Aretha Franklin: What Her Wills Show Us

News broke earlier this week that the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, had wills written out that were found between her couch cushions. What these wills represent are something called holographic wills. A holographic will is a will, but it ignores some of the formalities that go into putting together a will. Such formalities [...]

Probate Counselors Are Here to Care

Often times, when people think of attorneys, the word “winning” comes to mind. Attorneys want to be winning cases. Winning leads to client satisfaction. Winning generates more clients. Winning rules all. With that said, while you want an attorney to win for you, you want someone who cares about you as a person too. As [...]

How Can I Avoid a Messy Situation with a Will?

The Probate ProSM has informed you in the past to have a plan in place for someone’s untimely death. While we continue to inform you about the importance of having a will in place, there’s a slight caveat. Even if a will or just a plan is set up, it doesn’t guarantee that you’ll avoid [...]

Meet a Probate Pro – Rhonda Bradley

The Probate ProSM attorneys provide high quality legal services. Supporting them is a team of paralegals, who keep everything related to a case on track. This also includes making sure the attorneys and clients are kept on track of what’s going on as well. Their work is important in our commitment to providing high quality [...]

Oops, You Did It Again – You Mistook a Conservatorship as a Guardianship

Last week, pop music star Britney Spears completed her 30-day stay at a mental health facility and has been doing just fine since. TMZ reported that the reasons for her being there stemmed from her father’s recent illness taking a toll on her, as well as her medicine not being as effective as it used [...]

Spend Down Planning: Everything You Need to Know

Written by Darren Findling Utilizing the Spend Down Option to Maintain SSI and/or Medicaid Eligibility People with special health care needs and limited funds of their own often rely on public benefits for their well-being. Some of the most common public benefits include Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. To be eligible for SSI and/or [...]

Estate Recovery: How can I Avoid it?

Written by Brandon Thomson A Question, Often Asked Here at The Probate ProSM, we are often asked this question: “If a loved one receives Medicaid benefits, will the State of Michigan take their home?”  The answer …  it depends. The State of Michigan may recover property from estates of certain deceased Medicaid beneficiaries who have [...]

Lady Bird Deed: What is it? Who is it for?

The Lady Bird Deed is a specific type of deed that has become popular in recent years. The reason for its popularity is simple – it has many benefits. Some of the benefits include the ability to transfer property outside of probate without using a trust and the avoidance of Michigan Medicaid Estate Recovery. What [...]

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