Six Steps on How to Probate an Estate

Understanding how to probate can be difficult. It's by design, but it's also done to make sure everything is taken into account. The process is long and arduous, with many forms to be filled, appearances in court that need to be made, and that's just the tip of the iceberg that is this process. But, [...]

Estate Planning for the Millennials – An Open Letter

For our generation, estate planning is often the last thing on our minds. Many millennials are struggling to make ends meet, overwhelmed by student loans and trying to get their finances in order. However, a proper estate plan can provide financial security for your loved ones and carry out your wishes following your death or [...]

What Makes A Valid Will?

A will is a record of an individual's assets and where and whom they are distributed to. Over time, our society has adopted more interpretations of wills. There's oral wills, written wills, holographic wills and more. There was even a story of a man writing his will on a tractor that crushed and killed [...]

Should the Youth Consider an Estate Plan?

In this day and age, people in need of an answer live by the saying, “Google it.” However, when it comes to the future of your assets, why would you let the future of those assets be determined by Googling how to put together an estate plan yourself, when a probate law firm can do [...]

The Tom Petty Estate Drama Continues

Earlier this year, we talked about Tom Petty's estate and how family drama has reached a boiling point. Daughter Adria and widow Dana York Petty have been entangled in the estate of the late rock icon for at least a year and a half now. At first, we talked about how Adria and her sister [...]

Estate Recovery: How can I Avoid it?

Written by Brandon Thomson A Question, Often Asked Here at The Probate ProSM, we are often asked this question: “If a loved one receives Medicaid benefits, will the State of Michigan take their home?”  The answer …  it depends. The State of Michigan may recover property from estates of certain deceased Medicaid beneficiaries who have [...]

Lady Bird Deed: What is it? Who is it for?

The Lady Bird Deed is a specific type of deed that has become popular in recent years. The reason for its popularity is simple – it has many benefits. Some of the benefits include the ability to transfer property outside of probate without using a trust and the avoidance of Michigan Medicaid Estate Recovery. What [...]