What is a Guardianship?

What is a Guardianship? When a person lacks the understanding or ability to make or communicate informed decisions relating to their care, medical needs, and placement, the individual may need the help of a guardian. A guardian is appointed by the probate court at the request of a concerned person (the petitioner). Common petitioners include [...]

Marriotts: Dirty Laundry Airing in Probate Court

The Marriott hotel always looks polished and professional from the outside. Recently, however, we learned that the Marriott family does have some dirty laundry airing out in a probate court. The good news? They are just like every other family – interesting, and not without drama. Meet the Marriotts: J. Willard and Alice Marriott first [...]

Fall Into Estate Planning!

It’s almost unbelievable that this Friday will be the first day of Fall! Although these unusually warm September days make it difficult to believe pumpkin-spice season is already here, chilled Autumn days will be blowing in quickly. Many of us will start settling in with heavy blankets and hot chocolate, and breaking bread over comforting [...]

MY LOVED ONE DIED AND I AM NOMINATED PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE. HELP!

 Losing a loved one is a tragedy that everyone will eventually face. It can be overwhelming to cope with a loss, not to mention the stress of learning and managing your responsibilities as Personal Representative (PR). But, there’s no need to fret - we are here to walk you through your responsibilities. First: Commit First, [...]

PROBATE COURTS

To best understand Michigan's probate courts, it is important to understand all of Michigan's trial courts. Michigan has three trial courts—circuit, district, and probate. The circuit court is the trial court with the broadest powers in Michigan. In general, the circuit court handles all civil cases with claims of more than $25,000 and all felony [...]

LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION

1(833)PROBATE Letters of Administration are Simply a Document that Gives You the Power to Act The Probate Pro understands that there is much confusion as to the term Letters of Administration or Letters of Authority. After years of people calling me asking what the document means, I still wonder why it isn't simply called an [...]

HOW TO PROBATE

The death of a loved one is a life-shaking event for which few are prepared. Whether your loved one had a Will or not, a large or small estate, most estates need to go through the probate process.  Most people do not understand the probate process and do not know how to probate an estate.  The [...]

ANNUAL REPORT OF GUARDIAN

Being a Guardian is often a thankless job. The role requires taking on many duties that are not glamorous. Sometimes it is actually difficult to find a family member willing to serve, especially in situations in which the person in need of protection is mentally ill, combative, or lacks assets. This thankless job requires a deep [...]

OAKLAND COUNTY PROBATE COURT WEBSITE

The Probate Pro has the great privilege of appearing before the probate and trust courts throughout the state of Michigan. It is staffed by friendly and experienced personnel. One of the most enjoyable courts to practice in is the Oakland County Probate Court. Our Michigan probate attorneys have extensive experience handling Oakland County probate cases. [...]

PROBATE A LOST WILL

As part of the administration of a person’s estate, it must be determined whether the person died with or without a Will.  The Will, in conjunction with the probate code, dictates how the estate will be distributed. Often, determining whether a Will exists can be difficult. Some people are private about their affairs. So private [...]

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