The Slayer Statute: How the law seeks to protect the families of murder victims

Even decades later, the tragic murder of Natalie Wood remains just as sad, shocking, and full of unanswered questions as when it first came to light. Still today, new twists are added to the story as Natalie Wood’s one-time husband, Robert Wagner, is once again suspected for involvement in her death. While California law prohibits [...]

The Probate Pro Gives a Warm Welcome to Michelle Trent!

Last month, Michelle Trent joined The Probate Pro team and she has been an amazing addition. Michelle comes to us with 5 years of litigation and personal injury practice experience. She looks forward to putting her legal skills, in and out of the courtroom, to work for our clients. Advocacy is her passion and she [...]

Our Ever-Expanding Team Welcomes Angela Tripi!

Angela Tripi started with The Probate Pro last month and has been an incredible addition to The Probate Pro team. She comes to us from the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office where she worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. Angela will be focusing the majority of her time on guardianships, conservatorships, and special needs planning, but [...]

What is a Guardianship?

What is a Guardianship? When a person lacks the understanding or ability to make or communicate informed decisions relating to their care, medical needs, and placement, the individual may need the help of a guardian. A guardian is appointed by the probate court at the request of a concerned person (the petitioner). Common petitioners include [...]

Social Media v. Privacy: What’s the Verdict?

Just recently, traditional notions of privacy have clashed with social media, prompting a headline-making case: Yahoo is denying two personal representatives access to their deceased brother’s emails. What’s the Story? John Ajemian was just 43 when he died in a bike accident in 2006. He did not have a Will, so his brother and sister [...]

OWNING IT: PROPERTY, TITLES, AND DEEDS

Can you imagine a world in which a person could claim ownership of property by word of mouth? It would create a game of musical chairs. Not to mention that real property, whether it is your principal residence, a rental property, a second home, or vacant land, is usually your greatest and most valuable investment. [...]

PRENUPS AND PROBATE: WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

With wedding season upon us, it’s easy and fun to get caught up in all of our loved ones’ true love. Wedding after wedding, we watch numerous couples dance down the aisle on their way to forever. Everything seems all wedding cake and butterflies in the moment, but then life happens. From Kim Kardashian’s 72-day [...]

SPRINGING INTO SELLING SEASON!

Approaching the middle of May means springing into many things – allergies, graduations, and cleaning house. Keeping with the spirit of rejuvenation, many people decide not to keep cleaning the same house but, rather, to move into a completely new home. Maybe an empty-nester couple decides to downsize, a growing family decides to upgrade, or [...]

WELCOMING A NEW PROBATE PRO: AMY PETERMAN

Please share in our excitement as we welcome Amy Peterman to The Probate Pro team! Amy started sharing her expertise with us as an official Probate Pro on Monday, April 24, and will primarily focus her practice on probate litigation matters and appeals. Amy joins us after a seasoned career of more than 25 years [...]

MANEUVERING THE MOTOR CITY: ANNUAL AUTOMOTIVE SHOWS REMIND US TO UNDERSTAND TITLE TRANSFERS

The Motor City has been revving at full speed the past few weeks. Just as the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) ends its 98th run, Cobo Center is gearing up for Detroit’s 59th annual Boat Show. With innovation at the forefront of transportation’s future, it seems that everyone is becoming some form of gearhead [...]