As a child, I was never a fast runner. Despite my best efforts to improve, my lack of the speed gene kept me from winning any races.
We have all heard the cliche, “You can’t teach speed.” I believe that to be true. Fortunately, what I lacked in running speed was compensated by the speed I at which I could attack problems. I was slow-footed but gifted at quickly finding solutions to problems.
When giving birth to The Probate Pro, we made sure that the same speed gene was part of our genetic makeup. Each day, to WOW’ our clients and our referral sources, we make commitments that other firms would never dare to commit to. The Probate Pro proclaims:
We are really FAST. You give us the info and we will open the estate the next morning.
In the probate field, it is often critical to win the courthouse race. No, this is not a running race to the courthouse of which I would surely lose. It is a courthouse race based on execution; thoroughly understand the problem, identify the most effective solution, create the appropriate documents, and immediately file with the the probate court.
Often, it is the courthouse race to appoint a personal representative that determines the winner. The goal is to appoint a personal representative to have the authority to execute an attorney fee contract and have the authority to file a lawsuit. MCL ∫700.3203 sets forth the order of priority of appointment of a personal representative. The order of priority is:
- Person nominated in the will;
- Surviving spouse, if named in the will;
- Other devisees (those named in a will);
- Surviving spouse (if no will exists);
- Other heirs of the decedent.
The Probate Pro‘s commitment to open an estate by the next morning is ambitious. However, it is this ambition that often separates winning and losing the courthouse race.