National Make-A-Will Month is August!

August is National Make-A-Will Month! Having a will not only ensures that your wishes are carried out after your passing, but it also protects your loved ones from potentially lengthy and expensive court proceedings. Common misconceptions about making a will are you think you’re too young, you think creating one is too expensive, and you [...]

Brandon Thomson Brings Elder Law to The Probate Pro

It is with great excitement that we welcome Brandon Thomson to our legal team! Brandon began sharing his talent with us as an official Probate Pro earlier this month. Brandon joins us after a fruitful career serving practice areas very similar to our own, but also including elder law, Medicaid planning, and Veterans administration benefits. [...]

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 [...]

Estate Battles – They Can Happen to Anyone!

Celebrity deaths can often trigger public estate battles George Michael’s will is being contested in England by two of his former partners, Kenny Goss, who he was with for 15 years, and Fadi Fawaz his partner of 5 years. George died back in December 2016, unfortunately. It is not uncommon for it to take years [...]

I’ve Been Appointed Personal Representative – What Now!?

The probate court has delivered Letters of Authority appointing you as Personal Representative of your loved one’s estate. So, now what? This is a tremendous responsibility, and it is easy to get overwhelmed by the long list of what needs to be done, all the different court requirements and deadlines, and the arduous processes of [...]

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 [...]

Undue Influence: Recognize the Signs. Stop the Abuse.

Your aunt was in a car accident. Thankfully she made it through, but the injuries she sustained required that she have a full-time caregiver. Your cousin, her eldest, adult child, took up the role. You visit your aunt frequently, and you have noticed she is not making rational decisions that are in her best interest [...]

Probate? Attorney Fees? How Am I Supposed to Afford All of This?

For many, investing money in anything results in our guilty consciences needling us with a million questions: “Do you really need this?” “Will it make me happier or make my life easier?” And, of course, “How am I going to pay for this?” Hiring a probate attorney is undoubtedly one of those investments. Admittedly, attorneys [...]

WHY DO I NEED A WILL?

Who Wants to Talk About Death? Many individuals postpone writing a will for a variety of reasons. First, people understandably associate wills with death, and would prefer to avoid thoughts pertaining to it until necessary. Second, many may view writing a will as expensive, and deem the financial costs as outweighing the benefits of actually [...]

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. [...]