FAQ – Camp Lejeune Probate

What is Probate? The process of administering a deceased person’s affairs. Why do I need to open a probate file? When someone dies and there is a lawsuit, in most states a person must get appointed by the probate court to have legal standing to pursue the lawsuit. “The decedent didn’t own anything. There is [...]

Death Certificates Michigan

Death certificates in Michigan are an official, legal document which performs a variety of roles. It states when a person died, declares the date and location of death, and the cause of a person's death. Interestingly, the use of death certificates did not become a standard model for confirming deaths in the United States until [...]

How to Complete an Account in a Conservator Estate

When you take on the important role of serving as a Conservator on behalf of another person one of the required responsibilities is to account for the finances. Michigan statute MCL 700.5418 provides that a conservator shall account to the court for administration not less than annually unless the court directs otherwise, upon resignation or [...]

Government Notice Michigan Probate Proceedings

Michigan’s Notice statute MCL 700.1401 provides the method, manner, and time for providing Notice of Hearing in Michigan probate matters. And, Michigan court rule MCR 5.125 identifies the interested parties depending on the nature and type of the probate court filing. The Notice of Hearing is a State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) form, which can [...]

How to Distribute a Probate Estate

Cost of Living Adjustments - Michigan Probate and Trusts One of the most common questions we get asked at The Probate Pro is how to distribute a probate estate. Unfortunately, it is not an easy answer as probate and trust administration can be quite confusing and complicated. A Cost of Living Adjustment or COLA (not the [...]

Proof of Service

As part of your role, it may be your responsibility to serve all interested parties in the matter of a person or estate. If the probate court is not serving the interested parties, it falls onto the responsibility of a petitioner to serve the pleadings and filings to all interested parties. Of course, accounting the [...]

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