The Case of Western Rollarama

An owner of an Ohio roller skating rink passed away in January. The rink’s employees took to Facebook to let people know of the news, as well as how much the owner cared for the rink. Not long after, the rink he opened in 1971, was forced to close its doors. Western Rollarama, a roller [...]

2019-02-26T10:33:24-05:00Tuesday, February 26, 2019|estate law, estate plan, Estate Planning, Probate, Settlements|0 Comments

Special Needs Trusts, What Are They?

Generally, a Special Needs Trust is a very specific trust that can be beneficial to those receiving government benefits because of special needs. Most commonly in this category is Medicaid and SSI.  To receive government benefits such as Medicaid and SSI, an individual must have limited assets and income.  A Special Needs Trust is [...]

Marriotts: Dirty Laundry Airing in Probate Court

The Marriott hotel always looks polished and professional from the outside. Recently, however, we learned that the Marriott family does have some dirty laundry airing out in a probate court. The good news? They are just like every other family – interesting, and not without drama. Meet the Marriotts: J. Willard and Alice Marriott first [...]

Probate Appeals: Telling It Like It Is!

Remember when you were a kid, and consistently tried to negotiate everything? Lesser punishments, later bedtimes, the top bunk bed, more junk food, and anything else you could cook up an argument for? Well, I never really grew out of that phase, so I had to make a career out of it. I often blog [...]

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

In America, approximately 27 people die per day as a result of drunk driving. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: A Two-Week Reminder to Save Your Life On Friday, August 18, the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign went into effect across the country. The two-week movement is a reminder to all about [...]

BEST PROBATE LAWYER

You've seen the awards. Every week, it seems that another publication has a list. Best Probate Lawyer in Michigan Top Probate Lawyer in Michigan Who's Who of Probate Lawyers Super Probate Lawyer in Michigan These publications purportedly create these lists using all sorts of criteria. Of course, each publication claims to be the most highly-respected peer review guide. Today, [...]

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. [...]

VALID WILL

Wills are often written in odd places or in under odd circumstances. There is the famous story of a farmer trapped under his tractor in the field, who scribbled his Last Will and Testament on the fender of the tractor.  Yes, while trapped under the tractor he wrote his Will. Although rescued from being trapped under the tractor, he died from the [...]

STRUCTURED SETTLEMENT

A structured settlement provides a secure, tax-free, and management free investment that is often a sensible tool for a minor that will receive money from a settlement of a lawsuit.  There is much confusion about how a structured settlement works.  Specifically, there is uncertainty about when to use a structured settlement when settling a case [...]

MINOR DEFENDANT

How to Serve a Minor Defendant--- Frequently, I receive telephone calls from personal injury attorneys seeking assistance on how to effectuate service of process upon defendants that have died or are incapacitated. In those circumstances, a probate estate may be needed to be commenced and a fiduciary appointed to establish jurisdiction over the defendant. Imagine [...]