New Veterans Administration Evaluation Requirements

New Veterans Administration Rules Released in 2018 The new rules will impact the needs-based benefits for veterans and surviving spouses. Clarification of commonly confusing areas like evaluating net worth, asset transfers, and income exclusions were the focus of the new rules. The Veterans Administration Final Rule, as it’s being called, created a new net worth [...]

The Statutes and Case Law Behind the Appointment of a Conservator in Michigan

Conservator Appointment in Michigan Unfortunately, there are times when a person is not able to manage their own financial affairs.  If the person has failed to adequately plan with a Power of Attorney, a person, called a “conservator” can be appointed by the probate court in which the individual resides. Upon the filing of a [...]

Millennials… the next clients needing estate plans?

Why should an estate plan be top-of-mind for millennials? The truth is, we cannot predict the future. We don’t know when our time will come. Terrible accidents happen all the time. What we do know is what a mess you could potentially be leaving behind if you do not have a will. As millennials begin [...]

Paperwork and more paperwork, how long should I keep it?

Different documents have different amounts of time that they should be kept. Tax returns, home sale documents, estate documents, and a death certificate are just some of the things that you might have left after the passing of a loved one. A general rule for keeping documents is to keep them for 7 years after [...]

Sibling Trouble While Handling Mom’s Estate

Family Disputes Over Estates Happen Too Often Feuding over the estate of a loved one is a surefire way to cause separation within a family. Even within my own family there have been many arguments concerning assets that belonged to my grandfather. Not having a will or an estate plan can leave things messy, and [...]

The Probate Pro Named “Cool Place to Work” by Crain’s Detroit Business

ROYAL OAK – August 20, 2018 – The Probate Pro, a division of The Darren Findling Law Firm, PLC, announced today that they are being recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as a Cool Place to Work in Michigan. The Crain’s Cool Places to Work award is given to companies that go above and beyond to [...]

National Make-A-Will Month is August!

August is National Make-A-Will Month! Having a will not only ensures that your wishes are carried out after your passing, but it also protects your loved ones from potentially lengthy and expensive court proceedings. Common misconceptions about making a will are you think you’re too young, you think creating one is too expensive, and you [...]

Veteran’s Benefits – How Can We Help?

On Wednesday, Brandon provided an example of the Pension with Aid and Attendance Benefit at work and the ways you can qualify.  Now, we want to provide you with some help in your efforts to take advantage of this benefit. The Application Process While the application process for special monthly pension can be agonizingly slow [...]

Example of a Qualifying Aid and Attendance Veteran

Last time, in part 1 of our 3-part series on the Pension with Aid and Attendance Benefit, Brandon Thomson, a Probate Pro attorney, filled us in on the prerequisite qualifications.  Now, he’s put it all together for us with an illustrative example. An Illustration Robert, age 82, is a World War II veteran who is widowed. [...]

Prerequisites To Receive Veterans Benefits

Welcome to the first of our 3-part series on the Pension with Aid and Attendance Benefit. In Part 1, we’re taking a look at the prerequisites to qualify for the benefit. But first, what is the Aid and Attendance Benefit? It helps veterans and their spouses pay for home care services and assisted living costs. [...]