Estate plan: is it a big deal to not have a will?

It seems like that with each passing day, we learn about a celebrity or famous figure who died without a will. Is it a big deal? The answer depends on the circumstances. When creating an estate plan, you'll be able to control how you want your affairs and life's assets to be taken care of. [...]

Five Reasons Why You Need a Probate Attorney

While at a recent party with friends and family, I discovered how many people had misconceptions about the probate process and what a probate attorney can do. Many of the people I spoke with had preconceived notions about what would actually happen to their estate after they pass, such as only needing a piece of [...]

A Michigan Probate Attorney Should Tell It Like It Is

The Probate ProSM has been providing probate related legal services in for 25 years. This longevity in the State of Michigan has allowed us to hone in on several core values that make up our team. One of them, which Michigan probate attorney Darren Findling discusses, is telling it like it is. By telling it [...]

Probate Counselors Are Here to Care

Often times, when people think of attorneys, the word “winning” comes to mind. Attorneys want to be winning cases. Winning leads to client satisfaction. Winning generates more clients. Winning rules all. With that said, while you want an attorney to win for you, you want someone who cares about you as a person too. As [...]

Meet a Probate Pro – Michael Franklin

Michael Franklin is one of the many fantastic attorneys who are part of our team at The Probate ProSM. As an attorney, Michael deals with many cases and is in constant contact with many individuals involved in these cases. We sat down with Michael and heard from him about the work he does every day. [...]

Five Frequent Supplemental Needs Trust Questions

Written by Andrew Lorelli Supplemental Needs Trusts (“SNTs”, also called Special Needs Trusts) are a common estate planning tool. SNTs are for people who receive means-tested government benefits, as well as those who also may be the beneficiaries of an estate or the recipient of settlement funds after a lawsuit. SNTs are designed to allow [...]

Meet a Probate Pro – Angela Esseily

The Probate ProSM, is proud to have Angela Esseily as a member of the team. Joining in March 2019, Angela helps The Probate ProSM with conservatorship and guardianship cases. Sitting down with Angela, she shared with us her experiences that led her to where she is today.   The Probate Pro (TPP): You have a [...]

How Luke Perry’s Estate Preparation Prevented Drama

The world was shook last week with the passing of Luke Perry. A beloved television actor, Perry suffered a massive stroke, which led to him being put into a medically-induced coma. Sadly, Perry passed away several days later. No matter who you are – a television actor or a construction worker – you need to [...]

Five Ways to Prepare Yourself for Decedent Estate

We all have a busy schedule in our lives. Meetings to go to, kids to pick up and of course, our jobs. Caught up in the whirlwind of life, we don’t always have time to prepare for meetings, let alone know how to prepare for meetings that are unfamiliar. If by chance, you are in [...]

The Difference Between a Conservator and a Guardian

In the court of law, an adult who is unable to take care of themselves or their property and minors are considered to be incapacitated persons. An incapacitated adult or minor will need someone to oversee them, assuring their safety and well-being. Enter guardians and conservators, who are there to serve and protect their loved [...]