Married and Living Separately… What’s the Big Deal?

Well it’s not a big deal if you have a will. In Saginaw, Michigan a case arose that will define an aspect of estate law. The case has made it to the Michigan Supreme Court; arguments were heard last month on the matter. James Erwin Sr. and his wife, Maggie Erwin, were married in 1968 [...]

Probate Appeals: Telling It Like It Is!

Remember when you were a kid, and consistently tried to negotiate everything? Lesser punishments, later bedtimes, the top bunk bed, more junk food, and anything else you could cook up an argument for? Well, I never really grew out of that phase, so I had to make a career out of it. I often blog [...]

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. [...]

WORLD AUTISM MONTH: WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW

Throughout April, the world has been lighting up blue in recognition of World Autism Month. Universally-recognized landmarks across the globe, such as The White House, the Empire State Building, and Niagara Falls, have lit up blue in support of Autism awareness and the Light It Up Blue campaign. As the fastest-growing developmental disorder in America [...]

MICHIGAN WELCOMES DOMESTIC ASSET PROTECTION TRUSTS (DAPTs)

It’s been just over a month since Michigan became the 17th state to allow Domestic Asset Protection Trusts (DAPTs). Effective March 8, 2017, these irrevocable trusts primarily assist in shielding one’s assets from creditors and estate taxes, with the goal of keeping your wealth with your loved ones. Michigan’s DAPT Criteria While DAPTs sound like [...]

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 [...]

APRIL IS NATIONAL DONATE LIFE AWARENESS MONTH. ARE YOU REGISTERED TO BE AN ORGAN DONOR?

Life is truly a gift. While you don’t need to be a probate and/or estate planning attorney to realize and appreciate this fact, we at The Probate Pro are experts in planning for life and for death, and experience life’s fragility with every case. Why Would We Donate Our Organs? Because April is National Donate [...]

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day The Probate Pro Way

Top of the mornin’ to ya! While it is only Monday, many people already have their minds and hearts set on Friday’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Whether you plan to sport your only few pieces of green clothing, hit some of Detroit’s Irish hot spots, partake in the 13 million pints of Guinness that will [...]

2017-10-18T19:11:15+00:00 Monday, March 13, 2017|attorney, Darren Findling, Financial, The Probate Pro|0 Comments

NATIONAL PROCRASTINATION WEEK: WHAT TRULY CANNOT "WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW"

If you are reading this blog in lieu of doing your work, starting that diet tomorrow instead of today, or watching reruns of the Oscars rather than cleaning, this week is dedicated to you. No, you didn’t read that wrong – it really is National Procrastination Week! As an attorney, I try my best to [...]

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