IN TRUSTS WE TRUST

A Lesson In History The Uniform Trust Code (UTC) was coordinated by legal practitioners across the country to standardize and simplify state trust code in 2000, and was last amended in 2010. Since then, many states have completely or, at least, partially adopted the UTC. Estates and Protected Individuals Code (commonly called EPIC) is Michigan’s [...]

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 [...]

WELCOMING A NEW PROBATE PRO: AMY PETERMAN

Please share in our excitement as we welcome Amy Peterman to The Probate Pro team! Amy started sharing her expertise with us as an official Probate Pro on Monday, April 24, and will primarily focus her practice on probate litigation matters and appeals. Amy joins us after a seasoned career of more than 25 years [...]

PACZKI POP CULTURE

Whether you will be indulging in Fat Tuesday with a Polish Paczki or embellishing your outfit with beads for Mardi Gras, many of us will be celebrating some reason to splurge on heavy foods, booze, and a lot of naps. And while I’ve been eagerly anticipating every bite of tomorrow’s 700-calorie, Hamtramck-style Paczki, I also [...]

2017-10-30T15:30:19+00:00 Monday, February 27, 2017|Darren Findling, Financial, The Probate Pro|0 Comments

PROBATE FIELD

Having practiced law since 2007, but being relatively new to the field of Probate Law it has been quite an experience learning the nuanced laws, rules and procedures unique to the probate field. Sitting in our county probate courtrooms is an education onto itself. Most people think of probate law as only coming into play when someone [...]

2017-05-30T13:42:33+00:00 Monday, June 27, 2016|Financial, Probate, The Probate Pro|0 Comments

TAXES

Benjamin Franklin famously stated "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Although certain, a discussion on death or taxes is the last thing most people want to have. When a loved one passes, the furthest thing on family members’ minds is whether they will have to file taxes for [...]

2017-05-26T19:08:50+00:00 Monday, June 13, 2016|Beneficiaries, Financial, The Probate Pro, Trust, Will|0 Comments

TASTY PROBATE AND TRUST

I am addicted to Tasty videos - those beautiful, short food videos that pop up on your social media feeds. BuzzFeed, the media empire based in New York, has figured it out. After generations of watching famous chefs, Emeril, Julia Child, Rachael Ray, and Paul Deen cook elaborate meals on television shows, BuzzFeed re-invented the dish. These one minute videos, [...]

PROBATE COURTS

To best understand Michigan's probate courts, it is important to understand all of Michigan's trial courts. Michigan has three trial courts—circuit, district, and probate. The circuit court is the trial court with the broadest powers in Michigan. In general, the circuit court handles all civil cases with claims of more than $25,000 and all felony [...]