Conservatorships and Guardianships: Who Can They Help?

When we think about guardianships and conservatorships, we often picture the elderly or minor children. But these protections aren’t just for assisting people at polar ends of the aging spectrum. Conservatorships and guardianships can be a solution for anyone of any age with dependency issues, disabilities, and/or mental illness. Opioid Nation: An American Epidemic Local [...]

GUARDIANSHIPS, CONSERVATORSHIPS, AND THE LONGEST DAY!

It’s a gloomy day in the city as cold raindrops splatter and heavy breezes push people in every direction. An elderly man’s face is wet and his gray hair is messy after a slow walk from his car to the bank. Finally, he makes his way to the bank teller and tells her that he [...]

WELCOMING A MINI PROBATE PRO!

A new mini Probate Pro is now on the go! Brandon Eckerle, one of our newest attorneys, and his wife Angela just welcomed their first child, a girl, on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Both mom and daughter are happy and healthy, and the new family of three is already home starting their new journey together. [...]

NOTING OUR NURSES DURING NATIONAL NURSES’ WEEK!

I have had the pleasure of meeting plenty of nurses in my lifetime who, simply by knowing and caring for their patients, win over and over again. In the realm of probate, we work with, support, and witness the healing powers of nurses on a daily basis. Just last week, the nation’s heart broke during [...]

WORLD AUTISM MONTH: WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW

Throughout April, the world has been lighting up blue in recognition of World Autism Month. Universally-recognized landmarks across the globe, such as The White House, the Empire State Building, and Niagara Falls, have lit up blue in support of Autism awareness and the Light It Up Blue campaign. As the fastest-growing developmental disorder in America [...]

FIDUCIARY OR ESTATE: WHO DOES YOUR ATTORNEY REPRESENT?

This past week, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued and published an important decision that clarifies the issue of whether an attorney represents the interests of the entire probate estate or just the fiduciary (Personal Representative, Conservator, Guardian, Trustee, etc.). Before this ruling, many attorneys and clients were confused by this issue.  For years, despite [...]

CONSERVATOR EXPENSES

Michigan's No Fault Act provides for the payment of all reasonable charges incurred for guardian and conservator expenses.  The Probate Pro regularly litigates the failure of a personal injury protection (PIP) insurance company paying guardian and conservator expenses. The following presentation is a description of the current state of Michigan law relative to allowable expenses relative to guardianships [...]

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, [...]

SSI and SSDI

SSI and SSDI: Confusing Initials I agree.  It really is confusing.  Why the government used the initials SSI and SSDI as shorthand for two of the most important government benefits is bewildering. With 26 letters in our alphabet, there were many opportunities to avoid this confusion. SSI and SSDI are two government benefits with similar [...]

PR DUTIES

So, you want to be a personal representative (PR) of a probate estate?  Take a deep breath and then carefully read this explanation of the PR duties in Michigan. PR Duties: Overview A personal representative of an Estate has a duty of undivided loyalty, impartiality, care and prudence to the heirs and to creditors.  The failure to properly administer the [...]