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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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Summary

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
  • Family Law
  • Insurance Claims
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Real Estate Law
  • Divorce
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Telephone or office conferences, 20 minutes or less. Longer conferences may incur a minimal fee.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Michigan
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Owner
Kenneth V . Zichi J.D.
- Current
Mayor
City of Williamston (Michigan)
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Education
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
J.D.
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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
A.B. | History / Communications
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Honors: LS&A Honors College 1977-1979
Professional Associations
State Bar of Michigan
Member
- Current
estate and probate section Michigan bar
member
- Current
Law and Media committee - State Bar of Michigan
member
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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.
Websites & Blogs
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Legal Answers
652 Questions Answered

Q. My mother passed away in early November of last year. She was in an assisted living apartment at the time.
A: Assuming you are right in that ONLY your mother signed the lease and you didn't guarantee it in any way, then yes, they could TRY to go after her estate, but if there was nothing in her name alone at the time of her passing, there are no estate assets for them to attach. Look carefully at that lease -- MOST talk about what happens if there is a death. Most end the lease at that point, and particularly if you vacated and turned over the keys the facility is really stretching. To be on the 'safe' side I'd not just 'take her name off' the account. I'd close it and move the money elsewhere. It sounds like the facility may be silly about this and I wouldn't want them to be able to try to attack that account because your mom's name USED to be on it. If this becomes a real issue, I'd urge you to consult with a local attorney. A letter from an attorney may be sufficient to quash this before it gets out of hand. -- 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. does a home that is mortgaged have to be included in probate? Husband died, wife survived and mortgage is in both names
A: If the home were in joint name with rights of survivorship (as most married couples own real estate) then it doesn't pass through probate, and it is the survivor's sole property by operation of law. If they owned as 'tenants in common' and not with survivorship conditions, then it MAY need to be probated. If you aren't clear how the property was owned, then you need to see a local real estate lawyer ASAP to clarify the situation. -- 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. If a person named in a will legally changes their name are they still eligible to be able to collect?
A: First of all you don't 'inherit' debt. If there is more debt than asset I generally recommend against bothering with probate, and let the creditors scrabble for the scraps. Secondly, the fact that someone has legally changed their name doesn't impact the bequest in a will. If I name a daughter and she gets married she still is my beneficiary so long as she is CLEARLY identified in the document. "My Son x" works even if the son changes his name. If son x were ADOPTED by someone else, then that may change, but a mere name change doesn't impact things. If he REALLY wanted to 'divorce' himself from the family, then he could voluntarily renounce his inheritance, but again, that seems not to be an issue if there is nothing. If you have questions or are unsure what you should do -- consult with a local probate attorney ASAP to be sure you don't make a mis-step here! -- 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. trying to make arrangements for my final expenses
A: You need to spell this out in BOTH your will (which unfortunately may not be looked at until after a funeral so putting funeral / remains disposition instructions in there alone is NOT enough!) and also in your Medical PoA. Michigan law allows a medical agent to act even after death to arrange for funerals and anatomical gifts and you need to insure you choose someone to do those tasks who you trust will follow through and do what you desire. Further you SHOULD have these documents done by a local estate planning attorney. There are conditions and caveats that need to be followed. Don't be penny wise and pound foolish -- it will cost less to get this done right up front than to have issues later! -- 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. Paperwork is all over the place? I signed paper work 3/2012 For $407 per mth but i pay him $450
A: Your question is VERY unclear. I assume you have a land contract and you're disputing the payments made and/or how they were credited. Do you have proof of payments and have you run an amortization schedule with those payments? Does it match what is listed in the paperwork provided? You cannot 'prove' payments without cancelled checks or receipts or some other documentation. Bottom line. 1) It is unclear what you are asking and 2) It IS clear you need to show all the paperwork to a local real estate attorney who can review the situation and provide you guidance. --This answer is provided for informational purposes only and does not create an attorney - client relationship. If you need legal advice you should consult with a local attorney. I am licensed to practice in Michigan only.
Q. My mother owed me a large sum of money and was struggling with addiction just before her death.
A: You need to talk with a local attorney. SO many unanswered questions. You received paperwork FROM WHOM? What makes you think YOU PERSONALLY will be responsible for a debt you didn't sign for? You won't. What makes you think you have to go to probate? If the house was 'given to you' properly, it is YOUR house, and shouldn't need probate. WAY too many unanswered questions. Seek local legal representation! --This answer is provided for informational purposes only and does not create an attorney - client relationship. If you need legal advice you should consult with a local attorney. I am licensed to practice in Michigan only.
Q. Sister just passed and I need to get into her account to pay her bills and the bank won't let me.
A: 1) PoA ends at death. The bank is doing exactly what it should. Your power is no longer effective. 2) why would YOU need to pay her bills? Her ESTATE might owe the money not you, and you need to consult with a local probate / estates attorney to see what if anything you SHOULD be doing. Did your sister have kids or a spouse? Are your parents or a parent still alive? YOU may not be the person primarily 'in charge' of making decisions, and depending on the circumstances even if you ARE the person primarily in charge, you may not WANT to do so. Seek local legal help! -- 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. Can forclosure by not paying property taxes when owning your property outright affect your credit score?
A: If the county/city reports that foreclosure on your credit report, then yes, it can. Similarly, and more likely, once the taxes are reported on the public record as delinquent, credit reporting agencies WILL generally pick up on the fact and add that into your record. Remember, taxes are PUBLIC records, and that stuff ends up in your PRIVATE credit history without anyone having to specifically report it. Bottom line, the short answer is 'yes- and not for the good'. -- 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. Does this mean I can end my lease prior to the termination date?
A: To answer this an attorney would need to see the WHOLE LEASE not just the 'whole paragraph', and put it into context. Does this refer to holding over? Sounds like it may. If that is the case, the LENGTH of the lease is 30 days so there isn't a 'prior to the termination date'. Don't hold your cards so close to your chest that you can't see them all -- share the WHOLE lease with a local real estate attorney who can review the whole thing and provide a real answer. --This answer is provided for informational purposes only and does not create an attorney - client relationship. If you need legal advice you should consult with a local attorney. I am licensed to practice in Michigan only.
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