Sibling Trouble While Handling Mom’s Estate

Family Disputes Over Estates Happen Too Often Feuding over the estate of a loved one is a surefire way to cause separation within a family. Even within my own family there have been many arguments concerning assets that belonged to my grandfather. Not having a will or an estate plan can leave things messy, and [...]

Not Having a Properly Drafted Will Comes at a High Cost

An electronic will was accepted as valid, but at what cost to the heirs? A Michigan man passes away and leaves behind, in lieu of a properly drafted will, a handwritten note that directs to a will that he wrote out on his cellphone. The man left his mother out of the will that he [...]

Tragic Celebrity Deaths Teach Us About Estate Planning

Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain’s Tragic Suicides Can Teach us about Estate Planning Earlier this month, famous fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain were victims of apparent suicide.  Their tragic deaths were unexpected by fans all over the world, even close family and friends.  The topics of mental illness, depression, and suicide [...]

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 [...]

WHY DO I NEED A WILL?

Who Wants to Talk About Death? Many individuals postpone writing a will for a variety of reasons. First, people understandably associate wills with death, and would prefer to avoid thoughts pertaining to it until necessary. Second, many may view writing a will as expensive, and deem the financial costs as outweighing the benefits of actually [...]

NEW MICHIGAN LAW OFFERS ADDITIONAL SAFETY NET FOR SPECIAL-NEEDS PARENTS/GUARDIANS

A child with special needs is shopping with their parents at a local grocery store. When his parents run into friends and stop to chat, a flashy display catches his eye and he discreetly wanders toward it to get a closer look. After satisfying his curiosity, the boy turns to go back to his parents [...]

WELCOMING A MINI PROBATE PRO!

A new mini Probate Pro is now on the go! Brandon Eckerle, one of our newest attorneys, and his wife Angela just welcomed their first child, a girl, on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Both mom and daughter are happy and healthy, and the new family of three is already home starting their new journey together. [...]

COMMEMORATING ON MEMORIAL DAY

It’s hard to believe this weekend will already be Memorial Day weekend. For some people, an extra day off means barbeques, beers, and sunbathing. But, for many, this will be a long weekend of mourning and commemorating the loved ones that have paid the ultimate price of freedom. Memorial Day: Meaning and More Memorial Day [...]

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 [...]

DEATH TO DOWER IN MICHIGAN

The Deal with Dower 171 years ago, the dower law was codified in Michigan. Because women were prohibited from both working and owning property, dower ensured women were provided for in the event of their husband’s passing. In short, if a husband passed away, his wife would be entitled to one-third of the value of [...]