Does A Will Avoid Probate?

It’s an often-asked question, but to those of us in probate, it’s an  age-old question. Does a will avoid probate? The answer to this question is no, a will does not clear way. A will is a document that guides you through the probate process. The only way to avoid probate is if there were [...]

2020-02-10T10:23:44-05:00Monday, February 10, 2020|Financial|0 Comments

Why Having an Estate Plan is so Important

You’ve probably read it by now, seen it on the television screen or heard it on the radio. Kobe Bryant, basketball legend – along with eight other passengers, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna – were killed in a helicopter accident on January 26. Typing those words still don’t feel right. LA Times Columnist Bill Plaschke [...]

2020-01-28T09:58:49-05:00Tuesday, January 28, 2020|Estate Planning, Probate|0 Comments

Why Building an Estate Plan Now is the Best Time

We always talk about what an estate plan is and what needs to be in an estate plan. More importantly, we have explained time after time why it’s so important to have an estate plan in place. So once again, let’s go over why it’s so important to have one and why building that plan [...]

2020-02-26T10:04:03-05:00Friday, January 10, 2020|estate law, estate plan, Estate Planning|0 Comments

How to Disinherit Someone

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, dissent between family members just happens. Maybe so much so, that you think about disinheriting your child. If you die without a will, the laws of intestacy will dictate how your assets are distributed. In most States, if there is a surviving spouse then that spouse will take all of your estate [...]

2019-12-03T08:33:04-05:00Tuesday, December 3, 2019|disinherit, disinherited|0 Comments

This Just In: You Already Have An Estate Plan!

What is an Estate and an Estate Plan? When people hear the word “estate,” some may think of movie-like mansions, sprawled across the mountains with swimming pools and acres of land. However, an estate refers to any assets that you have. This means anything that belongs to you. An estate plan contains a variety of [...]

How to find a Will

On occasion, we tend to forget where we've placed things. It could be losing track of where you placed the car keys inside the house, or your wallet. Believe it or not, a will can also be misplaced, despite the importance of the document. It may not be the result of forgetting where it was. [...]

2019-10-15T09:40:30-05:00Tuesday, October 15, 2019|estate plan, Estate Planning, Will|0 Comments

Monroe County Probate Court Review

The Probate Pro has the great privilege of appearing before probate courts throughout the state of Michigan.  Monroe County Probate Court is one of the most enjoyable courts to practice in. They have experienced and knowledgeable judges that understand probate law. They are staffed by friendly and experienced personnel. Fun Facts about Monroe County The [...]

2019-09-27T10:02:17-05:00Friday, September 27, 2019|Probate|0 Comments

Six Steps on How to Probate an Estate

Understanding how to probate can be difficult. It's by design, but it's also done to make sure everything is taken into account. The process is long and arduous, with many forms to be filled, appearances in court that need to be made, and that's just the tip of the iceberg that is this process. But, [...]