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…

Decedents’ Estates

The next area of Probate Court jurisdiction, is that of decedents’ estates. These estates are handled differently, depending on how much, and what kind of assets are involved, whether Court supervision is required or desired, whether there is a will or not, and on other factors too numerous, and case-specific to list out here.

Conservatorships

A Conservatorship is the same as a Guardianship, in that it is authority granted by the Probate Court, to act for another.  It is different, because a Conservatorship authorizes one person to handle another’s business affairs.   Conservatorships can be helpful to protect the assets of a person, whose mental incapacity, or youth, might render them vulnerable to…

Guardianships

Most of us are able to make our own decisions on matters of housing, medical care, education and the like.  Some of us are not.  A person appointed by a Probate Court, to make decisions in such matters (as opposed to business/property matters) is called a Guardian.  There are many situations in which a Guardianship can be…