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Does My Property Qualify for Homestead Protection?

From time to time, a client will call our law office asking about homestead protection, and whether they and their home are eligible. What is homestead protection, and why might it matter to you? The short answer is that homestead protection could pu… Read More
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An “Unfunded” Living Trust Isn’t Worth the Paper It’s Written On

You probably wouldn’t buy a car that didn’t have an engine or build a kitchen that didn’t have a stove in it. In fact, people might think there was something wrong with you if you did. Cars and kitchens have functions: to transport people and p… Read More
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Five Tips for Resolving a Probate Dispute with Siblings

When you hear the term “sibling rivalry,” you probably picture kids squabbling over who got the bigger piece of pie or jockeying for a favored seat in the car on a road trip. Those fights may irritate parents, but they are momentary and usually e… Read More
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Proving Fraudulent Misrepresentation in Probate Court

The great majority of the time, individuals involved in the probate process behave diligently and honorably, and any mistakes are innocent and readily resolved. Unfortunately, from time to time, people behave dishonorably with the intention of enrich… Read More
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Understanding Informal Probate in Michigan

People often refer to an estate having to “go through probate” as if probate were a single, standardized process. In fact, there is more than one type of probate. In Michigan, there is formal and informal probate. The formal probate process is ov… Read More
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How to Avoid Probate in Michigan

Probate is the court-supervised process of settling a deceased person’s estate: making sure all assets are located, all legitimate debts are paid, and the remaining property transferred to the people the deceased intended to have it. Depending on t… Read More
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How to Obtain the Best Possible Results in Probate Court

In most cases, if you have a well prepared estate plan, you can avoid the costly, stressful, public, and lengthy probate process. Without an estate plan, or in situations where disputes arise over your assets and affairs, you will likely end up in th… Read More
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How To Make the Probate Court Process Easier

With proper estate planning, the probate court can be avoided. However, even if someone has failed to plan ahead to prevent their estate from going through the probate court, it is sometimes possible to take probate “short-cuts” which lessen the… Read More
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