Does A Will Avoid Probate?

It’s an often-asked question, but to those of us in probate, it’s an  age-old question. Does a will avoid probate? The answer to this question is no, a will does not clear way. A will is a document that guides you through the probate process. The only way to avoid probate is if there were [...]

How to Probate Estate: Open Formal or Informal

There are two primary ways in which probate estate is opened in the State of Michigan. Why are there two different ones? Because there’s an informal process and a formal probate process. Each one has different steps and requirements. Which one you use is going to depend on your situation. Let’s cover the informal and [...]

How to Administer a Probate Estate

You’ve got a probate estate open and you’re the personal representative, but don’t know how to administer a probate estate. Plus, you must pay creditors, settle all the debts, pay all the exemptions, allowances and administrative expenses. Let’s go over on how to distribute an estate. Once you’ve liquidated all the estate assets and are [...]

Why Having an Estate Plan is so Important

You’ve probably read it by now, seen it on the television screen or heard it on the radio. Kobe Bryant, basketball legend – along with eight other passengers, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna – were killed in a helicopter accident on January 26. Typing those words still don’t feel right. LA Times Columnist Bill Plaschke [...]

Probate Steps

Sadly, we’ve seen it often– grieving families leaving the funeral home that is next to our office. We know that these families leaving the funeral home are going through an emotionally tolling experience. Usually after the funeral, these families will be in need of a probate attorney to help get the decedent’s assets distributed through [...]

Learn about the Probate Litigation Process

Probate fights are nasty, exhausting and expensive. Whether you’re about to enter a probate fight or are already immersed in one, it’s important to know what happens in probate litigation. Let’s go over the probate litigation process so that you know what to expect. Lawsuit commenced, complaint filed The lawsuit may be commenced in the [...]

What is Probate and what does a Probate Lawyer do?

People know what a personal injury attorney does. People know what a divorce attorney does. Not many people know what a probate attorney does. This is because probate is broad, with many different functions. The most popular misconception is that a probate lawyer works with clients who are on probation. That is not at all [...]

When to Use Power of Attorney or Guardianship

An estate plan is a wonderful tool that encompasses various documents of authority such as a power of attorney, a will and more. A power of attorney, also known as a letter of attorney, is a written authorization to represent or act for another person. In order to have a valid power of attorney, two [...]

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