Knowing what you own and how you own is the easiest way to avoid probate. Not understanding these things and working to avoid probate could cause stress, excessive costs, and discontent for your family. Probate is necessary in Michigan to regulate the final dispersal of assets no matter how large the estate is. Allowing a probate professional to handle final affairs will give you time to focus on what matters most, the family.

The Law Offices of Ethan D. Baker are here to help you. Final estate administration can be a difficult process. We’ll provide counsel on everything from the will to handwritten documents to help ease the process. Some necessary steps may include:

  • Gathering all records
  • Identifying heirs
  • Probating the estate in court
  • Inventory of assets
  • Notifying and paying creditors
  • Handling life insurance issues
  • Distributing bequests to heirs and beneficiaries
  • Administering trusts
  • Handling all other final affairs of the estate
Will a Judge Decide How to Distribute Your Family Estate?

Michigan provides several avenues to probate. Supervised Probate, stated simply, requires supervision of a judge to determine final placement and dispersal of assets. While Unsupervised Probate, carries less direction from the court a formal hearing may be needed to finalize matters of dispute. No formal hearings are required for Informal Unsupervised Probate, which is administered through filings and paperwork and does not require oversight by a judge.

The Law Offices of Ethan D. Baker have extensive experience in directing all forms of probate estates. With disputed trusts and wills, our experience will lead you in the right direction and allow easy navigation of this difficult process. Our range and expertise includes:

  • Probate administration
  • Litigation in contested estates, wills, and trusts
  • Litigation over powers of attorney
  • Disputed guardianship and conservatorship
  • Final tax issues

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