How to Open a Probate Estate: Formal vs Informal

There are two primary ways in which probate estate is opened in the State of Michigan. Why are there two different ones? Because there’s an informal process and a formal probate process. Each one has different steps and requirements. Which one you use is going to depend on your situation. Let’s cover the informal and [...]

2020-02-07T13:57:53-05:00Friday, February 7, 2020|Probate Administration|0 Comments

How to Informally Open a Probate Estate

Someone has died and you wish to open a probate estate through an application for informal probate. But how does that work? Let’s go over how to open a probate estate using the informal process. There are a variety of ways in which an estate can be opened. One of the ways is through the [...]

2020-02-04T13:26:35-05:00Tuesday, February 4, 2020|Probate, Probate Administration|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 [...]

Funeral, Burial Expenses and the Estate

Funeral and burial expenses are things you just don't like to think about. If not the expenses, then at the very least, you don't like it because you're saying goodbye to someone you've loved or cared for greatly in your lifetime. If those don't even move the needle, then think about this: the decedent's estate [...]

Six Steps on How to Probate an Estate

Understanding how to probate can be difficult. It's by design, but it's also done to make sure everything is taken into account. The process is long and arduous, with many forms to be filled, appearances in court that need to be made, and that's just the tip of the iceberg that is this process. But, [...]

How to Avoid A Probate Surprise

Surprises are indeed, surprising. They come out of nowhere and when you don't expect it. Sometimes it can be a good surprise, such as a surprise birthday party or surprise baby announcement. Other times, it can be neither good or bad, such as a surprise test or a surprise baby announcement. When it comes to [...]

What You Need to Know About the Probate Process

What is Probate? Probate is a legal process in which a decedent's estate is properly distributed to heir and designated beneficiaries and any debt owed to creditors is paid off. For the most part, probate property is something that's distributed according to the decedent's last will and testament, if there is one, or according to [...]