How Much $ Would You Pay for an A+ Estate Plan?

Probate costs can far exceed the cost of personally crafted estate plan. Everyone’s situation is different, and therefore, everyone has a different need for an estate plan. An estate plan is personalized and created custom to fit your needs. You could say that getting a skillfully drafted estate plan is one of the best investments [...]

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 [...]

The DL on POAs

With numerous acronyms in the probate world, it is easy to get confused as to what legal professionals are referencing.  One of those troubling acronyms is POA, which stands for “power of attorney.” Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives another person, who is often called an “agent,” the authority to act on [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

RESPONSIBILITIES AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE

So, you have been appointed the personal representative. Oh my!  Now, what is my next step? Specifically, what are the responsibilities as Personal Representative? After reading this exhaustive list, you may feel completely exhausted! If so, give The Probate Pro a call at (248) 399-3300 and we can guide you through the process. Ensure that [...]

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, [...]