Meet a Probate Pro – Angela Esseily

The Probate ProSM, is proud to have Angela Esseily as a member of the team. Joining in March 2019, Angela helps The Probate ProSM with conservatorship and guardianship cases. Sitting down with Angela, she shared with us her experiences that led her to where she is today.   The Probate Pro (TPP): You have a [...]

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 [...]

TITLE

You are purchasing a home. Overwhelmed with the confusing paperwork, the title agent poses the important question, “How do you want to hold title to the property?” In the context of your overall home purchase, the manner in which you hold title may seem like a small, inconsequential detail; however nothing could be further from the truth. A [...]

MICHIGAN NO FAULT ACT

The Michigan courts have consistently ruled that expenses associated with both guardianship and conservatorship can be allowable expenses under the Michigan No Fault Act. “The no-fault insurance act is remedial in nature and must be liberally construed in favor of persons intended to benefit thereby.” Maloney ex rel Gauntless v. Auto Owners Ins., 242 Mich. [...]

PIP INSURERS

In the past four years, The Probate Pro has seen an influx of personal injury protection -- PIP insurers meddling their way into the probate court.  Generally under the guise of “protecting the best interest of the ward,” PIP insurance companies are often appearing and objecting to petitions for guardianship, conservatorship, and Annual Accounts.  Most [...]

PERSONAL INJURY PROTECTION

A new trend among Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance companies is to intervene in probate proceedings.  The goal is to force the attendant care provider to battle the insurance carrier in two courts, circuit and probate.  This is an unfortunate new tactic.  It causes additional expense and time to a family that already may have [...]

GUARDIAN OR CONSERVATOR

A conservator is a person appointed by the probate court to manage the assets of another person.  A guardian is a person appointed by the probate court to protect the legal rights of another person.  The best way to remember the difference between a guardian or conservator is to look at the beginning of each word.  Guardian- to guard [...]

GUARDIAN AND CONSERVATOR

People often have difficulty understanding the difference between a guardian and conservator.  A conservator is a person appointed by the probate court to manage the assets of another person.  A guardian is a person appointed by the probate court to protect the legal rights of another person. A guardian is a person appointed by a probate court and given [...]

PIP and Probate

The Probate Pro scored another victory against an insurance company that refused to pay the reasonable attorney fees associated with the administration of guardianship and conservatorship files. PIP and Probate: Guardianship Case In 2009, a nineteen year old woman was injured in an automobile accident while a passenger in her boyfriend’s vehicle. The driver was [...]

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