Does A Will Avoid Probate?

It’s an often-asked question, but to those of us in probate, it’s an  age-old question. Does a will avoid probate? The answer to this question is no, a will does not clear way. A will is a document that guides you through the probate process. The only way to avoid probate is if there were [...]

2020-02-10T10:23:44-05:00Monday, February 10, 2020|Financial|0 Comments

How to Open a Probate Estate: Formal vs Informal

There are two primary ways in which probate estate is opened in the State of Michigan. Why are there two different ones? Because there’s an informal process and a formal probate process. Each one has different steps and requirements. Which one you use is going to depend on your situation. Let’s cover the informal and [...]

2020-02-07T13:57:53-05:00Friday, February 7, 2020|Probate Administration|0 Comments

Six Steps on How to Probate an Estate

Understanding how to probate can be difficult. It's by design, but it's also done to make sure everything is taken into account. The process is long and arduous, with many forms to be filled, appearances in court that need to be made, and that's just the tip of the iceberg that is this process. But, [...]

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 [...]

The Statutes and Case Law Behind the Appointment of a Conservator in Michigan

Conservator Appointment in Michigan Unfortunately, there are times when a person is not able to manage their own financial affairs.  If the person has failed to adequately plan with a Power of Attorney, a person, called a “conservator” can be appointed by the probate court in which the individual resides. Upon the filing of a [...]

Millennials… the next clients needing estate plans?

Why should an estate plan be top-of-mind for millennials? The truth is, we cannot predict the future. We don’t know when our time will come. Terrible accidents happen all the time. What we do know is what a mess you could potentially be leaving behind if you do not have a will. As millennials begin [...]

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 [...]

Hiring for Our Team! (Associate Attorney & Paralegal)

TITLE: Associate Attorney The Probate Pro (www.theprobatepro.com), a division of the Darren Findling Law Firm, a growing probate, trust administration, and estate planning law firm in downtown Royal Oak seeks an associate level attorney.  This attorney should have the ability to communicate and work effectively with clients and firm personnel.  One must be comfortable working [...]

Artwork, Antiques, Collectibles… How to Plan for Them?

Don’t let your investments end up being considered just “personal property.” After your death, all of the things in your home or office are considered  “personal property” and depending on how you’ve planned, may become subject to the determination of the person appointed as your personal representative.  The personal representative can decide to sell them, [...]

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 [...]