What is a Letters of Guardianship?

You want to become the guardian of a loved one, but you don’t know what to do. That’s a pretty common situation people find themselves in when someone they are close with can no longer make important life-based decisions on his or her own. In order to start the process toward becoming a guardian, you [...]

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 [...]

What is a Guardian Ad Litem?

When would I encounter a Guardian ad Litem? Let’s say you’re in court as the Personal Representative of your loved one’s estate and you have everything ready to go. You have your letters of authority, an inventory in hand, and you are about to petition the court to get approval to sell some real property. [...]

I’ve Been Appointed Personal Representative – What Now!?

The probate court has delivered Letters of Authority appointing you as Personal Representative of your loved one’s estate. So, now what? This is a tremendous responsibility, and it is easy to get overwhelmed by the long list of what needs to be done, all the different court requirements and deadlines, and the arduous processes of [...]

RESPONSIBILITIES AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE

So, you have been appointed the personal representative. Oh my!  Now, what is my next step? Specifically, what are the responsibilities as Personal Representative? After reading this exhaustive list, you may feel completely exhausted! If so, give The Probate Pro a call at (248) 399-3300 and we can guide you through the process. Ensure that [...]

LETTERS OF AUTHORITY

1(833)PROBATE Letters of Authority are Simply a Document that Gives You the Power to Act The Probate Pro understands that there is much confusion as to the term Letters of Authority.  After years of people calling me asking what the document means, I still wonder why it isn't simply called an Order of Authority.  I am [...]

TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP

Recently Governor Snyder signed Public Act 310 of 2014, which expanded the available exemptions from property tax “uncapping” in Michigan. Beginning December 31, 2014, certain transfers to and from trusts, from probate estates, and within families will not be considered a transfer of ownership, and therefore will not trigger an uncapping of the property’s taxable [...]

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