Artwork, Antiques, Collectibles… How to Plan for Them?

Don’t let your investments end up being considered just “personal property.” After your death, all of the things in your home or office are considered  “personal property” and depending on how you’ve planned, may become subject to the determination of the person appointed as your personal representative.  The personal representative can decide to sell them, [...]

GUARDIANSHIP: WHAT IS IT AND WHEN IS IT NEEDED?

It’s a sad reality that, at some point in all of our lifetimes, a situation may arise in which we are unable able to take care of ourselves or make our own medical decisions.  When this happens, we refer to the person as an incapacitated individual. If an incapacitated individual has a healthcare power of [...]

FREE PROBATE

Is there a Free Probate world that exists in Michigan that can transfer assets immediately at death to the family? Of course. The word Probate causes some to tremble. They have heard the horror stories. They have read the sensational newspaper articles of wealthy families publicly airing their family disputes. They assume that the probate court will [...]

FREE PROBATE LAWYER

Hiring a lawyer can be an expensive proposition.  Before reaching deep into your wallet, it may be wise to find a free probate lawyer to provide an initial consultation. An initial consultation is the client's first discussion and meeting with the lawyer.  During this initial consultation, the client should be able to openly and honestly [...]

WHEN TO HIRE A MICHIGAN PROBATE LAWYER

Unfortunately, probate can be a complicated area of law. Over the years, our courts have become very complex.  The probate court can be a confusing, difficult place for people without a competent attorney.  Although there is no requirement to do so, in most cases, the best way to protect your rights is to hire a competent probate [...]

FREE WILL

Are some Wills better than others?  Does a statutory free Will work in the same manner than the expensive Will that I paid my lawyer for?  The answers are Yes and Maybe. A statutory Will is a pre-printed form that a person simply fills in certain blanks.  Michigan's statutory Will can be found here.  In [...]

MILLION DOLLAR WILL

The Million Dollar Will contest case. The usual suspects were nowhere to be found.  No undue influence issue.  No lack of mental capacity issue.  This case was unique. The surviving spouse was referred to my office following her husband’s death.  The children of the decedent objected to the Will that the spouse offered to the [...]

FUNERAL HOME BILL

Recently, a grief stricken family drove in from out of state to bury their brother.  The family met with a Detroit area funeral home and understood that they had insufficient funds to pay for the funeral home bill that their brother had requested.  However, the family was aware of a bank account that the decedent [...]

LIFE INSURANCE ASSIGNMENTS

Many funeral homes use funeral funding companies to assist with cash flow by advancing the payment of the bill with life insurance assignments.  Here’s how it works.  A family presents themselves at a funeral home with limited cash and a life insurance policy.  A family member is the named beneficiary.  Rather than wait the weeks [...]