BOND

In most adult conservatorship estates and in many deceased probate estates, the court will impose a probate bond requirement. No, this is not the 007 type of bond.  Rather, a bond is a guarantee of payment if another party fails to perform a certain obligation. The following are examples of situations in which the court [...]

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENT

A weird rule exists relative to who has the right to make a funeral arrangement in Michigan.  You would think that the person named with that power in a Will would have priority.  Nope.  In fact, you could have a terrible relationship with your family and they could still trump those persons that you want [...]

FUNERAL BILL

Many funeral directors rely solely on two methods of payment for their funeral bill, payment in advance of services or an assignment of a life insurance policy.  This is short sighted. A funeral home can be assured of payment of their funeral bill without one of these methods if some basic due diligence is performed.  [...]

WRONGFUL DEATH DISTRIBUTION

WRONGFUL DEATH DISTRIBUTION A wrongful death lawsuit was commenced by a personal injury firm and a favorable settlement was reached for the decedent.  Following a settlement, the proceeds of the settlement must then be distributed to the wrongful death claimants based on Michigan’s wrongful death act, MCL 600.2922.  The statute distributes the proceeds to certain family [...]

LUCKY BENEFICIARIES RECEIVE $100 MILLION

Lucky Beneficiaries Receive $100 Million We all dream of that telephone call.  The one in which a lawyer calls you to inform you that a rich long-lost relative died and left you with millions. When Wellington R. Burt died at 87 years old in Saginaw in March of 1919, he was one of the eight richest [...]

INSURANCE COMPANY GETS HIT FOR PIP FEES

My firm scored another victory against an insurance company that refused to pay the reasonable attorney fees associated with the administration of guardianship and conservatorship files. In 2009, a nineteen year old woman was injured in an automobile accident while a passenger in her boyfriend’s vehicle.  The driver was killed in the accident and she [...]

MY KEYBOARD

  I have something on my chest that I must write about. I am fed up... The standard QWERTY keyboard on a computer is an absolute mess. There are so many oddities that need fixing. The keyboard has a bizarre key called Prnt Scrn (Print Screen). This key is used so seldom and most users [...]

2017-06-12T14:38:47+00:00 Sunday, February 24, 2013|Darren Findling, Financial, The Probate Pro|0 Comments