NOT YOUR AVERAGE QUIET TITLE SERVICE

We have a staff of skilled professionals ready to solve your quiet title issues.

We take great pride in being the leading quiet title firm. Our veteran staff concentrates on quiet title proceedings and litigation.

The Quiet Title Attorneys

Darren Findling

Darren Findling

President and Attorney

Darren has been cleaning titles since 1994 and also practices Probate and Trust Law, Elder Law, and Real Estate Disputes.

Darren hosted The Findling Law Hour, a weekly radio show on 97.1 FM and 1270 AM. The Findling Law Hour’s loyal listeners tuned in weekly for information on the hottest legal issues. He is also the author of a quarterly publication titled The Probate Pro. The quarterly publication is distributed to and read by attorneys state-wide.

Darren is committed to philanthropy and has been an active member of dozens of charitable organizations in the Detroit area.

MORE ABOUT DARREN

Born in the backseat of a 1969 Buick Regal, my mother says the world was ready for me faster than her body was. She was right. When I was three, my Jamaican nanny brought me to an inner-city Baptist church where I promptly danced down the aisles. As a teenager, I charmed my way into a hotel to hang out with the Jackson Five. As an adult, I bought a beat-up, 40-passenger bus that I painted maize and blue to drive the neighborhood kids to U of M football games. I have also appeared on The View and on the front pages of The New York Times and Wall Street Journal — all for different reasons.

I am both quick thinker and talker, and am obsessed with puns — very much to the dismay of my four children. I take the phrase “it can’t be done” as a challenge in both my professional and personal life. When I’m not in court or behind a desk, you can find me spending time with my family, bungee jumping, sky diving, heli-skiing, trekking mountains, running marathons, and re-inventing philanthropy. Usually performing a few of these simultaneously.

My father is a survivor of the Holocaust. His mother was murdered at Auschwitz and his father was shot into a mass grave by the Einsatzgruppen. My father and his siblings survived by hiding in the forest in the Vichy region of France, along with a hundred other Jewish children. These orphaned children banded together, subsisting on radishes and potatoes that they dug up from the ground, for nearly two years. Finally they were rescued and brought to America. My father was just eight years old at the time. Now 85, he remembers constantly fearing for his life as a child and believing he was unworthy of life itself. His parents named him Siegfried, which in German mythology means “dragon slayer.” He says that throughout his childhood in Nazi Europe, the association of his name gave him the inner strength that allowed him to persevere. His survival was dependent on many miracles and, most importantly, on the unconditional help of others.

My mother was born in Casablanca, Morocco to teenage parents who both abandoned her and left her to be raised by her grandparents.

When my parents met and married in Europe, they were both terribly wounded by their childhood experiences. When I was six years old, my mother left us. I remember huddling together with my two brothers and sister in the face of our fear. As we constantly strategized on what to do next, I quickly assumed a leadership role in my family.

These life experiences had a profound impact on me. They opened my heart and my mind to the suffering of others. They gave me the confidence to be fully engaged in the world around me. My father raised me to believe that I have an expansive responsibility that includes all those who are in need. My father was never philanthropic in the traditional sense, so I had little exposure to the financial side of philanthropy prior to my education and professional experiences. For my family, philanthropy was not about writing a check and moving on to enjoy the luxuries of our upper-middle class life. Instead, my dad instilled in me a duty to help others in need. His philanthropy was directed at personally helping those in crisis. My childhood was filled with random teenagers who lived in our home, seeking refuge from their troubled lives. Unable to turn away from the sufferings of others, my father opened his home and his heart to children and, in turn, we welcomed and accepted these ‘strangers’ into our lives. We could not and would not avoid those who were suffering. Indeed, our own suffering was diminished by helping others.

My past and the way I was raised makes me who I am today. With so many experiences shaping me, helping others has always been and will always be at the forefront of my career and my daily purpose.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for a complimentary consultation at either 248-399-3300 or Darren@TheProbatePro.com.

Andrew Black

Andrew Black

Attorney

Andrew focuses his practice mainly on probate litigation, real property disputes, and appeals. As the managing attorney, he supports the Quiet Title team through training, mentoring, and working with them to develop successful legal strategies.

MORE ABOUT ANDREW

Outside of work, you can usually find Andrew serving as the hockey goalie for his local team. He also enjoys spending time with his family and friends, especially when it involves baseball. He has a personal goal of attending a baseball game in every ballpark in America.

KRISTY BLack

KRISTY BLack

Attorney

Kristy has been a practicing attorney since 2008, and a member of Quiet Title and The Probate Pro family since 2012. Although Kristy has a deep understanding of all aspects of probate, most of her time is spent coordinating personal injury and wrongful death settlements with co-counsel, as well as supporting the team when it comes to probate litigation and appeals.

MORE ABOUT KRISTY

Kristy enjoys running when and if her toddler allows her to, as well as reading and writing. She and her husband, are big Tigers fans, and enjoy taking trips to go cheer the Tigers on at different baseball stadiums.

Michael Bussert

Michael Bussert

Attorney

Michael joined Quiet Title and The Probate Pro in October of 2014 as a law clerk, and was quickly hired full time as an associate attorney a year later. Now he focuses on litigation cases, including real estate disputes, landlord-tenant matters, quiet title actions, as well as probate and trust administration.

MORE ABOUT MICHAEL

Outside the office, Michael is an avid Detroit sports fan (yes, that includes the Lions!), craft beer enthusiast, and technology nerd.

STEPHEN JOHNSTON

STEPHEN JOHNSTON

Attorney

Stephen joined The Darren Findling Law Firm as an associate attorney in 2015. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan and is a member of the Probate and Estate Planning sections of the State Bar of Michigan. He enjoy working in the area of Probate and Estate Planning for the benefits and comfort it can provide his clients. Through honest and open communication, he focuses on building a strong attorney-client relationship and working to satisfy the wishes of all of his clients during what can be a troubling and emotional time.

MORE ABOUT STEPHEN

Stephen is active in his neighborhood and community, serving on the Brownfield Redevelopment Committee for the Ferndale City Council. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his pup (Sammi), golfing, playing softball, and keeping up with his fantasy sport teams. He is also a reluctantly passionate fan of the Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers.

ZACHARY TROSCH

ZACHARY TROSCH

Attorney

As a relatively new member of the legal profession, Zach was excited to join QuietTitle.com family in serving our clients and the community. He has a great passion for estate planning and litigation, and looks forward to applying my previous experiences as a personal injury advocate to his probate and quiet title practice. His current role includes supporting the litigation team with legal research and writing, including the drafting of affidavits, complaints, petitions, motions, briefs, and other related documents as needed for litigation.

MORE ABOUT ZACHARY

When not serving our clients, Zach enjoys spending time with his wife. They enjoy a quiet night at home watching old sitcoms (Newhart and Cheers are among our usual go-to’s) just as much as we do being out on the town. While it is fun just to be a team of two, we hope to someday add a puppy to our family. Zach also visits his grandparents every weekend and enjoys listening to their stories about coming to America, how they first met, and about his parents as kids. He has a life-long passion for writing and, when he’s on his own, love to hone my craft. This includes non-fiction, fiction, and even poetry! Regardless of who he’s with or what he’s doing, he’s always cheering on the maze and blue – Go Wolverines!

Jason Wagner

Jason Wagner

COO

Jason did not take the traditional law firm position after graduating law school. In addition to being a practicing attorney, Jason oversees the amazing team of professionals at Quiet Title with the same core focus and values of compassion, care, and experience that we provide our clients.

MORE ABOUT JASON

When not at work, Jason enjoys family time with his wife and three children. He also enjoys playing in two ice hockey leagues and the music of the Dave Matthews Band.

The Quiet Title Support Staff

MARISSA BASTY

MARISSA BASTY

Paralegal

As a paralegal, much of my time is spent communicating with our clients and supporting their needs. I ensure they have all of the correct paperwork, obtain bonds when needed, update clients on their cases, and ensure that both the attorneys and our clients have the information they need to work together. I also communicate and schedule appointments with the courts, prepare annual accounts for our client fiduciaries, prepare Notice of Hearings, and serve Orders.

MORE ABOUT MARISSA

Living with Celiac’s Disease has encouraged me to experiment with gluten-free cooking and baking, so I am typically in the kitchen trying my hands at new recipes and cooking techniques. I only naturally became a movie fanatic after working in a movie theater for over six years, so I’m typically content watching a good movie or Sci-Fi television with my dog, Buddy. I also read everything and anything, although my favorites include the Harry Potter series, “The Magicians” series, “Me Before You,” and “Nineteen Minutes.” I am also very family-oriented, so I also like spending my time trying new restaurants, shopping at farmer’s markets, visiting breweries, or relaxing at barbeques with my family and friends.

Sean Boughton

Sean Boughton

File Clerk

Sean can be found running across our office locating files and subsequently relocating them for usage at a later date, or driving throughout the metro Detroit area filing pleadings with the courts on behalf of our clients. 

MORE ABOUT SEAN

When not working, you can find Sean spending time outside enjoying the many wonderful outdoor activities that Michigan offers. In the winter, he often spends time at local microbreweries taste testing the season’s newest flavors or snowboarding and skiing. Summertime usually involves hiking, camping and, in the recent years, rock climbing. Summer also fuels his passion for sailing and he spends quite a few days on Michigan’s many lakes. 

DANIELLE DOEBEL

DANIELLE DOEBEL

Paralegal

My role at the QuietTitle.com is to assist with the administration of estates and the intake team. My goal is to be an efficient and valuable resource for our clients. I make my best, conscious effort to help our clients feel comfortable throughout their entire probate process.

MORE ABOUT DANIELLE

When I’m not working, I am a busy mom of two boys. You can often find us at the Detroit Zoo or enjoying a show at the movie theater. During my “me” time, you can catch me at sporting events (especially hockey, football, and basketball), cooking, and, of course, shopping.

DESIREE HIPPLER

DESIREE HIPPLER

Paralegal

I joined the Air Force because I wanted to help people, and I fell into probate for much of the same reason. Our clients are typically going through difficult times, and it’s rewarding to know that I’m helping them through it.

I love that my job allows me to meet and talk with so many new people, especially because they usually have such interesting stories.

MORE ABOUT DESIREE

When not at work, I am usually walking my dogs (Chewbacca and Zelda), watching Netflix, reading, or hiking with my husband. I love traveling and have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to do some pretty extensive travel while in the service. To date, my favorite destinations are Germany and Italy because they are both beautiful and, of course, the food is delicious! I like a little bit of everything when it comes to television and reading. Currently, my favorite shows are Reign, Empire, and Last Man on Earth.

SHARON McCARTHY

SHARON McCARTHY

Paralegal

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MORE ABOUT SHARON

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TRACY McGINNIS

TRACY McGINNIS

Paralegal

The majority of my job is extremely rewarding as it includes assisting our clients with daily life. My unique position allows me the opportunity to support our clients with every-day tasks, such as paying bills, making purchases, reconciling accounts, and working out the logistics of any other responsibilities that each client may need for their individual lifestyle and circumstance. Aside from caring for our clients, I also prepare annual accounts, open and close fiduciary bank accounts, reconciling the business accounts, assisting attorneys with Special Needs Trust accounts, and mentoring our new staff and attorneys.

MORE ABOUT TRACY

As a mom and a very family-oriented person to begin with, I love spending time with my kids. Whether we’re enjoying a family pizza night together, shopping at the mall, or just catching up after a crazy day, we’re always having fun together. However, I do enjoy some “me” time here and there, and love to bury myself in a good book, get caught up in a decorating project, or just spend some quiet time with my pets.

MELLISSA E. MOTT

MELLISSA E. MOTT

Paralegal

My days at the office are pretty full. I am responsible for: assisting with intake of files and opening DeceasedGuardianship, and Conservatorship Estates, working with clients (families) to assist in preparation of documents to establish estates, assessing files on a case-by-case basis and scheduling client meetings, and facilitating client meetings.

MORE ABOUT MELISSA

Now that our children are grown, my husband and I are empty nesters and enjoy a peaceful life with our wonderful dog, Maggie. We always anticipate sporadic visits from our daughter, who is not too far away designing and building sets for the many plays that take place at Wayne State University. My daughter’s career path was also fruitful for me, as I was honored with University Liggett School’s Parent of the Year Award for 2015 and 2016 while she was studying there. My son isn’t home very often, as he is an engineering student in the Upper Peninsula. I miss him very much, and am also so proud of him. My “me” time consists of either reading, gardening, or enjoying theatre in all of its forms.

Julie Mueller

Julie Mueller

Controller

Julie wears many hats as the corporate controller for Quiet Title and The Probate Pro’s, but her primary focus is finance and accounting. Specifically, she stays busy with client billing, cash management, and ensuring the firm’s accounting is compliant with the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

MORE ABOUT JULIE

When Julie’s accounting hat comes off, she can be found singing and managing her local band. Prior to starting her own band, she had fronted many other local bands and even enjoyed making some solo performances. A few of her most memorable solo projects have been singing the National Anthem for the Joe Louis Arena, Meadowbrook Concourse De’ Elegance, and Historic Races.

Julie is also an avid slow-pitch softball player since she was eight years old. She and her husband Rob enjoy playing together on co-ed softball teams. When not playing, we enjoy sharing our home with two kitties, Mickey Bear and Oliver Wendell, and watching The Big Bang Theory.

Marlene Pesamoska

Marlene Pesamoska

Office Manager

Marlene has been part of the Quiet Title and Probate Pro Team for over 11 years. She loves tackling new challenges as they come in and working with our wonderful staff.

MORE ABOUT MARLENE

Marlene is married and has two full grown children. She is also the primary care giver for her mother. When she’s not at work or with her mother, Marlene enjoys walking, flower gardening, scrapbooking our grandchildren’s lives, and volunteering at her church.

AMY POMPONIO

AMY POMPONIO

Paralegal

As one of several legal assistants in the office, I provide support on various projects to the attorneys and our probate administrator regarding probate litigationdeceased estatestrust estatesguardianships, and conservatorships.

MORE ABOUT AMY

I originally hail from Northern Michigan, but have been living in the Detroit Metropolitan area since 1986. My life outside of work is also very full. I am married and have been blessed with three beautiful children. I love to spend time with my family and friends, and am my happiest when I can escape to Florida’s beaches with my family. I also enjoy cooking and baking, especially with my son, Gregory, who is an aspiring chef. I am also involved with his youth group through our Church. Just as my work life has been dedicated to the legal field, so has a good chunk of my free time. Several bookshelves in my home are reserved for John Grisham and his series of legal thrillers. And life just wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t find a way to connect every situation to a scene from Frasier, my all-time favorite TV show.

Katie Pusz

Katie Pusz

Marketing Coordinator

Katie helps drive the marketing agenda for Quiet Title and The Probate Pro. She is responsible for the quarterly newsletters, writing and/or publishing content for our website (including many of our funny yet informative blogs!) and posting to our social channels (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn). She is also known for having a bottomless bowl of chocolate on her desk.

MORE ABOUT KATIE

When not working or eating, Katie can be found pushing her personal speed on runs through Stony Creek, cooking her way into the hearts and bellies of my loved ones, or savoring a craft beer at any of Michigan’s delicious craft breweries. Both running and beer have taken her on memorable adventures with her family and friends and allowed her to meet some pretty amazing people along the way.

BRIDGET STURDY

BRIDGET STURDY

Paralegal

As a paralegal, I keep clients updated on their scheduled hearings and ensure they have all of the necessary information to stay informed about their cases. I also assist with estate planning.

MORE ABOUT BRIDGET
Kim Thomas

Kim Thomas

Receptionist

As the receptionist for Quiet Title and The Probate Pro, Kim is usually the first person to greet you at the office. While working at the front desk, you can usually catch her smiling and singing anything and everything.

MORE ABOUT KIM

As a free-spirited and lively person, Kim always a smile on her face. Her hobbies include spending time with her family and loved ones, reading, dancing, and a lot of skating! As a passionate roller-skater, she is an active member of the Detroit Derby Girls (skate name Quiet Storm) and a large skating group called Detroit Sk8Mob, which allows her to travel across the United States while participating in national skate jams and making new friends.

Jody Thompson

Jody Thompson

Paralegal

For more than 11 years, Jody has served as the customer care specialist at Quiet Title and the Probate Pro. On any given day, you can find Jody assisting with quiet title work, scheduling meetings, hearings, and appointments for our attorneys and staff, processing the mail, and helping with any other projects that may cross her desk throughout the day.

MORE ABOUT JODY

In addition to her amazing paralegal skills, Jody is a mother and wife. She enjoys taking care of her family despite their crazy schedules. Between work, school, football and wrestling practice, games, and family gatherings, her life is nothing short of non-stop fun.

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