preparation of the required probate inventory. This form is required under both Michigan statute and Michigan Court Rule. We [...]

2020-06-15T12:11:57-04:00Friday, February 14, 2020|Assets, estate administration, Personal Representative|0 Comments

Does A Will Avoid Probate?

It’s an often-asked question, but to those of us in probate, it’s an  age-old question. Does a will avoid probate? The answer to this question is no, a will does not clear way. A will is a document that guides you through the probate process. The only way to avoid probate is if there were [...]

2020-06-15T12:12:16-04:00Monday, February 10, 2020|Assets, Financial|0 Comments

How to Distribute a Probate Estate

You’ve got a probate estate open and you’re the personal representative, but don’t know how to fully administer the estate. Plus, you must pay creditors, settle all the debts, pay all the exemptions, allowances and administrative expenses. Let’s go over on how to distribute an estate. Once you’ve liquidated all the estate assets and are [...]

Why Having an Estate Plan is so Important

You’ve probably read it by now, seen it on the television screen or heard it on the radio. Kobe Bryant, basketball legend – along with eight other passengers, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna – were killed in a helicopter accident on January 26. Typing those words still don’t feel right. LA Times Columnist Bill Plaschke [...]

2020-06-15T12:12:51-04:00Tuesday, January 28, 2020|Assets, Estate Planning, 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 [...]

2020-06-15T12:13:13-04:00Friday, January 10, 2020|Assets, estate law, estate plan, Estate Planning|0 Comments
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