Order of Discharge

The end of your role as conservator, guardian, personal representative, trustee or power of attorney is near. One of the final forms in probate, which we are going to cover, is the Order of Discharge. This document says to the court that you have completed all the responsibilities for the interested parties and you are [...]

Personal Representative and the Friend of the Court

As a personal representative, you will have an assortment of responsibilities. Filling out required forms, like the Personal Representative Notice to the Friend of the Court, is one of the many responsibilities you’ll have. This particular form is required when representing a deceased estate. Making notice to the friend of the court is mandatory, as [...]

2020-11-13T09:16:43-05:00Friday, November 13, 2020|Personal Representative|0 Comments

Appointment and Duties of Personal Representative

You have recently been appointed the personal representative of a deceased estate in Michigan. Now, it is time to inform the interested parties. Before informing the interested parties though, you may want to know what you are doing. This blog will explain the Notice of Appointment and Duties of Personal Representative. The Notice of Appointment [...]

2020-11-02T08:31:54-05:00Monday, November 2, 2020|Personal Representative|0 Comments

How to Complete a Probate Inventory

You’ve been appointed the personal representative of a deceased estate in the State of Michigan. Now, it is time to present the probate inventory. First, you need to complete the Estate Court Administrator form for the preparation of the required probate inventory. This form is required under both Michigan statute and Michigan Court Rule. We [...]

2020-06-15T12:11:57-04:00Friday, February 14, 2020|Assets, estate administration, Personal Representative|0 Comments

How to Distribute a Probate Estate

You’ve got a probate estate open and you’re the personal representative, but don’t know how to fully administer the estate. Plus, you must pay creditors, settle all the debts, pay all the exemptions, allowances and administrative expenses. Let’s go over on how to distribute an estate. Once you’ve liquidated all the estate assets and are [...]

Out of State Personal Representative, Guardian, Conservator

You have been appointed as a fiduciary by the probate court, but you live out of state or even out of the country. What do you do? Well, distance from the probate court can make it difficult to stay up to date and to fulfill your duties as a guardian, conservator, or personal representative. Hiring local counsel [...]

2019-11-13T09:31:32-05:00Tuesday, November 12, 2019|conservator, Guardian, Personal Representative|0 Comments

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 [...]

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