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 [...]

2019-05-22T10:31:39-05:00Wednesday, May 22, 2019|estate plan, Estate Planning, Probate, Will|0 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

2019-05-03T10:15:47-05:00Friday, May 3, 2019|The Probate Pro, The Probate Pro Team|0 Comments

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 [...]

2019-04-30T09:26:27-05:00Tuesday, April 30, 2019|conservator, conservatorship, Guardian, guardianship|0 Comments

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 [...]

Five Frequent Supplemental Needs Trust Questions

Written by Andrew Lorelli Supplemental Needs Trusts (“SNTs”, also called Special Needs Trusts) are a common estate planning tool. SNTs are for people who receive means-tested government benefits, as well as those who also may be the beneficiaries of an estate or the recipient of settlement funds after a lawsuit. SNTs are designed to allow [...]

The Difference Between a Conservator and a Guardian

In the court of law, an adult who is unable to take care of themselves or their property and minors are considered to be incapacitated persons. An incapacitated adult or minor will need someone to oversee them, assuring their safety and well-being. Enter guardians and conservators, who are there to serve and protect their loved [...]

Brandon Thomson Awarded for Excellence in Elder Law Practice

The Probate Pro takes pride in the work our attorneys and support staff do. Because of this, we love to share with you the success of our family. Brandon Thomson is a shining example of the excellence we strive for daily. In 2018, Brandon’s work, built on determination and commitment to his clients, earned him [...]

Amy Peterman and Andrew Lorelli Win in Litigation

Congratulations to our very own Amy Peterman and Andrew Lorelli.  Each recently won an important litigation case for their client in the Probate Court. Amy Peterman assisted her client in establishing the client's heirship to her deceased father who passed intestate (without a will).  The personal representative for the decedent, one of his other daughters, [...]