Tom Petty and the Heartbreaking Estate

The administration of a deceased’s estate can bring drama with it, and celebrity status in no way prevents the drama from happening. In fact, you could argue it creates more drama. Take for example the late Tom Petty. After his passing, Petty’s widow, Dana York Petty, became the trustee of the artist’s trust. As you’ll [...]

Kristoff St. John and the Holographic Will

A few weeks ago, we discussed how Luke Perry took steps to protect his family in the event that he passed away. Today, we’ll take a look at another celebrity who passed away last month, that being soap opera television star Kristoff St. John. Originally, it was reported that the Young and the Restless star [...]

Three Things to Consider when choosing a Conservator

Not too long ago, we took a look at five things people should consider when choosing a guardian. This week, we’ll discuss three things people should consider when choosing a conservator. A conservator is responsible for handling an individual’s financial accounts and statements, making sure the individual needing conservatorship has nothing to worry about. With [...]

2019-03-19T13:24:02-05:00Tuesday, March 19, 2019|conservator, conservatorship, Financial|0 Comments

Unmarried Couples: Why a Will is Necessary

Relationships are magnificent things. Some couples will wind up getting married, whereas others will choose to just be together, committing themselves to a “married” lifestyle. For those couples that have committed to a “married” lifestyle without the actual marriage you need to know this: If your significant other passes away, they have no spousal rights, [...]

2019-03-15T09:21:28-05:00Friday, March 15, 2019|Beneficiaries, surviving spouse, Will|0 Comments

How Luke Perry’s Estate Preparation Prevented Drama

The world was shook last week with the passing of Luke Perry. A beloved television actor, Perry suffered a massive stroke, which led to him being put into a medically-induced coma. Sadly, Perry passed away several days later. No matter who you are – a television actor or a construction worker – you need to [...]

Five Things to Consider when Choosing a Guardian

In the event an individual may become incapacitated or disabled to a certain extent, he or she will be in a complex position. Things they may have been able to do on their own now require assistance. This can be something as simple as scaling up a set of stairs, or something very specific like [...]

2019-03-08T08:09:29-05:00Friday, March 8, 2019|Guardian, guardianship|0 Comments

Wrongful Death Nuts & Bolts

At the Probate ProSM, we often deal with wrongful death cases. The wrongful death act is highly detailed and there’s a lot to digest. While there is much that can be covered when it comes to the act, we thought we’d focus on the questions and concerns we encounter the most. These relate to the [...]

2019-03-05T12:12:25-05:00Tuesday, March 5, 2019|Probate, wrongful death|0 Comments

Five Ways to Prepare Yourself for Decedent Estate

We all have a busy schedule in our lives. Meetings to go to, kids to pick up and of course, our jobs. Caught up in the whirlwind of life, we don’t always have time to prepare for meetings, let alone know how to prepare for meetings that are unfamiliar. If by chance, you are in [...]

The Case of Western Rollarama

An owner of an Ohio roller skating rink passed away in January. The rink’s employees took to Facebook to let people know of the news, as well as how much the owner cared for the rink. Not long after, the rink he opened in 1971, was forced to close its doors. Western Rollarama, a roller [...]

2019-02-26T10:33:24-05:00Tuesday, February 26, 2019|estate law, estate plan, Estate Planning, Probate, Settlements|0 Comments

Three Reasons to Start Estate Planning Now

Sometimes we avoid doing certain things. It could be because we aren’t sure how to approach said thing or are afraid to. Talking about end-of-life planning is one of those things people avoid. In fact, research in 2017 from Caring.com reveals that less than half of the adults in the United States have their estate plan figured [...]