Probate Administration Step by Step

If you pass away owning an asset in your individual name, with no named beneficiary or  joint owner, then that asset must go through probate. One of the most common misconceptions is that if there is a will then you don’t have to go through the probate process.  Fact is, the ownership of the asset [...]

2020-07-16T10:48:32-04:00Thursday, July 16, 2020|Probate Administration|0 Comments

Nearly 1 of Every 3 Death Certificates are Inaccurate

The statistic on inaccurate death certificates you just read was issued by Bob Anderson, Chief of Mortality Statistics at the National Center of Health Statistics. Why does this matter? Perhaps that question comes to mind, but once you find out just how much the death certificate is utilized, you’ll understand why this statistic matters. At [...]

2020-06-15T12:09:29-04:00Tuesday, May 12, 2020|Assets, Probate, Probate Administration|0 Comments

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 [...]

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