Guardian Ad Litem Services

A “Guardian Ad Litem”, or GAL, is a technical-sounding, legalese term, referring to someone appointed by a Court, usually to review the fairness of some type of Probate Court Petition, or a settlement, a distribution, which could be in Probate, Circuit, or District Court. A “Guardian Ad Litem” is really not a “Guardian”, in the…

What Are Inventory Fees?

Under MCLA 600.871, Probate Courts throughout the State of Michigan are required to charge and collect something known as an “Inventory Fee”, which sounds so much better than “a tax”. Inventory fees are considered “expenses of administration”, which conveniently gives the probate court priority over others, including estate beneficiaries and creditors, for payment of this…

Can A Person Have Two Fathers?

Under Michigan law, the answer is this: A person might well have two fathers. This is a story, not just about a unique set of facts and law, but about how aggressively your trial lawyer should be fighting for you. Background Not long ago, I received a call from “Jimmy” a young man, who told…

Inheritance Matters Not Covered By This Website

There are issues covered by the probate code, on the subject of inheritance, that are simply too detailed to discuss on a general information website such as this. Some of these issues deal with estate and gift taxation, powers of appointment, detailed estate planning issues, spousal elections, advancements against portions designated in a will, omitted…

Probate Court – Intestate Succession

Property distributed by intestate succession, is distributed to intestate heirs, as described below, in the following order: First – To Surviving Spouse – according to amounts set forth in the statute; see MCLA §700.2102 Second – To Descendants, by representation (see above for definition); See MCLA §700.2103(a) Next – If there are no descendants, then…

Common Probate Court Terminology

Petition – A formal request one might make of a Probate Court judge; in District and Circuit Court, these requests are usually referred to as “motions”. While there is no significant difference between a Motion & a Petition, the Probate Court uses its terminology, so you should be aware of it. Notice of Hearing –…

Insurance Company Demanding You See Their Doctor? What Are You Supposed to Do? Call The Frank Law Firm 877-FRANK-LAW For a Free Consultation!

You have had an auto accident.  Maybe you have seen a doctor, and YOUR auto insurance company wants you to see one of THEIR doctors.  Do you have to go? How do you handle yourself? Do you really have to run around town, gathering up your medical records, just to deliver those records to the…