Now, unless you have ever needed a probate lawyer, it is likely that you have no idea what one is. Probate law includes many areas – estate and trust administration, guardianships and conservatorships, litigation and appeals, estate planning and special needs trusts, and more. The Probate Pro has highly-experienced lawyers in each of these areas. We pride ourselves on helping you move your case through the probate court process as quickly as possible, thinking up creative solutions to your probate matters, telling it like it is, and being the top choice for a probate lawyer NEAR YOU!

When will I need a probate lawyer?

Here are some examples of situations that you might need our services for. Let’s say that someone close to you passes away, and they leave behind assets and debts that are owed to creditors. The Probate Pro can open their estate for you, gather all of their assets, minimize the debts where possible, maximizing what is left to transfer to the heirs. If it is decided that any property needs to be sold, we can help with that too. If the person that passed away had a Will, it will need to be admitted to the probate court, and the wishes of the deceased followed. We can also help Successor Trustees through the similar process when the decedent had a Trust.

Adults and minors could both potentially require either a guardianship or conservatorship. Let’s say a minor comes into a large amount of money, from a parent that passes away or from a personal injury settlement or anything else. Minors don’t have the legal ability to handle large sums of money, but a conservator could be appointed to manage the money for the benefit of the minor. A guardianship may be required if you have an aging parent that is no longer capable of making decisions in their best interests, such as where they can live safely, whether they should still be driving, etc. A court can appoint a guardian for your parent to assist them with making daily life decisions such as what medical treatment to pursue. The guardian or conservator can be someone close to them or a professional. The Probate Pro offers professional guardianship and conservatorship services, counsel to family members serving as guardians and conservators, as well as a licensed social worker on staff to help guide the family.

Can The Probate Pro represent me in probate court?

There are many probate court scenarios that require an experienced probate litigator. Perhaps a parent passes away leaving all of their money to someone that you feel might have wrongly influenced them to make that decision. You can contest their Will or Trust in probate court. Or perhaps you believe your loved one didn’t understand what they were doing when they signed the Will or Trust, perhaps due to a mental incapacity such as dementia. You can also pursue the removal of a Personal Representative, Trustee, Guardian, or Conservator that you fee is not acting in the best interests of the estate or beneficiaries or seek the return of funds improperly taken from the estate. A probate litigator can help you with the appeal process as well. Our probate litigation team has over 90 years of litigation experience combined, and we fight to win!

Future planning could prevent complicated probate matters

Estate planning might not sound like something you need or want, but if any of the above scenarios don’t sound appealing to you, that is exactly why you do need an estate plan. An estate plan can include wills, trusts, financial powers of attorney, patient advocate designations, beneficiary designations, and more. Having medical and financial powers of attorney will help to avoid the need for guardianship and conservatorship in the future. Likewise, you have the power to choose who you want in these very important positions when you begin to age. A last will and testament, in addition to telling the court exactly how you want your assets distributed and who should be in charge, also allows you to nominate who should be the guardian of any minor children you might have. .. And a Trust can help avoid probate, reduce estate taxes, maintain privacy, and control distributions for minor beneficiaries or those with disabilities. The Probate Pro can help you create a customized plan tailored to your family’s needs, or update existing estate planning documents.

We also offer services to adults and minors with disabilities, including special needs planning, which allows those receiving government benefits such as Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid to continue receiving those benefits even if the disabled person comes into money, whether by inheritance or perhaps winning the lawsuit related to how they became disabled, such as an auto accident, etc. By putting the money in a special needs trust and appointing a third-party trustee, the disabled person is relinquishing control of the funds which is what allows them to continue receiving the government benefits. The trustee is then able to purchase goods and services for the benefit of the disabled person, with certain restrictions as defined by the Social Security Administration and Medicaid, which is administered by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Do any of these services sound like something that you might need? Contact The Probate Pro! We don’t need to be the closest probate lawyer near you, we offer our services statewide in Michigan and Ohio. Consultations are always free!

Phone: (248) 399-3300  Email: info@theprobatepro.com