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 [...]

The Difference Between a Conservator and a Guardian

In the court of law, an adult who is unable to take care of themselves or their property and minors are considered to be incapacitated persons. An incapacitated adult or minor will need someone to oversee them, assuring their safety and well-being. Enter guardians and conservators, who are there to serve and protect their loved [...]

Are You Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions?

Did you make any resolutions this year? Just 3 weeks in, how are you doing so far? Studies have shown that less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days, and even fewer actually accomplish them. Credit Forbes. Even if you've already given up on your resolutions, or if [...]

Worried About Your Furry Friend If Something Happens To You?

Many people with children give a great deal of consideration as to who will take care of them if something were to happen to both parents. But what about the furry members of our families? Without a written, clearly defined plan, your pets could end up in a shelter or euthanized. That’s why it is [...]

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 [...]

Paperwork and more paperwork, how long should I keep it?

Different documents have different amounts of time that they should be kept. Tax returns, home sale documents, estate documents, and a death certificate are just some of the things that you might have left after the passing of a loved one. A general rule for keeping documents is to keep them for 7 years after [...]

Sibling Trouble While Handling Mom’s Estate

Family Disputes Over Estates Happen Too Often Feuding over the estate of a loved one is a surefire way to cause separation within a family. Even within my own family there have been many arguments concerning assets that belonged to my grandfather. Not having a will or an estate plan can leave things messy, and [...]