Lady Bird Deed: What is it? Who is it for?

The Lady Bird Deed is a specific type of deed that has become popular in recent years. The reason for its popularity is simple – it has many benefits. Some of the benefits include the ability to transfer property outside of probate without using a trust and the avoidance of Michigan Medicaid Estate Recovery. What [...]

Tom Petty and the Heartbreaking Estate

The administration of a deceased’s estate can bring drama with it, and celebrity status in no way prevents the drama from happening. In fact, you could argue it creates more drama. Take for example the late Tom Petty. After his passing, Petty’s widow, Dana York Petty, became the trustee of the artist’s trust. As you’ll [...]

Five Frequent Supplemental Needs Trust Questions

Written by Andrew Lorelli Supplemental Needs Trusts (“SNTs”, also called Special Needs Trusts) are a common estate planning tool. SNTs are for people who receive means-tested government benefits, as well as those who also may be the beneficiaries of an estate or the recipient of settlement funds after a lawsuit. SNTs are designed to allow [...]

Meet a Probate Pro – Liisa Vaara-Lewis

Liisa Vaara-Lewis is a highly valued member of our team at The Probate ProSM. Serving as the case manager and social worker, Liisa helps in a variety of ways for our clients, providing care and compassion – never giving up on them. We got to sit down with Liisa and speak with her about how [...]

2019-03-28T11:23:05-05:00Thursday, March 28, 2019|Guardian, The Probate Pro, The Probate Pro Team|0 Comments

Unmarried Couples: Why a Will is Necessary

Relationships are magnificent things. Some couples will wind up getting married, whereas others will choose to just be together, committing themselves to a “married” lifestyle. For those couples that have committed to a “married” lifestyle without the actual marriage you need to know this: If your significant other passes away, they have no spousal rights, [...]

2019-03-15T09:21:28-05:00Friday, March 15, 2019|Beneficiaries, surviving spouse, Will|0 Comments

How Luke Perry’s Estate Preparation Prevented Drama

The world was shook last week with the passing of Luke Perry. A beloved television actor, Perry suffered a massive stroke, which led to him being put into a medically-induced coma. Sadly, Perry passed away several days later. No matter who you are – a television actor or a construction worker – you need to [...]

Wrongful Death Nuts & Bolts

At the Probate ProSM, we often deal with wrongful death cases. The wrongful death act is highly detailed and there’s a lot to digest. While there is much that can be covered when it comes to the act, we thought we’d focus on the questions and concerns we encounter the most. These relate to the [...]

2019-03-05T12:12:25-05:00Tuesday, March 5, 2019|Probate, wrongful death|0 Comments

The Case of Western Rollarama

An owner of an Ohio roller skating rink passed away in January. The rink’s employees took to Facebook to let people know of the news, as well as how much the owner cared for the rink. Not long after, the rink he opened in 1971, was forced to close its doors. Western Rollarama, a roller [...]

2019-02-26T10:33:24-05:00Tuesday, February 26, 2019|estate law, estate plan, Estate Planning, Probate, Settlements|0 Comments

The Case of the Abraham Lincoln Estate

Most presidents of our country have been well-prepared for office. One of our country’s greatest presidents, however, wasn’t prepared when it came to estate planning. Abraham Lincoln was shot at Theater on April 14, 1865 and died the next day. Upon his death, the president’s son, Robert, sent a telegraph to David Davis, Justice of [...]

Three Reasons to Start Estate Planning Now

Sometimes we avoid doing certain things. It could be because we aren’t sure how to approach said thing or are afraid to. Talking about end-of-life planning is one of those things people avoid. In fact, research in 2017 from Caring.com reveals that less than half of the adults in the United States have their estate plan figured [...]