Three Common Questions About a Pet Trust

Many families around the world have a canine, feline or other type of animal companion that’s in their lives. While there’s no biological relation, they’re often treated like family. When it comes to family, you always want to leave them protected. Through a comprehensive estate plan, you can protect your family and assure your assets [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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