When a loved one has passed it can be a very stressful and confusing time.
In addition to the emotional impact of the loss, there is often the legal need to administer the decedent’s estate in a timely and organized way. We strive to compassionately assist our clients in the administration of decedents’ estates, regardless of whether the individual died with or without a will, or with a trust.
The primary duties of a personal representative or trustee in Michigan estate administration involves collection of assets, management of assets, and disbursement of assets. There are very specific laws and time limits involved in administering a decedent’s estate. There are also severe penalties for the improper administration of an estate. If you are in charge of administrating the estate of a loved one, we can help. We can also assist you in the administration of estates from out of state.
Simply put, the Michigan probate process is designed to transfer a decedent’s property to heirs. Unfortunately, there is nothing simple about it. The process can involve dealing with the Court System, voluminous paperwork and a considerable amount of your time.
All of this would be difficult enough without the added stress and grief of coping with the loss of a loved one. You do not have to go through this process alone. While much of our practice is devoted to helping families avoid probate entirely, through the use of trusts and other estate planning tools, we will guide you through the probate court system with sensitivity and compassion. Please call us today to learn how we can be of service through this difficult time.