Not Having a Properly Drafted Will Comes at a High Cost

An electronic will was accepted as valid, but at what cost to the heirs? A Michigan man passes away and leaves behind, in lieu of a properly drafted will, a handwritten note that directs to a will that he wrote out on his cellphone. The man left his mother out of the will that he [...]

How Much $ Would You Pay for an A+ Estate Plan?

Probate costs can far exceed the cost of personally crafted estate plan. Everyone’s situation is different, and therefore, everyone has a different need for an estate plan. An estate plan is personalized and created custom to fit your needs. You could say that getting a skillfully drafted estate plan is one of the best investments [...]

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 [...]

Probate Lawyer Near Me

Now, unless you have ever needed a probate lawyer, it is likely that you have no idea what one is. Probate law includes many areas – estate and trust administration, guardianships and conservatorships, litigation and appeals, estate planning and special needs trusts, and more. The Probate Pro has highly-experienced lawyers in each of these areas. [...]

Zachary Trosch: The Newest Probate Pro

As our family continues to grow, we ask that you join us in welcoming Zachary Trosch, our newest attorney. Zachary officially began practicing with us earlier this month and primarily concentrates on research and writing for probate litigation matters. Zachary comes to us with experience in personal injury advocacy. He started his legal career as [...]

IN TRUSTS WE TRUST

A Lesson In History The Uniform Trust Code (UTC) was coordinated by legal practitioners across the country to standardize and simplify state trust code in 2000, and was last amended in 2010. Since then, many states have completely or, at least, partially adopted the UTC. Estates and Protected Individuals Code (commonly called EPIC) is Michigan’s [...]

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. [...]

WELCOMING A NEW PROBATE PRO: AMY PETERMAN

Please share in our excitement as we welcome Amy Peterman to The Probate Pro team! Amy started sharing her expertise with us as an official Probate Pro on Monday, April 24, and will primarily focus her practice on probate litigation matters and appeals. Amy joins us after a seasoned career of more than 25 years [...]

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 [...]