How to Complete a Probate Inventory

You’ve been appointed the personal representative of a deceased estate in the State of Michigan. Now, it is time to present the probate inventory. First, you need to complete the Estate Court Administrator form for the preparation of the required probate inventory. This form is required under both Michigan statute and Michigan Court Rule. We [...]

2020-02-14T11:34:56-05:00Friday, February 14, 2020|estate administration, Personal Representative|0 Comments

The Role of a Fiduciary in Litigation

A lawsuit is going to be filed on behalf of a minor or incompetent individual, or against a minor or incompetent individual. What do you do? In the State of Michigan, there are specific rules designed around what happens if the plaintiff in an action needs protection in the form of a fiduciary, whether it’s [...]

2020-02-12T10:41:04-05:00Wednesday, February 12, 2020|conservator, conservatorship, Fiduciary, Fiduciary Duty|0 Comments

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

How to Informally Open a Probate Estate

Someone has died and you wish to open a probate estate through an application for informal probate. But how does that work? Let’s go over how to open a probate estate using the informal process. There are a variety of ways in which an estate can be opened. One of the ways is through the [...]

2020-02-04T13:26:35-05:00Tuesday, February 4, 2020|Probate, Probate Administration|0 Comments

How to Distribute a Probate Estate

You’ve got a probate estate open and you’re the personal representative, but don’t know how to fully administer the estate. Plus, you must pay creditors, settle all the debts, pay all the exemptions, allowances and administrative expenses. Let’s go over on how to distribute an estate. Once you’ve liquidated all the estate assets and are [...]

Why Having an Estate Plan is so Important

You’ve probably read it by now, seen it on the television screen or heard it on the radio. Kobe Bryant, basketball legend – along with eight other passengers, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna – were killed in a helicopter accident on January 26. Typing those words still don’t feel right. LA Times Columnist Bill Plaschke [...]

2020-01-28T09:58:49-05:00Tuesday, January 28, 2020|Estate Planning, Probate|0 Comments

The Probate Process, Step by Step

We’ve seen it quite a bit – grieving families leaving the funeral home that is next to our office. We know that these families leaving the funeral home are going through an emotionally tolling experience. Usually after the funeral, these families will be in need of a probate attorney to help get the decedent’s assets [...]

2020-01-27T09:47:58-05:00Monday, January 27, 2020|Probate|0 Comments

Learn about the Probate Litigation Process

Probate fights are nasty, exhausting and expensive. Whether you’re about to enter a probate fight or are already immersed in one, it’s important to know what happens in probate litigation. Let’s go over the probate litigation process so that you know what to expect. Lawsuit commenced, complaint filed The lawsuit may be commenced in the [...]

2020-01-24T14:45:14-05:00Friday, January 24, 2020|probate litigation|0 Comments