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The Quiet Title Attorneys
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.
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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 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.
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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 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.
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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 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.
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Outside the office, Michael is an avid Detroit sports fan (yes, that includes the Lions!), craft beer enthusiast, and technology nerd.
Nick runs all QuietTitle.com operations in the state of Ohio, where he is a lifelong resident. He is an experienced attorney that looks forward to applying his courtroom experience to helping all of our Quiet Title clients. His passion is easing unnecessary complications and making quiet titles as straightforward as possible.
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Growing up in Northeast Ohio I have always taken advantage of what each season brings by playing hockey, football, and baseball. I have continued to carry on that tradition by taking part in a multitude of outdoor activities. When I’m not in the office you’ll find me on the golf course, the softball field, or rock climbing with my wife Deanna.
When time allows, Deanna and I love nothing more than spending a week in Mexico or Dominican Republic. Unfortunately, we can’t always be on vacation so we love nothing more than spending our summer nights at the Jake, I mean Progressive Field, watching the Indians. GO TRIBE!
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 real property law and quiet title actions, and looks forward to applying his previous experiences to his quiet title practice. His current role includes supporting the quiet title litigation team with legal research and writing, including the drafting of affidavits, complaints, petitions, motions, briefs, and other related documents as needed for litigation.
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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 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.
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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
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.
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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.
Ashley does much more than just paperwork and research. She builds great client relationships and learns what they need by being an amazing listener.
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Ashley has a black and white tuxedo cat named Tinkerbell and she calls her a fur baby. Her personal library consists of many books by James Patterson, her favorite author. She enjoys Zumba, walking, and singing karaoke although occasionally she claims to sound like a dying velociraptor. She loves being around her nieces, nephews and friend’s children as often as she can.
Danielle’s role at the QuietTitle.com, is to assist with the administration of estates and the intake team. Her goal is to be an efficient and valuable resource for our clients. She makes her best, conscious effort to help our clients feel comfortable throughout their entire probate process.
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When she is not working, she is a busy mom of two boys. You can often find them at the Detroit Zoo or enjoying a show at the movie theater. During her “me” time, you can catch her at sporting events (especially hockey, football, and basketball), cooking, and, of course, shopping.
She joined the Air Force because she wanted to help people, and she fell into probate for much of the same reason. Our clients are typically going through difficult times, and it’s rewarding for her to know that she is helping them through it.
She loves that her job allows her to meet and talk with so many new people, especially because they usually have such interesting stories.
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When not at work, she is usually walking her dogs (Chewbacca and Zelda), watching Netflix, reading, or hiking with her husband. She loves traveling and has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to do some pretty extensive travel while in the service. To date, her favorite destinations are Germany and Italy because they are both beautiful and, of course, the food is delicious! She likes a little bit of everything when it comes to television and reading. Currently, her favorite shows are Reign, Empire, and Last Man on Earth.
Sharon is paralegal and she assists with estate administration, guardianships and conservatorships. She preps paperwork and communicates with clients while prepping what is needed for court.
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In her personal life, she is married and the proud mother of a beautiful, smart and talented daughter. On any given day, you can usually find her and her husband, camped out for hours at their daughter’s dance studio, as she keeps busy as a competitive dancer. Additionally, she is active with her church and serves as a vicariate representative on their parish council, as well as the Secretary of the Homeowners’ Association.
The majority of her job is extremely rewarding as it includes assisting our clients with daily life. Her unique position allows her 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, she also prepares annual accounts, opens and closes fiduciary bank accounts, reconciling the business accounts, assisting attorneys with Special Needs Trust accounts, and mentoring our new staff and attorneys.
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As a mom and a very family-oriented person to begin with, Tracy loves spending time with her kids. Whether they are enjoying a family pizza night together, shopping at the mall, or just catching up after a crazy day, they are always having fun together. However, she does enjoy some “me” time here and there, and loves to bury herself in a good book, get caught up in a decorating project, or just spend some quiet time with her pets.
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).
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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, they enjoy sharing their home with two kitties, Mickey Bear and Oliver Wendell, and watching The Big Bang Theory.
Utonia helps drive the marketing agenda for Quiet Title and The Probate Pro. She is responsible for the quarterly newsletters, writing and publishing content for our website, posting to our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn), and keeping all marketing projects on track.
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Utonia, pronounced YOU-TAH-NAH. It’s her grandmother’s name and always the first thing that people ask her about. She loves live music, especially karaoke. She has 2 dogs at home- Siku, an American Eskimo, and Nova, a Siberian Husky. Much of her time at home revolves around them and cleaning up the massive amounts of fur they leave everywhere!
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.
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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.
Human Resource Manager
As the HR Manager I handle matters regarding the staff within the firm. This may include, but is not limited to, talent management, including the hiring process, organizational development, employee relations, labor relations, problem solving, training, evaluation, and maintenance of human resource records.
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I started my legal journey in the public sector at Wayne County in the Corporation Counsel Department as a legal secretary. My attorney encouraged me to go back to school for paralegal studies, which I did and began working on project-based cases. At Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) I learned from the ground up how to build and complete large projects.
Currently, rehabbing a 1924 Tudor, giving new life to old furniture and hunting for door knobs have become a primary factor in my life and keeps me busy. I also enjoy playing in the dirt (gardening), which always results in something delicious and edible.
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Amy originally hails from Northern Michigan, but has been living in the Detroit Metropolitan area since 1986. Her life outside of work is also very full. She is married and has been blessed with three beautiful children. She loves to spend time with her family and friends, and says that she is her happiest when she can escape to Florida’s beaches with her family. She also enjoys cooking and baking, especially with her son, Gregory, who is an aspiring chef. She is involved with his youth group through their Church. Just as her work life has been dedicated to the legal field, so has a good chunk of her free time. Several bookshelves in her home are reserved for John Grisham and his series of legal thrillers. And life just wouldn’t be complete if she didn’t find a way to connect every situation to a scene from Frasier, her all-time favorite TV show.
As a paralegal, Bridget keep clients updated on their scheduled hearings and ensures they have all of the necessary information to stay informed about their cases. She also assists with estate planning.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
Taylor works to locate files around the office and prepare them for later usage. She also makes many trips to various courthouses to file documents on behalf of our clients.
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