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Kenneth V Zichi

Kenneth V Zichi

Kenneth V . Zichi J.D.
  • Elder Law, Estate Planning, Family Law ...
  • Michigan
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Helping Livingston County residents navigate the legal system for 30 years. I focus on Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning and Probate, with a significant portion of my practice also concerning Real Estate and general civil litigation. If you have questions or issues with your home, a cabin up north, or want to insure your family is cared for after you are gone, I'd be happy to meet with you, perhaps bust some myths, and certainly insure YOUR and your family's needs are met. Call for an appointment today!

Practice Areas
    Elder Law
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Insurance Claims
    Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
    Landlord Tenant
    Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Rent Control, Tenants' Rights
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
  • Free Consultation
    Telephone [(810) 299-5222] or office conferences, 20 minutes or less. Longer conferences may incur a minimal fee.
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Kenneth V . Zichi J.D.
- Current
City of Williamston (Michigan)
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
A.B. | History / Communications
Honors: LS&A Honors College 1977-1979
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Professional Associations
State Bar of Michigan
- Current
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estate and probate section Michigan bar
- Current
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Law and Media committee - State Bar of Michigan
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Speaking Engagements
Newsroom Seminar, WNEM TV/AM - Saginaw MI
State Bar of Michigan - Law & Media committee
An hour-long seminar addressing some of the common practical and substantive difficulties journalists encounter in covering the legal system in Michigan.
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Legal Answers
942 Questions Answered
Q. How do I correct a misspelled name in my Will, Power of Attorney and Health Advocacy paperwork?
A: If the misspelling is obvious / innocuous (smyth vs smith for example) there will likely be no big issue and an affidavit is fine. A simple codicil will also work well. The BEST solution is to redo the document particularly if there is the possibility of any misinterpretation. (You have nieces named Jayne Smith, Jean Smyth and Jane Smith for example. In which case, the document should be more specific anyway!) You should also READ the document with the attorney before signing to make sure this stuff gets caught. MOST attorneys will fix typos at no or very minimal charge if caught quickly though. Ask!
Q. My father in law passed and his son is filing a probate caveat. What is it? How long will it tie up probate?
A: A 'Probate Caveat' is not a term used in Michigan law. It is more typically used in the UK, but I imagine that there may be a state or two where that is done also. Michigan takes a different approach, and people who wish to prevent probating either a specific document or having a specific person named as an agent file an 'objection'. If another person has SUPERIOR or EQUAL rights to file for probate under the law, then there needs to be a notice sent before probate is begun by that first person, and then the second person can object or if they have a superior right, actually file probate ahead of the first. NONE of this is easy or straightforward and you can dig yourself a pretty deep hole trying to do this and making a mistake! PLEASE seek local legal counsel in the county where the deceased resided to insure you're acting properly and protecting yourself as well as any potential inheritance. There are lots of ways to be 'penny wise' that will end up being 'pound foolish' as the old saw goes. This won't 'delay' probate long in Michigan (there is a 14 day notice requirement) but it will cause issues if you do it wrong! -- This answer is offered for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney/client relationship. I am licensed to practice in Michigan only. Please seek competent local legal help if you feel you need legal advice
Q. My relative passed away in January of 2020. I talked with my (PR) He said that probate cases are usually closed on the
A: It is one year from the date of appointment, but that is a 'loose' standard. There are reasons it may be extended, and in the interim you should have received paperwork such as the inventory and notices, etc. If you're not comfortable with what has happened, I'd urge you to consult with a local licensed attorney to review the paperwork (be sure to bring it all!) and provide you real advice about what is going on. There is not necessarily anything unusual about an estate that takes more than a year to complete, but there should be some explanation. -- This answer is offered for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney/client relationship. I am licensed to practice in Michigan only. Please seek competent local legal help if you feel you need legal advice
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1360 W. Grand River Ave
Howell, MI 48843
Telephone: (810) 299-5222
Cell: (517) 258-8020
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